Catchings hits game-winner to lift East over West in WNBA All-Star Game

PHOENIX, Ariz. (release) -- Playing in her league-record-tying ninth WNBA All-Star Game, former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings hit a game-winning layup with six seconds remaining in overtime to lift the East to a 125-124 victory on Saturday afternoon at US Airways Center.

Catchings, who plays for the Indiana Fever, took the ball coast-to-coast for the deciding bucket that helped the East come out on top after trailing by as many as 12 points in the second quarter. After hitting the shot, she then knocked the ball away from Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock on the defensive end to seal the victory.

The 6-foot-2 forward finished with a double-double, registering 14 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, five steals, two assists and a block in 24 minutes.

Two other UT alums came out on the short end due to Catchings’ heroics. Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks, last year’s MVP, tallied eight points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal in 20 minutes, while Glory Johnson of the Shock chimed in with eight points and three boards in 16 minutes.

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