Smith Named to 2002 All-WNBA Second Team

Perennial All-Star Katie Smith has scored 3,680 points in her U.S. pro career, including 2,247 in four WNBA seasons.
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Aug. 31, 2002 — The WNBA announced that Lynx guard Katie Smith has been named to the 2002 All-WNBA Second Team presented by Bud Light. Smith earned All-WNBA First Team honors in 2001 and All-WNBA Second Team honors in 2000.

Smith led the Lynx and finished eighth in the WNBA in scoring with 16.5 ppg. She topped the team in scoring in 18 games and tallied 20 or more points in 11 contests. The 5-11 guard appeared in 31 games (all starts) and led the WNBA in minutes played for the second straight season with 36.7 mpg. She earned her third consecutive Western Conference WNBA All-Star Game selection in July.

On July 12, Smith scored a game-high 27 points at Detroit and passed Utah's Natalie Williams to become the all-time leading scorer in U.S. women's professional basketball (ABL/WNBA). Smith has registered 3,680 points in her ABL/WNBA career.

Smith sank three three-point field goals on June 4 at Seattle, pushing her past Cynthia Cooper for first place on the WNBA's all-time three-point field goal list. Smith currently sits atop the list with 287 three-pointers. On July 10, she recorded 21 points versus Portland to become just the ninth player in league history to reach the 2,000-point plateau. Through four WNBA seasons, Smith has scored 2,247 points.

Along with scoring average and minutes, Smith led Minnesota in the following categories in 2002: points (512), field goals made (162), field goals attempted (401), free throws made (126), free throws attempted (153), three-point field goals (62), three-point field goals attempted (188) and assists (79).

Players named to the 2002 All-WNBA First and Second Teams were selected by position by a 60-member voting panel consisting of national media representatives, as well as media personnel from each of the league’s 16 markets. First Team votes received five points and Second Team votes received three points.

The complete list of the All-WNBA First Team and Second Team members and the complete voting results follow.

Position — Player, Team, Total Points
Forward — Sheryl Swoopes, Houston, 294
Forward — Tamika Catchings, Indiana, 264
Center — Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles, 300
Guard — Sue Bird, Seattle, 241
Guard — Mwadi Mabika, Los Angeles, 208

Position — Player, Team, Total Points
Forward — Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington, 155
Forward — Tina Thompson, Houston, 124
Center — Tari Phillips, New York, 81
Guard — Shannon Johnson, Orlando, 199
Guard — Katie Smith, Minnesota, 71

Other players receiving votes: Lauren Jackson, 77; Margo Dydek 66; Marie Ferdinand, 57; Ticha Penicheiro, 47; Dawn Staley, 27; Jennifer Azzi, 23; Andrea Stinson, 23; Yolanda Griffith, 21; Swin Cash, 18; Tammy Sutton-Brown, 12; Adrienne Goodson, 14; Tamecka Dixon, 14; Teresa Weatherspoon, 11; Allison Feaster, 6; Ukari Figgs, 6; Jennifer Gillom, 6; Janeth Arcain, 5; Ruthie Bolton, 5; Debbie Black, 5; Sheri Sam, 5; Vickie Johnson, 3; Tangela Smith, 3; Merlakia Jones, 3; Coco Miller, 3; Becky Hammon, 3.