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Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings has been named the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player, the WNBA...

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Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings has been named the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player, the WNBA announced today. Catchings received 292 points (21 first place votes) from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters. Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles finished second with 209 points (six first-place votes) and Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles finished third with 148 points (six). Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird finished fourth with 106 points (two) and Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen finished fifth with 104 points (four).

From WNBA.com: Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings Named 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player. Catchings was the basketball common sense choice for MVP so that she finally won is something more of a relief after being denied for so many years. But it's also good to see that both Sue Bird and Lindsay Whalen finished in the top five as players who had outstanding seasons as point guards, something that so often goes underestimated. Click here for more thoughts on the candidates.