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With the Eastern Conference Finals coming to a start tonight against Chicago at 7:00 p.m., former Lady Vol and current Indiana Fever player Tamika Catchings has earned the attention and respect of the league through her superior performances.

With 13 years of WNBA experience, Catchings has inspired her own team, helping lead them to their second trip to the finals in just three years. She is seen as a relentless, tenacious legend of the sport and her numbers continue to prove her ability. 

No. 1 - Career Playoff Points - 914

In the second game against Washington in the semifinals, Catchings became the WNBA's all-time leader in Playoff scoring. She passed Lisa Leslie and the score came from a three point shot in overtime. Along with her No. 1 position in Playoff scoring, she also moved into third place all-time for regular season WNBA scoring history with 6,554. 

No. 1 - Career Playoff Rebounds - 487

Along with her earning the best Playoff scoring number and already leading in Playoff steals, she moved into the No. 1 spot of rebounds. In just the first game of the semifinals, she recorded 10 rebounds. 

In her career, she has played in 53 Playoff games, good for fourth all-time. With that record, she has won one WNBA title but has led the Fever to the Eastern Conference Finals for four straights. 

No. 4 - Player Efficiency Rating - 26.0  & Usage Percentage - 29.7

Catching finished fourth in the league in Player Efficiency Rating. It is a per-minuted rating to give a rating of a player's performance by summing up a player's positive on-court accomplishment and subtracting the negative ones. The NBA equivalent of her finish would be to Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins. 

Her Usage Percentage is representative of the estimate percentage of a team's plays that are used by a player while she is on the floor. The formula looks at the player's field goal and free throw attempts and turnovers and finds the percentage of team totals she uses in the same categories. The NBA equivalent for this Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge.


The Nashville Predators of the NHL will be the first team in it's league to host a We Back Pat night in support of Coach Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA Basketball history. The Predators will host the special game on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena.

The We Back Pat game will raise public awareness for The Pat Summitt Foundation, which is dedicated to advanced research for prevention and a cure for Alzheimer's disease. 

If bought online, a portion of the ticket sold will be donated to the foundation.

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Former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings was recently named the WNBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Month for August.

Catchings currently plays for the Indiana Fever and is in her 13th year in the league. This is her first player of the month honor for the season and the third of her career. No other Lady Vol in the WNBA has been awarded the honor this season.

In August, Catchings had an Eastern Conference high in scoring with 16.7 ppg. She ranked seventh in rebounding with 6.3 rpg and sixth in steals with 1.67 spg. Leading her team, Catchings has helped Indiana to the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year.

In all In all five games so far this month, Catchings has scored in double-digits including two games with 25 or more points. Catchings scored her season high of 29 points against the New York Liberty on Aug. 10. She has scored a collective 92 points and 59 rebounds in August.

Catchings will be back in action tomorrow night, Aug. 20, against Washington at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 2.

Happy Birthday - August 4: Reynolds, Hembry and Bajakian

Celebrating their birthday today are sophomore guard Jordan Reynolds and freshman volleyball player Raina Hembry

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Also celebrating his birthday today is offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian

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Happy Birthday - July 30: Pair, McFall and Stricklen

Celebrating birthdays on July 30 are current Vols Marques Pair of the football team and Ryan McFall of the swimming & diving squad. 

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Former men's basketball player Rob Jones, who ranks fourth all-time in games played (130), and former Lady Vol hoops and current Seattle Storm star Shekinna Stricklen also celebrate birthdays today.

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Happy Birthday - July 30: Pair, McFall, Stricklen and Jones

Celebrating birthdays on July 30 are current Vols Marques Pair of the football team and Ryan McFall of the swimming & diving squad. 

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Former men's basketball player Rob Jones, who ranks fourth all-time in games played (130), and former Lady Vol hoops and current Seattle Storm star Shekinna Stricklen also celebrate birthdays today.

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A busy day for birthdays in the Tennessee Athletics family on June 14. 

Celebrating today is the women's basketball legend Pat Summitt.

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Men's basketball head coach Donnie Tyndall and women's volleyball head coach Rob Patrick are also celebrating their birthday today.

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We also send happy birthday wishes to rising junior thrower Cassie Wertman, rising sophomore tennis player Sean Karl and rising senior tennis player Andrew Dromsky


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Also celebrating is former Vols football lineman Anthony Herrera, who played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2004-11. 


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Happy Birthday - Warlick, Petersen and Maddox

On June 11, we send Happy Birthday wishes to women's basketball head coach Holly Warlick, recent swimming graduate Sam Petersen and baseball player Will Maddox who has just signed with the Detroit Tigers.

     

Happy Birthday - June 10: Ariel Massengale

Happy Birthday to rising senior point guard Ariel Massengale.


Helton, Naumoff, Gordon, I.Renfroe Honored By TSHF

Former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton tours the Pat Summitt exhibit at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Helton is being honored as the Tennessean of the Year by the Hall of Fame. Summitt is the former women's basketball coach at Tennessee, where Helton played college baseball. Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP / AP
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame held its 2014 ceremonies on Saturday in Nashville and several members of the UT athletics community were recognized. 

Former Vols baseball star and football player Todd Helton was named The Tennessean of the Year

The former Colorado Rockies first baseman retired last year after 17 years in the major leagues. The Knoxville native played football and baseball at the University of Tennessee before being drafted by the Rockies.

"To be honored as Tennessean of the Year is fabulous. I'm humbled," Helton said. "To see some of the names like Pat Head Summitt, Coach (Phillip) Fulmer and to just walk in some of the same shoes they've walked in just amazing."

Former Tennessee football star and Paul Naumoff was inducted into the Hall as was former Lady Vols basketball standout Bridgette Gordon. 

Softball pitcher Ivy Renfroe was honored as the Amateur Female Athlete of the Year. 

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, left, poses with former Tennessee coaches Phil Fulmer, center, and Doug Dickey before the inductions to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on  Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP / AP

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