June 5, 1977 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|Draft||30th overall, 1999
New York Liberty
|New York Liberty (1999–2003)
Los Angeles Sparks (2004–2005)
Indiana Fever (2006–2007)
Connecticut Sun (2008–2009)
She played collegiate basketball while attending the University of Memphis on a scholarship. She finished second in career scoring with 2,488 points, first in career field goal percentage at 60.6%, fourth in career rebounds with 952, and second in career blocked shots with 108. She was the Conference USA player of the year in 1998 and 1999. She led the NCAAW in scoring during her senior year at University of Memphis.
Whitmore was named to the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team when it was invited to the 1997 FIBA Junior World Championship (now called U19) held in Natal, Brazil. After beating Japan, the next game was against Australia, the defending champion. The USA team pulled out to a 13 point lead in the second half, but gave up the lead and lost the game 80–74. The USA rebounded with a close 92–88 victory over Cuba, helped by 23 points each from Maylana Martin and Lynn Pride. The USA then went on to beat previously unbeaten Russia. After winning the next two games, the USA faced Australia in the gold medal game. The USA team has a three point lead late, but the Aussies hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Although the Aussies scored first, the USA team came back, then pulled into the lead and held on to win 78–74 to earn the gold, and the first medal for a USA team at a Junior World Championship. Whitmore was the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 9.8 points per game.
In the 1999 WNBA Draft, she was selected by the New York Liberty, for whom she played for five seasons before signing a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Sparks. She played for the Sparks during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Afterwards, she signed another free agent contract with the Indiana Fever for the 2006 season. In Game 2 of the Fever's semifinals matchup against the Shock, Tamika Whitmore set a WNBA record for points in a playoff game with 41, breaking Lisa Leslie's mark of 35.
- 2001–2002: Las Palmas (Spain)
- 2003–2004: Las Palmas (Spain)
- 2004–2005: Halcón Viajes Perfumerías Avenida Salamanca (Spain)
- 2005–2006: Mourenx BC (LFB, France)
- 2006 (until December): Lotos VBW Clima Gdynia (Poland)
- 2007 (from January): Spartak Moscow Region (Russia)
- 2007–2008, 2008–2009: Gambrinus Sika Brno (Czech Republic)
- "FOURTH FIBA WOMEN'S U19/JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1997". USA Basketball. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
- Offseason 2008-09: Overseas Roster
- WNBA Player Profile
- WNBA "Who I Am" article
- Sun acquires Whitmore and Fever's 2008 1st round pick for Douglas