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SG Katie Smith (Head Coach New York Liberty, HOF)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by BB73, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Former Buckeye Katie Smith doesn't get near the attention that her accomplishments deserve. Over the weekend, I noticed that she was the leading scorer on the winning team in the WNBA all-star game. I only saw this in the box score, she didn't win the MVP (Swoopes did, who scored 15 to Katie's 16), and wasn't even mentioned in the brief article that covered the game.

    Now Katie is about to become the first American woman to score 5,000 points in the history of women's basketball (she needs 11 point in tonight's game). That's a pretty significant achievement. But it won't get a lot of media coverage. Because some of those points came during seasons in the ABL, David Stern's WNBA hype machine will not make much noise about this.

    Congrats, Katie, on being a true pro and representing the Buckeyes well!


    Smith quietly closes in on scoring 5,000

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005

    Associated Press
    Minneapolis -- Katie Smith doesn't have Diana Taurasi's endorsement deals. She doesn't have Lisa Leslie's modeling gigs or Sue Bird's flair in the open court. Her name doesn't roll off the tongue like Sheryl Swoopes.

    Instead, Smith has worked in the shadows, methodically piling up points and quietly knocking down jumpers.

    "If you asked who would be the first to score 5,000 points in women's basketball, nobody would say Katie Smith," said Smith, who grew up in Logan in southeast Ohio and played at Ohio State.

    Smith is poised to become the first American woman to score 5,000 points in her professional basketball career, which spans three years with Columbus in the old ABL and six-plus seasons with the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA.
    She enters tonight's home game against Detroit needing just 11 points to achieve the milestone.

    "It's a tremendous accomplishment," said Lynx coach Suzie McConnell Serio. "To be able to score that many points, and she's been through two knee injuries. She's been able to maintain that level of play."

    So why is it this woman can walk down the street without being hounded by screaming little girls in No. 30 Lynx jerseys?

    "I think her being in the ABL first, she's not one of those Rebecca Lobos, Lisa Leslies, Sheryl Swoopes, the three starters [of the WNBA]," Bird said. "She's a blue-collar player. She drops 25 points on you and you don't even realize it, but trust me, I know. I'm glad I don't have to guard her."

    Even when Smith is brilliant -- she led the West with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range in last weekend's All-Star victory -- it still isn't enough.

    This time, it was Leslie's dunk, Swoopes' MVP award and Taj McWilliams-Franklin's tearful reunion with her soldier husband that pushed Smith to the background.

    "I'm definitely aware of it," Smith says of the lack of publicity. "Part of it is when I came out, women's basketball was just starting to get some exposure. . . . It's somewhat my personality, you just do your job and it doesn't matter."

    Throughout her career, Smith has played with an understated excellence. It makes her a perfect fit in laid-back Minnesota, where even keel isn't just a state of mind, it's a way of life.

    Need proof? Here's Smith on what she thinks of being the first to score 5,000:

    "Not much," she said. "It's kind of vague, just like a number. It just kind of comes as your career goes. It doesn't really have this, Man, I made it' feel to it. It's kind of setting a precedent for others to follow."

    It certainly is.

    "She's one of the great players in the league and very rarely gets credit for that," Seattle coach Anne Donovan said. "She gets the All-Star recognition but she's not one of the featured All-Stars, so she continually flies under the radar screen. It's not a true testament to what kind of player she is, how great a player she is."
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  2. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Lisa Leslie's dunk was a frickin' joke. There are seventh grade boys that can out-dunk her ass...
  3. the WNBA is a frickin' joke:wink2:
  4. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    hopefully she's the last to 5000 as well once this joke of a league has gone the way of the XFL...
  5. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    She Hate Me?
  6. Buckin' A

    Buckin' A Veritas Aequitas

    Katie is truely one hell of an athlete. We both graduated from Logan in 1992. Katie and I actually played on the "Bobcats" basketball team in 5th and 6th grade. She was the first girl to ever play in the boys league. We all thought it was bullshit. It wasn't long before she was kicking all of our ass's, even then.

    Her dad (John) is also my dentist. I recently saw him and he told me that both of Katie's knee's are shot. He says that too much more and she will hardly be able to walk.

    Anyway, congrats to Katie. I am not a fan of womens basketball, but she had far more game than me........
  7. ekeen

    ekeen Banned


    I met Katie's younger brother who is in residency at Michigan State as an orthopeadist. I was really impressed how humble he was. That family did a great job raising their kids.
  8. Buckin' A

    Buckin' A Veritas Aequitas

    Yea, that is Tommy. He is a good kid. She also has an older brother named John jr. who may be a doctor too.
  9. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0



  10. calibuck

    calibuck Too soon old, too late smart

    What a string of accomplishments. Don't they call her 'Casper' because she's as pale as a ghost? A slow, white girl leads the WNBA in scoring for all time? Not bad. She's also the OSU ALL-TIME leading scorer (men's and women's). Not bad.

