*Katherine May Smith,’ called “Katie”, was born on June 4, 1974 in Lancaster, Ohio. She has an older brother, John, and a younger brother, Tom.ChildhoodKatie grew up in Logan, Ohio. She began playing basketball in the 5th grade on a boys’ team, and took tap dance and ballet lessons as a youngster. High SchoolKatie was named the national Gatorade Player of the Year during her senior year, as she guided the Lady Chiefs to the Division I Ohio Girls’ Basketball state championship game.*College’Katie attended the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from 1992 to 1996. She helped lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship, and the NCAA title game in her freshman year.
During her career at OSU, Katie broke the Big Ten record for points scored in a career, in men’s or women’s basketball. She was voted Big Ten MVP as a senior.
Katie graduated in 1996 with a degree in zoology.
ABLKatie played for the Columbus Quest from 1996-1998, helping them to the ABL championship in eacy year.
WNBAKatie was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx and played for them from 1999 to 2005. On July 30, 2005, she was traded to the Detroit Shock, along with the Lynx’s 2006 second round pick, for Chandi Jones, Stacey Thomas and the Shock’s 2006 first round draft pick.
In 2006, Smith became the first WNBA player to win the All Star game as a member of both the eastern and western conference teams. She also became the only player to earn both ABL and WNBA championship rings when the Shock won the WNBA title, defeating the Sacramento Monarchs, the same year.
Katie currently plays for the Detroit Shock.
PersonalOn January 21, 2001, Ohio State honored her as the first female Buckeye athlete to have her number retired. She was also inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in October of 2001.