Through the years with Kate
Kate's Run at Stanford University
||Kate Starbird as a
sophomore at Stanford University, back when she
had lots of hair. She looks so un-star like that
when she first met Jamila Wideman she introduced
herself as Kate Starbird and Jamila reportedly
said "No, you're not." because
"She didn't look the part."
|Kate had a huge impact
on Stanford's basketball team right from the
beginning, even though she didn't expect to. She
told a friend that she didn't even think she
would get to play her freshman year. "Kate's
our Jerry Rice," Stanford Head Coach Tara
VanDerveer said. "He scores a touchdown,
puts the ball down, and goes about his business.
That's her game too - she'd rather play it thn
talk about it. Being the center of attention is
the last thing on her mind."
imagined she would become so famous for doing
what she loved most. Because Kate was so shy, to
cut down on being stopped, she often wore a shirt
that read "Stanford Swimming" She
called it her best disguise. "I didn't
really think I would be a star. I was just hoping
to get a Stanford Education." Kate told the
and Charmin Smith. (I think this picture is from
Senior night at Stanford, but I'm not positive.)
||Kate and Charmine became
very good friends over their four years at
Stanford. Now they are both playing for the WNBA.
Kate even wrote about Charmine in her WNBA column
||This is a sight you
didn't see too often during Stanford games for
two reasons. One, Kate is usually so focused on
the game she doesn't do much joking around, and
two, Kate was usually on the floor.
|The joy of winning.
Kate Starbird gives Jamila Wideman a high-five
after winning a game.
||Although Kate didn't
know if she would get to play dring her time at
Stanford, her coaches did. Tara Venderveer told a
reporter, "I never saw her play in person,
but I saw her on two videotapes. Based on that,
we offered her a scholarship. I could see she
knew how to get the ball in the basket, and
that's something you can't teach. You either have
it or you don't."
|I love this picture. I
don't have much to say about it, but there aren't
many pictures of Kate looking like so relaxed.
||Kate Starbird on the
cover of the Cardinal Today near the end of her
Stanford Career. Kate wrote this on her webpage
at Stanford about leaving: "Yes, I'm going
to be extremely sad to leave Stanford. It has
meant so much to me, and will always contain
great memories for me... those new basketball
leagues... seem to promise me that my playing
days aren't going to come to an abrupt end in the
month of April, but instead a new
summer before Kate's first year with the Reign
|Kate Starbird at her
announcement that she was signing with the
Seattle Reign of the American Basketball League.
This was held at the Space Needle. "It's
going to be fun to be playing in front of my home
town, and I feel I'm a good fit for the team and
the organization in Seattle" Kate told
reporters that day.
||Kate Starbird making a
video game. She had to do basketball moves in
that outfit (the little white balls duck-taped on
her are sensors) so that the computer could
program her movements. She isn't portrayed in
March Madness because she was no longer a college
player, but lots of players now have her jump
|Kate in her first ABL
commercial entitled "What I did on my summer
vacation." It was a pretty cool commercial,
and if you notice, in the opening (this picture)
her shirt reads "I'm a nerd."
||The biggest day of
Kate's life. Okay, maybe not, but one of the
biggest in my mine and sister's. We met Kate for
the first time at the Seafirst Jammin Hoops camp
in Tacoma, Washington.
Starbird on the Reign
|Kate Starbird in front
of her Seattle Reign Locker. In this picture you
can see just how skinny she really is.
||Kate playing for the
Reign in her rookie year. She was really excited
about being back at home, even if her real
hometown was Tacoma, not Seattle. ABL founder
Gary Cavelli said that Kate "Is definitely
one of the most talented and most exciting
basketball players int he world."
|Kate Starbird during
her Rookie season. The black eye came from a
punch (or elbow - there are different opinions)
from Long Beach Stingray Venus Lacey. She had a
rough season, a black eye, a broken pinky, two
bloody noses, and many bumps and bruises.
||Kate after the final
game of te 1997-98 season. She wrote in her ESPN
journal about the season. "I learned a lot
about basketball, and about myself, found a ton
of motivation for the offseason, and recognized
just how good I have it. Through it all, through
December, a coaching change, and all sorts of
emotional ups and downs, I always had something
to be thankful for, and that was and is great
|After her first season
with the Reign, Kate made the commitment to bulk
up. She told the Seattle times she was tired of
getting pushed around, and she was going to do
something about it. She did. She gained 10 pounds
over the off-season, most of that muscle.
||Kate's bio picture the
second season. You can even tell from that picture
that she's bigger and stronger than ever.
|When Kate says she's
tougher, she means it. Her coach, Tammy Holder,
noticed the change. "Now she puts a little
more into her passes and doesn't allow other
people to take advantage by posting her up, and
she's taking more pride in her defense. Not only
is she physically stronger, but mentally tougher
Kate With the Sacramento Monarchs
||Kate Starbird at the
WNBA Pre-Draft Camp. Check out how she did here.
|Kate playing for the
Sacramento Monarchs after being drafted to them
in the third round.
||Kate Starbird is
talking to a reporter before her first-ever
playoff game. She reportedly discussed the
chocolate chip cheesecake she ate for desert the
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