Tamika Whitmore ( born June 5, 1977 in Tupelo, Mississippi, United States) is a professional basketball player. She currently plays for the Connecticut Sun in the Women's National Basketball Association.
Tamika Whitmore played until 1999 for the women's basketball team at the University of Memphis. In 1998 and 1999 she was appointed to the Conference USA Player of the Year. In her time at college, she scored a total of 2,488 points, 952 rebounds and 108 blocks.
Whitmore was selected by the New York Liberty at the 30th place in the WNBA Draft 1999. She played five seasons for the Liberty. Your probably the strongest season in New York she had when she played in the 2002 season in all 32 games from the start. You got this season 30.5 minutes playing time per game and scored in this period average 12.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. So they set a record perslönlichen in all 4 categories. Whitmore also celebrated sporting success with the Liberty. She reached with the Liberty in 2000 and 2002 WNBA Finals, where the Liberty always clear with 0:2 failed first at the Houston Comets and then to the Los Angeles Sparks.
After the 2003 season Whitmore signed a two year contract with the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks she was only substitute player in the 2004 season. The then had an impact on their statistics from, they got for their circumstances little playing time and therefore also scored only 6.2 points per game. In the 2005 season it was the first time permanently in the starting lineup of Sparks. In two seasons with the Sparks they reached the playoffs, where the Sparks always failed in the Conference Semifinals to the Sacramento Monarchs.
After the 2005 season, she signed with the Indiana Fever. In the 2006 season they played their best yet season in the WNBA. Whitmore got 31.1 minutes of play per game and scored in this period an average of 15.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals. So they set a new personal record in all these categories. In the playoffs, they failed with the Fever back in the Conference Semifinals to the Shock. In the second game in this series, they scored 41 points, which meant a new WNBA playoff record for points. Previously, Lisa Leslie held the record with 35 points. In the 2007 season they could not get as much playing time as in the previous season, thereby cutting their points dropped this season to 10.9 points per game. Nevertheless, they could put up with 5 rebounds per game a new personal record. In the playoffs, they failed with the Fever back to the Shock. This time in the Eastern Conference Finals.
February 19, 2008 Whitmore was transferred together with a first-round pick in the WNBA Draft 2008 on the Connecticut Sun for Katie Douglas.