On January 27, 1978, Monroe and Jean Sutton-Brown had their first born daughter. They named her Tamara Kim Sutton-Brown, better known as Tammy, after the actress and singer Tamara Dobson.
TAMMY’S START AT BASKETBALL
Born and raised in Markham, Ontario, Canada, Tammy’s first successes in basketball occurred in her high school years. For Four consecutive years, she let the Markham District High School Maurauders to the regional championship. The Toronto Star also named her Canada’s top female basketball prospect.
Upon graduation, Tammy was recruited to play basketball for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights in New Jersey under the direction of the legendary coach, C. Vivian Stringer. Stringer’s leadership and Tammy’s now collegiate skills granted her the opportunity to call herself a professional Basketball Player and become a globally recognized household name.
Deemed a great player from her freshman year, Tammy led her team to multiple conference championships and the NCAA Final Four in 2000. Field goal percentages and blocks were a major part of her lead. Tammy enjoyed most of her collegiate success as an upper classman. After putting up huge numbers ( 39 points and 17 boards ) in three games during her junior year, she was signed to the Big East First Team. It was then that she led the team to its first ever Women’s Final Four appearance.
By 2001, Tammy’s talents was so widely recognized that she became the 18th draft pick overall to the Charlotte Sting and the second Canadian to ever play in the WNBA. The 6’3” center spent six seasons with the Charlotte Sting where she excelled in her career, leading to her selection for the 2002 WNBA All Star team. In 2007 the Charlotte team folded and Tammy began anew with the Indiana Fever. In her six years with the Fever, playing alongside Tamika Catchings, Tammy continued to grow as a player. Once again, Tammy was selected to be a member of the 2007 WNBA All-Star team. In 2012 Tammy Sutton-Brown was a pivotal member of the 2012 WNBA championship team.
WNBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Tammy dominated the court with her aggressive rebounds, blocked shots and post moves. Tammy became the fifth player in league history to have scored 3,000+ career points, 2000+ rebounds while tallying 400+ career blocks. Tammy consistently dominates the opposition while inspiring teammates with her confidence on and off the court. In addition to her key role on the floor, Tammy has been noted by her teammates to be the ‘mother of the team’, and regularly cooks for others and is always available with words of wisdom.
Tammy also carried her talent overseas for eleven years; Korea, Russia, Czech Republic and Turkey. Tammy collected a championship in Korea with Khumo, and then during her last five years of playing overseas in Istanbul Turkey, Tammy helped lead Fenerbahce to five Turkish League Championships.