    Great career, liked it when she was on the OSU women's bench during our season. Can't but help in our recruiting. Don't know much about salaries in the WNBA, but can't imagine that she's paid as highly as Swopes, Leslie, et al.

    Kinda assume that she's accepted to Osu's dent school, and then (as I understand it), she'll set up practice in Logan? Or stay in C-Bus? Anyone know?

    Anyway, a great competitor, and a true Buckeye.

    :gobucks3: :gobucks4: :banger:
  11. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Katie Smith's single-game scoring record was broken by Diana Taurasi, in a double-OT game on a team running Paul Westhead's hurry-up offense.

    Taurasi also broke Smith's record for points in a season, and will also exceed the scoring average when her season ends.

    Taurasi's 47 set WNBA record

    The Associated Press

    HOUSTON - Diana Taurasi enjoyed a record-breaking performance in a game her team had to win.

    Taurasi scored a WNBA-record 47 Thursday night to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 111-110 triple-overtime win over Houston. It was the highest-scoring game in league history.

    "It was a great basketball performance," Houston coach Van Chancellor said. "Had she not fouled out, it could have been well into the fifties."
    She broke Katie Smith's record of 46 that was set in 2001 against the Los Angeles Sparks while Smith played for Minnesota. Taurasi wasn't around for the end as she fouled out with 2:45 left in the second overtime, 35 seconds after she broke the mark.
    Phoenix (16-16) needs to win its remaining two games and hope the Comets lose at home to Seattle on Saturday to qualify for the postseason.
    "What's even better about this night is that we won," Taurasi said.

    August 9, 2006 4:20 p.m. EST
    Christopher Cornell - All Headline News Staff Writer

    Phoenix, AZ (AHN) - In just her third season in the WNBA, former Connecticut star, Diana Taurasi, has set the league's single-season scoring record. Taurasi scored 21 points to help keep the Phoenix Mercury's playoff hopes alive. The Mercury defeated the Minnesota Lynx 99-69.

    Taurasi needed just two points to break the previous record held by the Lynx Katie Smith who scored 739 points in 32 games during the 2001 season.

    Taurasi hit a pair of free throws and then buried a 22-foot jumper with 5:20 left to break the record. She now has 758 points with just three games to go.
    Penny Taylor had 24 points and rookie Cappie Pondexter chipped in 23 points for the Mercury as they won their fourth straight to keep pressure on the Houston Comets. The Mercury trail the Comets by just a game and a half for the fourth and last spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

    While at Connecticut, Taurasi led the Huskies to three straight NCAA championships with the last one coming in the 2003-04 season.

    Following college, she was taken first overall in the 2004 WNBA draft. During her rookie year she was selected to the All-Star team after putting up 17 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game. She was also named the WNBA's rookie of the year.

    Taurasi is a three-time All-Star, and she is looking to lead the Mercury into the playoffs for the first
  12. Taosman

    Taosman Funner Than Water

    For the All Time Leading Scorer of Women's Basketball to ONLY be making
    $90,000 a year is a damn shame!

    She can make more as a dentist!
  13. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Point guard or scoring threat? Smith conquers both

    By Graham Hays

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but aging dogs headed for the Hall of Fame know how to keep a few tricks hidden in reserve.
    D. Lippitt/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images
    Katie Smith went 7-for-12 from the field, with three 3-pointers, five boards and five assists in Detroit's Game 1 home win over the Sun in the East finals.

