Allison Feaster...Almost Famous?

Allison Feaster is already famous in some circles. The town of Chester, South Carolina knew her name long before anyone else. Harvard University and the rest of the Ivy League later found out she could play some ball. Even the country of France now realizes she can find a way to score the basketball. The Greater Charlotte Area knows she is a solid contributor on both ends of the basketball court as well as in the community.

But what about the rest of the WNBA? Feaster often goes undetected as a member of the Charlotte Sting, a team that consists of a balanced scoring attack, the WNBA�s all-time third-leading scorer in Andrea Stinson and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Dawn Staley.

Feaster, a 5�11� forward, is in her sixth year in the league and third season with the Charlotte Sting. She has steadily improved each year and one thing is for sure � she can shoot the basketball.

In 2002, Feaster led the WNBA with 79 three-pointers, setting a new team record for most three-point field goals made in a season. In 2003, she is the team�s leading scorer (13.8 ppg) and ranks among league leaders in points per game (13th), field goal percentage (42.2 %), free throw percentage (18th, 83.3%), three-point field goal percentage (35.9%) and three-pointers made (2nd, 37).

As one of the unsung players in the league, Feaster goes unnoticed in the national radar more often than not. She is one of only three leading scorers of WNBA teams to not play in this year�s All-Star game. But Feaster knows how to compete- offensively and defensively. Often assigned the task of shutting down the other team�s best player, Feaster still finds a way to put the ball in the basket, rebound (3.2 rpg) and play defense (1.38 steals per game, 16th in WNBA).

A hometown star who held the South Carolina high school scoring record until this past winter, Feaster enrolled at Harvard University upon her graduation from Chester High School. At Harvard, Feaster blossomed into a four-time All-Ivy League first team selection, three-time Ivy League Player of the Year, the 1997-1998 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a 1998 Kodak All-American when she was the nation�s leading scorer at 28.5 ppg.

Instead of taking a job on Wall Street, Feaster opted for the WNBA and was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks (No. 5 overall) in the 1998 WNBA Draft. She spent two seasons in L.A., but suffered a broken foot before being traded to the Sting in 2000.

As a member of the Sting, Feaster enjoyed a run to the WNBA Finals in 2001 and is enjoying another great season this year. During the WNBA offseason, Feaster plays overseas with her husband, former N.C. State standout Danny Strong. Both play professional ball in France during the winter months. In fact, Feaster guided her Union Sportive Valenciennes team to the EuroLeague Championships this past spring. Almost famous or already famous? She doesn�t seem to mind the anonymity, yet still gets it done on the court.