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ESPN’s VP Stiff and Analyst Catchings To Enter Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

ESPN VP, Programming and Acquisitions Carol Stiff (L); Tamika Catchings (R), ESPN & SEC Network basketball analyst. (Stiff: Melissa Rawlins/ESPN Images | Catchings: Joe Faraoni/ESPN)

The 2020 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees were announced last night on ESPN2 during halftime of No.1 South Carolina’s 70-52 win over No. 5 UConn.

Among the seven inductees are ESPN’s Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions Carol Stiff and ESPN & SEC Network Analyst and women’s basketball legend Tamika Catchings.

CONGRATULATIONS FOR STIFF

No one behind the scenes has done more for or fought harder for women’s basketball than Carol Stiff. The growth and exposure the sport has seen over the last three decades and the stage we are able to put these athletes on now is due in large part to her dedication and this honor is so well deserved. – Pat Lowry, ESPN Coordinating Producer for women’s college basketball

I am thrilled for Carol. Most people in the world of women’s basketball know the impact she’s had on the growth of the game but now more people will be aware of exactly who Carol Stiff is and what she has done to advance the sport over the last 25 years. Neither women’s college basketball nor the WNBA would be where they are in terms of popularity and growth without Carol. – Rebecca Lobo, ESPN Basketball Analyst

CONGRATULATIONS FOR CATCHINGS

Tamika Catchings’ achievements are well-documented. She didn’t just play on championship teams, she was a driving force behind the success of those teams. Her competitive spirit, leadership ability and talent are admired worldwide. I am even more impressed with her as a person. If we all comported ourselves as Tamika does, the world would be a better place. – Andy Landers, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Coach and ESPN Analyst

Tamika’s love and knowledge of the game is tremendous, but what sets her apart is how she’s used basketball to impact others. I have loved watching her interact with athletes and push them to find the best in themselves. Tamika loves basketball, but she cares more about the people she’s met through the sport, and that takes the game to a whole new level. The sport of basketball is better because of Tamika Catchings, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of becoming a Hall of Famer. – Courtney Lyle, ESPN Play-By-Play commentator

We spent nearly 20 years watching Tamika’s basketball career play out on our air and I personally covered many of her games. She didn’t just simply play basketball, she was a fierce competitor that sparked a fire in her teammates to reach the highest levels of success. Tamika is a legend on the court—an even more amazing human off the court—and we are honored to now have her as a member of the ESPN family as an analyst. I am thrilled to see her receive this honor because she epitomizes what it means to be a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. – Pat Lowry, ESPN Coordinating Producer for women’s college basketball

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