    So maybe it shouldn't be surprising that Katie Smith, one of the best pure scorers in the history of women's basketball, is making Detroit's offense go by making sure everyone else can score.
    Smith, not exactly ancient at 32, already has impeccable career credentials as a scorer. If you want objective evidence, she's got it. She is the only player who wasn't part of the WNBA at its inception to score 4,000 career points, holds the all-time record for 3-pointers and held the single-game scoring record until Diana Taurasi went off in the final week of the regular season. And with one of the quickest releases in the game and picture-perfect form, she passes any subjective tests as well.
    Calling her a shooting guard is a description, not a position label.
    All of which made last season's trade which brought her to Detroit after nearly seven seasons in Minnesota seem like the kind of move better suited to fantasy sports.
    Sure, in theory it always sounds good to add an elite scorer to the roster, but the Shock already had a backcourt scorer in Deanna Nolan and a frontline full of players who need touches in Swin Cash, Ruth Riley and Cheryl Ford.
    What they didn't have was a point guard, someone to conduct an orchestra full of first-chair talent and first-chair needs.
    When the Shock rose to the top of the basketball world in 2003, becoming the first team other than Houston or Los Angeles to win a championship, that conductor was Elaine Powell. She was a role player responsible more for facilitating offense than creating it. But in averaging better than four assists per game, she allowed Nolan and Cash to create (Cash actually led the team in assists with 135 to Powell's 134 that season) through their normal attacking roles.
    With Powell limited last season and Nolan continuing to emerge as a star, the offense ran through Nolan. But the result was a player who had 44 more assists than anyone else on the team but also a career-worst 100 turnovers and shooting accuracy worse than 40 percent for the second year in a row.
    As explosive and athletic a player as there is in the league, Nolan seemed at times to be fighting her own aggressive instincts in favor of directing traffic. And whether that had much to do with Detroit's 16-18 record last season, it led many to question whether the Shock were doomed to repeat that frustrating mediocrity when they opened this season without adding a traditional point guard (Powell, selected in the expansion draft by Chicago, has since rejoined the roster but plays limited minutes).
    As it turns out, the Shock did have their point guard. She just hid that identity behind a pretty lethal outside shot.
    "It's just basically getting us into what we need to get into, handling the ball, getting the ball where it needs to be, understanding the flow of the game and when maybe not to push it and when to set up," the quick-talking Smith calmly explained in her Midwestern drawl. "But really, it's just to get people in spots and call offenses that can get people touches that need touches or get people the shots that are hot."
    After years of carrying the scoring burden at Ohio State, with Columbus in the ABL and with a Minnesota franchise that struggled to surround her with playoff-caliber parts, Smith settled in as the player running the show for Detroit's star-studded lineup.
    And after a 70-59 win against Connecticut in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday moved the Shock to within a game of the WNBA Finals, Smith appears to be leading them down the same path as 2003.
    "She's gotten comfortable at the position; she's the one that gets us into plays, you know, settle everybody down," Nolan said. "She knows the right plays to call every time so that we have mismatches when we need a basket. She brings a lot of veteran leadership."
    The new role is one Smith said required more of a shift in focus than a shift in skills.
    "My role before is kind of like Tweety [Nolan's nickname], you're a two-guard, you're a scorer," Smith said. "The plays are run for you, and every time you catch the ball you're looking to shoot or to create something. It's that mind-set, you're always attacking.
    "As a point guard, you have to pick and choose, and you have to get people into sets. Yeah, you can get shots off anytime you want to, but that's not going to be effective for the team."
    Against the Sun, Smith excelled at doing just that. In acts as simple as taking the plays from coach Bill Laimbeer while bringing the ball up court, or giving Nolan an encouraging pat on the hip after a timeout in the second quarter, Smith carried herself like someone who knows they're responsible for keeping many moving parts working together while at the same time being dependent on those parts.
    Not that Smith has gone completely John Stockton while playing alongside Karl Malone's daughter.
    "One of my strengths is to be able to score," Smith said. "And you've got that fine line of putting pressure on the defense and looking for your shots and also understanding the tempo and when to get into something, when to push and when not to."
    She toed the line perfectly against the Sun, shooting 7-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc on her way to 17 points. And while she has taken a career-low number of field goals, she has saved her best for key moments, averaging a fraction less than 20 points per game in four games against Connecticut.
    Smith's success at transitioning to a lead-guard role while remaining a scoring threat has probably had the most direct impact on Nolan. Freed up to play her attacking game and spot up for outside shots, Nolan averaged 13.8 points per game in the regular season while boosting her field-goal percentage back above 40 percent and dropping her turnovers well below 100.
    "I think so," Nolan said when asked if Smith settling in has helped her game. "We have the ultimate counterpart that shoots 3 -- the best 3-point shooter in the history of the WNBA -- and that kind of helps out on the other side of the court when people are trying to lean toward her and kind of forget about me. So it helps out a lot."
    Erin Phillips, taking on the assignment usually reserved for Katie Douglas, certainly wasn't forgetting about Nolan in Game 1, but she had a tough time sticking with her as Nolan posted a team-high 21 points.
    "You know, Tweety has been around, and she's … I don't need to give her a whole lot besides continue to attack," Smith said of the advice she lends Nolan. "The girl is a phenomenal athlete and has one of the best looking shots there is. It's just for her to keep that mind-set of attacking and really putting the pressure on at all times, and she can do that.
    "I really like playing with her, she's a really easy person to communicate with. … You just got to keep her going, because she's got a motor that can go for days, and we want to ride that."
    All in all, Smith is having a ball by focusing on distributing the real one.
    "So yeah, basically I have a hand in a little bit of everything, so it's fun, it's a lot of fun," Smith said.
    But you get the feeling the real fun will come for Smith if she gets her hand on the championship trophy.
    Graham Hays is a regular contributor to's women's basketball coverage. E-mail him at
  14. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0


  15. OSU_D/

    OSU_D/ Intense Hater of Big Nut, Buck I Guy & Buckeye Man

    WNBA Championship

    I realize it is a great day for college football, but Katie is playing for a WNBA championship in the deciding game 5 right now on ESPN2.

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