Christensen in 2007
November 16, 1980 |
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||171 lb (78 kg)|
|High school||Modoc (Alturas, California)|
|College||UC Santa Barbara (1998–2002)|
|WNBA draft||2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 40th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Mercury|
|Career WNBA statistics|
|Points||463 (3.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||373 (2.6 rpg)|
|Steals||90 (0.6 spg)|
Early life and education
Kayte Lauren Christensen was born in Lakeview, Oregon to Randy and Cathy Christensen. She attended Modoc High School in Alturas, California and graduated in 1998. She was named the Shasta Cascade League MVP in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Her senior season saw her named the California Division V Player of the Year in 1998 en route to winning the California Interscholastic Federation Division V championship.
Christensen attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she competed on the women's basketball team with future WNBA players Erin Buescher, Lindsay Taylor, and Kristen Mann. She was named to the Big West Conference All-Freshman team in 1999 and was the 2002 Big West Player of the Year.
Professional basketball career
Christensen was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the third round (40th overall) of the 2002 WNBA Draft. She spent four seasons with the Mercury before she signed with the Houston Comets on March 24, 2006. She was waived on May 19, 2006 when she failed to make Houston's regular-season roster. She was signed to a short-term injury hardship contract by Houston on May 23, 2006 before rejoining the Mercury on June 15, 2006.
After the 2006 season ended, Christensen became a free agent until she signed a contract with the Chicago Sky on March 8, 2007. She was released from the Chicago Sky on May 20, 2008 after missing games due to a recurring back injury.
Christensen has twice been the recipient of the WNBA Offseason Community Assist Award, first in 2003 and second in 2004.
Sports commentating career
Kayte served as a courtside reporter for the NBA's Sacramento Kings during Comcast SportsNet broadcasts at Sleep Train Arena. In May 2010, she was replaced by Jim Gray. She has returned to her courtside role for the Kings' 2013-14 season.
Kayte resides in Sacramento, CA with her two dogs, Mischa and Ella. She enjoys cooking, antiquing, and helping her dear friend Carmichael Dave put together things he orders off of Amazon that he can't figure out.
She also plays volleyball in a local co-Ed league.
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- Official website
- WNBA player profile at the Wayback Machine (archived May 17, 2008)
- UC Santa Barbara player profile