published Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw rebounds, free from 'mental prison'

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    Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (24) looks to pass against then-Washington Mystics forward (and former Lady Vols teammate) Chamique Holdsclaw in a 2003 game in Indianapolis.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — Chamique Holdsclaw is getting her life back in order after being trapped in what felt like a "mental prison" following her arrest last November.

The former WNBA star, Olympic gold medalist and Tennessee All-American was treated for depression until being diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder after breaking the car windows of WNBA player Jennifer Lacy with a bat and firing a shot into the vehicle.

Holdsclaw pleaded guilty in June to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and other charges resulting in three years' probation.

She said Tuesday she hates the "uncharacteristic" incident occurred but it's helped her move forward. The 35-year-old says she now is on the right medication and treatment, and the difference in her quality of life is "night and day."

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