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WIAA Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Hall of Fame inductee got start at JBLM

Former Stanford, Seattle Storm basketball star to be inducted into WIAA Hall of Fame

Published: 01:29PM April 17th, 2014
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Kate Starbird shoots over Katie Smith during a 2002 game against the Minnesota Lynx in 2002.

More than two decades after a prolific high school basketball career, Kate Starbird continues to be recognized.

Starbird was selected as one of six inductees into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Class of 2014 Hall of Fame. The WIAA Hall of Fame recognizes, preserves and promotes the heritage of interscholastic activities in the state.

“It’s always fun to think back on being a young player,” Starbird said. “I always felt so supported by the state of Washington and the WIAA. It’s definitely an honor.”

Starbird will be honored at a noon luncheon, May 7, at the Renton Pavilion Event Center, where the WIAA will conduct its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The daughter of an Army colonel, Starbird moved to Joint Base Lewis-McChord when she was 14.

“I was a pretty good basketball player, but that’s where I became a really great basketball player,” Starbird told the Northwest Guardian in 2012. “Just playing with all the other military brats and a lot of young Soldiers over there teaching me a thing or two. It really contributed to me becoming the basketball player I was.”

In her senior season at Lakes High School, the 6-foot-2 swing player averaged 29.76 points per game, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocks. She graduated from Lakes in 1993, where she finished her prep career as the all-time leading scorer in Washington state high school basketball history with 2,753 points in 104 games.

Also during her senior season, Starbird took two college courses each quarter at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom as a Running Start student. Starbird was recognized at the college’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Celebration Thursday.

After high school, Starbird went on to become a two-time All-American at Stanford University, where she was named the Naismith Player of the Year in 1997. The standout athlete was also an academic All-American with a degree in computer science.

Starbird played with the American Basketball League after college, as well as the Women’s National Basketball Association and several European Leagues. She retired at age 30. Starbird returned to Washington state two years ago to begin work as an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering.

Tickets to the luncheon are $20. For more information contact Andy Barnes at abarnes@wiaa.com.