Katie Smith

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Katie Smith
Born (1974-06-04) June 4, 1974 (age 39)
Lancaster, Ohio
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
College Ohio State
Allocated 1999, to the Minnesota Lynx
WNBA career 1999–2013
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Minnesota Lynx (1999–2005)
Detroit Shock (2006–2009)
Washington Mystics (2010)
Seattle Storm (2011–2013)
New York Liberty (2013)
Awards and honors
Big Ten MVP (1996)
WNBA All-Star (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009)
WNBA scoring champion (2001)
All-WNBA First Team (2001, 2003)
WNBA's All-Decade Team (2006)
WNBA Champion (2006, 2008)
WNBA Finals MVP (2008)

Katie Smith (born June 4, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player, who played most recently in the WNBA. Her primary position was shooting guard, although she sometimes plays small forward or point guard. She is the all time leading scorer in women's professional basketball, having notched over 7000 points in both her ABL and WNBA career. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.


Smith was born in Lancaster, Ohio[1] and spent her formative years in Logan, Ohio. She began playing basketball as early as the 5th grade on a boys' team and took tap dance and ballet lessons as a youngster.

She grew up in a family of student-athletes. Her father, John, Jr., played football at Ohio University (OU), and won three varsity letters in the 1960s before becoming a dentist. Her younger brother, Tom, earned three varsity letters playing football at Ohio University as well as being a member on their track and field team. Tom won the 1996 Mid-American Conference championship in the discus throw. Her older brother, John, was a member of one of nine Mount Union College football teams that won the NCAA Division III title. He now is the head football coach at Bexley High School.[2]

High school[edit]

In high school she was named the national Gatorade National Player of the Year during her senior year as she guided the Lady Chieftains to the Division I Ohio Girls' Basketball state championship game. Smith was named a High School All-American by the WBCA.[3] She participated in the inaugural WBCA High School All-America Game in 1992, scoring fourteen points, and earning MVP honors.[4][5]

College years[edit]

Smith attended the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from 1992 to 1996, and helped lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship and the NCAA title game her freshman year. During her career at OSU, Smith broke the Big Ten scoring record for points scored in a career, in men's or women's basketball. She was voted Big Ten MVP as a senior.

Smith graduated in 1996 with a degree in zoology. On January 21, 2001, Ohio State honored her as the first female Buckeye athlete to have her number retired.[6] She was also inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in October 2001.[7]

USA Basketball[edit]

Smith was invited to be a member of the Jones Cup team representing the USA in 1996. She helped the team to a 9–0 record, and the gold medal in the event. Smith averaged 6.8 points per game.[8]

As a member of the USAB women's senior national team, Smith helped the US earn the gold medals in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics as well as the 1998 and 2002 World Championships.


Smith played for the Columbus Quest of the ABL, helping the team to win both League championships in its only two full seasons of existence.


In 2005, she became the first American female basketball player to score 5,000 total points in a professional career.

On August 16, 2007 she became the first professional women's basketball player to score 6,000 career points (ABL and WNBA combined). At the end of the her career in 2013 Katie had a total of 7885 professional career points, including 1,433 from the ABL and 6,452 from the WNBA.

From 1999 to 2005 Smith played for the Minnesota Lynx, where her outside shooting was the central focus of the Lynx offense. On July 30, 2005, Smith was traded to the Detroit Shock along with the Lynx's 2006 second round pick, for Chandi Jones, Stacey Thomas and the Shock's 2006 first round draft pick.

In 2006, Smith became the first WNBA player to win All Star games as a member of both the Eastern and Western Conference teams. She also became the only player to earn both ABL and WNBA championship rings when the Shock won the WNBA title, defeating the Sacramento Monarchs, the same year.

Smith was the MVP of the 2008 WNBA Finals,[9] when the Detroit Shock beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 3–0.[10]

On March 16, 2010, Katie Smith signed a contract with the Washington Mystics as a free agent.[11]

On April 29, 2011, Smith was acquired by the Seattle Storm in a three-team trade with the Washington Mystics and Indiana Fever. At the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, she was announced as one of the Top 15 players in the fifteen-year history of the WNBA as voted by fans.[12]

On September 11, 2011 Katie Smith became the third player to score 6,000 points in her WNBA career.[13]

In 2013 Smith was picked up by the New York Liberty and announced that the 2013 season would be her last; following the end of the Liberty's season, she was named one of the team's assistant coaches, replacing the departing Taj McWilliams-Franklin.[14]

WNBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  Bold  Career high League leader

Regular season[edit]


International career[edit]



  1. ^ "CBS Sports WNBA". CBS Broadcasting Inc. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  2. ^ Miller, Melissa (8 Sep 2008). "John Smith, head coach Bexley High School". ThisWeek: Community News (ThisWeek). 
  3. ^ "1992 WBCA High School All-Americans". WBCA. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  4. ^ "1992 WBCA High School All-America Game". WBCA. Retrieved 2009-10-26. [dead link]
  5. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Record Book – MVPs". WBCA. Retrieved 2009-10-26. [dead link]
  6. ^ "WBK: Former Buckeye Tracey Hall to Have Number 44 Jersey Retired Feb. 15". Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  7. ^ "Women's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  8. ^ "1996 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Retrieved 16 Feb 2014. 
  9. ^ "Katie Smith Bio". WNBA.com. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  10. ^ http://www.wnba.com/playoffs2008/smith_mvp_081005.html
  11. ^ http://www.wnba.com/mystics/news/katie_smith_signs_with_mystics_2010_03_16.html
  12. ^ http://www.wnba.com/allstar/2011/top15_072311.html
  13. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/news?slug=ycn-9133813
  14. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (19 November 2013). "Katie Smith joins Liberty as assistant". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 

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