Every team has their list of notables. The players that define the team and who the fans come back to see.
The Indiana Fever is no exception to this and have had some skilled and talented players put on the Fever uniform
Nikki McCray is an 11-year WNBA veteran. She has played with the Washington Mystics, the Indiana Fever, the Phoenix Mercury, the San Antonio Silver Stars, and the Chicago Sky. Some of her most notable highlights include scoring over 2,550 career points, and being named to the WNBA All-Star teams 3 years in a row from 1999-01. In the 2000 season, she was the leading vote-getter among the Eastern Conference guards.
While she was with the Indiana Fever during the 2002 and 2003 seasons, her performance during the ’02 season was the best. Of the 32 games of the season, she started all 32 of them and averaged 33.1 minutes per game. She averaged an impressive 11.5 points per game, along with 2.2 assists per game and 3 rebounds per game.
McCray shot 41.5% from the field and 81.6% from the free throw line. Not only has she played in the WNBA, but also in the ABL and overseas. While in the American Basketball League, she was voted the ABL’s Most Valuable Player in 1996-97. McCray traveled international as part of the USA Basketball program on three separate occasions.
These trips were made even more special as they culminated in two Olympic Games appearances and gold medals for the US in both. Currently, McCray is an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina under fellow former teammate, Head Coach Dawn Staley.
Tamika Catchings is still currently playing with the Indiana Fever and is by far one of the most talented players on the court. She is considered by some to be one of the top players on the team and the one other teams focus on to try and shut down.
Some of her most notable awards include being a two-time Olympic gold medalist, three gold medals and one silver medal on four previous USA Basketball teams, including the 2002 FIBA World Championships, and led the 2004 Olympic team with 22 steals, second with 83.3% from the free throw line and 5.4 rebounds per game. Besides being a major threat on the court, Catchings has also made a name for herself off of it as well.
She is heavily involved in giving back to the community through her foundation, as well as through teaching basketball clinics and camps to youth to try and motivate them and build relationships.
In 2004, she started Catch the Stars Foundation Inc, to provide academic and sports related programs for at-risk youth. Her goals for the foundation are to start after school programs, mentoring programs, book clubs, etc. Catchings participation in the Read to Achieve program have spurred this passion to help those who need a positive role model and influence in their lives.