|Competitor for United States|
|World University Games|
|Gold||1991 World University Games Sheffield, England||Team Competition|
|Gold||Atlanta 1996||Team Competition|
Steding was born in Portland, Oregon, and recruited to Stanford University from Lake Oswego High School near Portland. At Stanford, Steding, a power forward, helped lead Stanford to its first NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship in 1990. Steding recorded ten steals in a game against Northwestern in 1988. The ten steals represents the school record for steals in a single game. When she was a freshman, she averaged 8.7 rebounds per game, which still stands (as of 2014) as a school record.
Steding was named to the team representing the USA at the World University Games held during July 1991 in Sheffield, England. While the USA team had won gold in 1983, they finished with the silver in 1985, in fifth place in 1987, and did not field a team in 1989. The team was coached by Tara VanDerveer of Stanford. After winning opening games easily, the USA faced China in the medal round. The USA shot only 36% from the field, but limited the team from China to 35%, and won 79–76 to advance to the gold medal game. There they faced 7–0 Spain, but won 88–62 to claim the gold medal. Steding averaged 10.3 points per game.
Steding was selected to represent the USA at the 1995 USA Women's Pan American Games, however, only four teams committed to participate, so the event was cancelled.
After Stanford, Steding played basketball in Japan and Spain (Banco Exterior 1993-1994) in the early 1990s before earning a spot on the U.S. national team, where she earned a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
With the formation of the American Basketball League in 1996, Steding returned to Oregon and became the founding player for the Portland Power. When the league folded in 1998, Steding joined the WNBA and played the 2000 season with the Sacramento Monarchs and the 2001 season with the Seattle Storm before retiring from professional basketball. She was drafted by the Monarchs with the 14th overall pick of the [2000_wnba_draft|2000 draft].
In 2001, Steding was named head women's basketball coach at Warner Pacific College. Under her leadership, Warner Pacific went to the NAIA basketball tournament for the first time in school history in 2004. In 2006, Steding's team won its first Cascade Conference championship and returned to the NAIA tournament. Steding was selected as Cascade Conference Coach of the Year. Also in 2006, she took a position as Director of Marketing and College Relations for Warner Pacific.
In 2008, Steding was named an assistant coach of the WNBA expansion team Atlanta Dream. After one year with the Dream, she was hired as an assistant coach for Columbia University women's basketball team. In 2010, Steding was hired as an assistant coach for the University of San Francisco's women's basketball team, working with head coach and former Stanford teammate Jennifer Azzi.
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- Warner Pacific College
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