One-on-One With Katie Smith
July 12, 2001


When it comes to bringing your "A" game for the All-Star showcase, Katie Smith knows the territory. She currently leads the WNBA in scoring, averaging a phenomenal 25.4 points per game in the first half of the season.

Not only that, but she's in the WNBA record books. Career season you say? Just last week Smith took over the reigns from none other than WNBA legend Cynthia Cooper as the newest scoring phenom. After putting down 46 points in an overtime loss to Los Angeles, Smith not only earned the league's points in a single game title, but became the only other player in league history to score 40-plus points in more than one game in a season (she also had 40 at Detroit on June 17).

At the height of her game, Smith goes into her second WNBA All-Star Game expecting big things. From a two-time ABL All-Star and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, you should too. Be sure to watch her and the other All-Stars during the 2001 All-Star Game on Monday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

But before that, Katie dropped by for a live chat on Thursday, July 12. Here's what she had to say:

Marty from at 4:46pm ET
Hello Katie. Describe what it will be like to play in Monday night's WNBA All-Star Game?

Katie Smith at 4:47pm ET
It's awesome. The league is so talented. It's great to be recognized as an All-Star and put on a show for the fans.
Amanda from at 4:46pm ET
Hi Katie! I was wondering where you keep your gold medal?

Katie Smith at 4:47pm ET
It's with me in Minnesota now, but I usually have it in a sock drawer in Ohio. And I will not tell you where in Minnesota.
Nicole from at 4:48pm ET
Congratulations on a great season. You have really been taking it to them. Do you have any highlights from this season that stick out in your head? Maybe any play from your 46 pts. against LA.

Katie Smith at 4:48pm ET
During the LA game ... one three-point shot on Lisa and then a drive to the basket. Those are the two that probably stood out in my mind.
Starkman88 from at 4:49pm ET
Olympic champion and WNBA scoring champion aside, is there any other achivement you think you can achive in your career?

Katie Smith at 4:50pm ET
I definitely want the WNBA title -- that's what we're trying to build here in Minnesota.
Nikki from at 4:50pm ET
Hi Katie. What WNBA team would you say is the toughest team you have had to play aginst this season?

Katie Smith at 4:50pm ET
So far, Sacramento is the toughest team we played all season. They were hitting on all cylinders when we faced them and it seemed like they could do whatever they wanted.
Alyssa from at 4:50pm ET
What was it like playing against Jackie Stiles and former teammate Kristin Folkl? Good luck the rest of the season!

Katie Smith at 4:51pm ET
Kristin, it was good to see her, but not a big deal to play against her, and good to see her doing well. With Jackie, she's a talented player and is having a great season.
Amanda from at 4:52pm ET
Oh my gosh! I look up to you so much in everything that you do! How does it feel to be a role model to many different people?

Katie Smith at 4:52pm ET
Feels good. It's something that when I got involved in basketball that I didn't know would be a part of it. That's the fun of it -- being able to have an influence on many people.
Destiny from at 4:53pm ET
How is it like playing with all the stars during the All-Star Game?

Katie Smith at 4:54pm ET
It's exciting to play with a lot of former teammates and friends in a non-competitive atmosphere and not worry about the playoffs. It'll be nice to just enjoy and relax and see everybody.
Mike S. from at 4:54pm ET
Who was your role model growing up as a kid?

Katie Smith at 4:56pm ET
My mom and dad helped me become what I wanted to be. But I've taken something from everyone.
Kourtney from at 4:56pm ET
Who has been your toughest defender in the league, and who has been the toughest person for you guard during your WNBA career?

Katie Smith at 4:57pm ET
There's not just one ... there's always one on each team that is really focused and gets after you defensively. On the offensive, it's tough to guard someone who can shoot the ball and put it on the floor. There are a lot of people in the league like that.
Mn~fan25 from at 4:57pm ET
In a few years, what do you think Svet (Abrosimova) will bring to the game?

Katie Smith at 4:59pm ET
I think Svet will continue to mature and get better as a player. She's coming off an injury, but she's played in the Olympics, she 21 years old and she has a huge upswing. She brings a heck of a lot to the team and will improve as the season goes on.
Velencia from at 4:59pm ET
Hey Katie! Who do you think will get the Rookie of the Year award?

Katie Smith at 4:59pm ET
It's a tight race between Jackie Stiles and Lauren Jackson. It depends on which team will finish with a better record.
GoLynxGo! from at 5:00pm ET
Hey Katie - What do you think about the buzz about you being named MVP this year? You've got a ton of fans around the country who'd vote for you!

Katie Smith at 5:02pm ET
I am flattered. It's something I'm not really thinking about. Maybe the team needs to be in the front, but I'm just going to go out and play hard and let everything else take care of itself.

Katie Smith at 5:03pm ET
I'm off to practice, but thanks for the questions and sorry I couldn't get to all of them. I'm proud to represent the Western Conference in the All-Star Game and thanks for supporting the WNBA and the Lynx.


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"I am flattered (about MVP consideration). It's something I'm not really thinking about. Maybe the team needs to be in the front, but I'm just going to go out and play hard and let everything else take care of itself."