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Kate @ Stanford University

Kate Starbird is the 1997 Naismith Award winner as the nation's top college women's basketball player...Was named player of the year by Rawlings, the WBCA, RCA, the Pac-10 and The Sporting News, and was the top vote-getter for the AP All-America team... Scored 20.9 PPG, 3.7 RPG and 3.2 APG and shot 51 percent as a senior...Re-established her own Pac-10 single season scoring record of 753 points while leading the team to their third straight NCAA Final Four appearance... Two-time Associated Press All-American...Won first-team All-American honors from Kodak, Basketball America and the USBWA and second-team honors from AP, UPI and College Sports Magazine as a junior...
Stanford's all-time leading scorer with 2,215 points... Scored a career-high and school record 44 points vs. USC as a junior... Started 100 of Stanford's last 101 games over three seasons... Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team after starting nine games... Helped the Cardinal to a 118-14 record (.894 winning percentage) during her four-year career, never losing more than six games in any single season... Stanford won three consecutive Pacific-10 Conference titles with Starbird and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, making it to the Final Four in each of the last three seasons only to be eliminated in the semifinal game... Throughout her four years, averaged 16.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Kate Starbird as a Sophomore

While Kate was being recruited by Stanford, she always seemed to be sick... Every time Tara VanDerveer (the head Coach) called Kate on the phone, Kate always had a cold... On her recruiting visit, Kate was sick, her stomach was hurting, and she didn't feel good... She fell asleep during ...the football game they took her to... Although Tara had never seen Kate play in person, she gave her a full scholarship anyway... Tara had seen a tape of Kate playing, and Kate scored so much Tara couldn't argue with that... Kate chose Stanford over the University of Washington because stature in academics and basketball... Kate keeps in touch with all of her former Stanford teammates... Kate was originally going to major in Chemical Engineering, but sometime after her sophomore year decided to switch to Computer Science... When Kate arrived on Campus as a freshman, she was on crutches with a sprained ankle and a cracked kneecap... needless to say Tara wasn't too happy... Kate's Knee seemed to heal by itself... The coach was holding a sprinting contest and Kate gave it a shot... She beat everybody event though Tara didn't think kate would make through the first round... Tara had to challenge somebody to beat herstarbirdfan Kate often reminded Tara "Don't let the frame fool you"... Kate stayed for summer school to graduate on time...As a senior Kate began averaging 20.1 points... That was the first time since VanDerveer arrived at Stanford that any player had averaged twenty.

 

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