Tamika Catchings’ Story is Told in New ESPN Documentary ‘CATCH98’

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    The storied career of one Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings will be told to the world in ESPN’s new documentary, CATCH98.

    CATCH98, the season finale from the SEC Storied film series, will premier on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. The film will be televised on the SEC Network and online with WatchESPN.

    The documentary will tell the story of Tamika Catchings, Pat Summitt, and the 1997-1998 Tennessee Lady Volunteers.

    “When Catchings arrived at the University of Tennessee, Pat Summitt had already won five national championships – two of them in the previous two years,” the documentary’s preview from the SEC states. “Women’s basketball at Tennessee was unequivocally the best in the country, as the 1997-98 Lady Vols made history with a perfect 39-0 record, the most wins ever in women’s collegiate basketball at the time, completing an unprecedented NCAA Championship three-peat. ‘CATCH98’ tells their story through the lens of team member and 2020 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tamika Catchings – one of the greatest, and in some ways, unlikeliest to ever play the game.”

    The University of Tennessee and Tennessee Athletics were able to have an early showing of the film earlier this week as the stars of the show celebrated the premier. 247 Sports’ Maria Cornelius shared an interview with head coach Kellie Harper and Catchings after the showing, which can be found below.

    “What a privilege and an honor to go back and reminisce on our 1997-98 undefeated Tennessee Lady Vols season through CATCH98,” Catchings said of the film via SEC Sports. “Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters were phenomenal to work with and so thorough on the work that went into telling our story again. Some things are never to be forgotten and having the opportunity to re-live the moments with my family, teammates and fans was amazing.”

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    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.


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