|Representing United States|
|World University Games|
|1997 Marsala, Italy||Team Competition|
Kate Starbird (born July 30, 1975) is a former professional basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the American Basketball League (ABL). She is currently a computer scientist, and since September 2012, a faculty member of the University of Washington Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering as an assistant professor.
Born in West Point, New York, Starbird attended Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington where she was named a High School All-American by the WBCA. She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game in 1993, scoring twelve points, and earning MVP honors.
At Stanford University, Starbird held the all-time Cardinal career scoring record with 2,215 points until January 31, 2008 when Candice Wiggins broke the record. In 1997, she was awarded the women's Naismith College Player of the Year award, the USBWA Women's National Player of the Year award, and the WBCA Player of the Year award. After college, she joined the ABL's Seattle Reign.
In 1999 she was drafted into the WNBA by the Sacramento Monarchs, who selected her 26th overall in the 3rd round of the 1999 WNBA Draft. She was then picked up by the Miami Sol in the 1999 expansion draft, then traded to the Utah Starzz for Elena Baranova and a second-round pick. She was then traded by the Starzz to the Seattle Storm for Semeka Randall in 2002. She missed the 2003 season, then joined the Fever in 2004.
She was inducted to the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame on November 2, 2007.
Starbird represented the USA at the 1997 World University Games held in Marsala, Sicily, Italy in August 1997. The USA team won all six games, earning the gold medal at the event. Starbird averaged 8.7 points per game.
1997-1999: Seattle Reign
Since September 2012, she is a faculty member of the University of Washington Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering as an assistant professor. Starbird received her Ph.D. in the A.T.L.A.S. (Alliance of Technology, Learning, And Society) program at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012. She studies educational possibilities of social media as well as Crisis Informatics. She received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2009.
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