Update: 'Ms. Basketball' Shoots for Third Olympic Gold

Tamika Catchings, who played for Stevenson High School in the mid-1990s, is a member of the 2012 women's basketball team.

Update: Aug. 12

The U.S. women's basketball team won the gold medal Saturday in its final Olympic game, beating France 86-50.

Tamika Catchings, a member of the team who played basketball for in the '90s, Tweeted the news Saturday afternoon.

"Wow #Soblessed!! #OperationGOLD ACCOMPLISHED!!! Such an amazing experience w/ an amazing team! Luv ya'll! Dreams do cm true... : )," she wrote.

The gold medal was the third for Catchings, and the seventh consecutive for the U.S.


A former star basketball player for is shooting for the Olympic gold for the third time as part of the U.S. women’s basketball team. 

Tamika Catchings, who as a sophomore led the Patriots to the 1995 state championship, was also named Ms. Basketball of Illinois that year, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Catchings then moved to Texas, where she completed high school. She went on to play basketball for the University of Tennessee, and was drafted by the Indiana Fever in 2001. She has since stayed with the WNBA team.

Catchings played on the women's Olympic basketball team in 2004 and in 2008, taking home the gold both times.

In London, the team won all five of its preliminary round games. Team USA will face Canada in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The winner of that game will advance to Thursday’s semifinals, with the finals scheduled for Saturday night.


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