Yesterday I was running around the Newseum and I saw Katie Smith. I didn't recognize her, but my friend did. Being from Ohio, I remember watching her in college at The Ohio State University. I remember her outside shooting. I have no recollection of her making a lay-up, because when I saw her on TV, she was always launching 3s. Katie Smith led Ohio State to a Big Ten championship and the NCAA title game as a freshman, According to her Wikipedia page, she also broke the Big Ten scoring record for points scored in a career, in men's or women's basketball. Katie Smith is the the first female Buckeye athlete to have her number retired.
I don't follow the WNBA, but I went to a few Cleveland Rockers games. Being in Cleveland during the NBA off-season, my ex-fiance would be asked to come out and show support for the Rockers so we'd go to a few games. I remember that there weren't that many fans in the building, but the fans that were there were LOUD.
Back to Katie Smith... According to her Wikipedia page, in 2005, she became the first American female basketball player to score 5,000 total points in a professional career. She is 3rd on the list of all time leaders in scoring in the WNBA behind Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson, however, she is the all time leading scorer in women's professional basketball with her ABL points included. Needless to say, Katie Smith is accomplished.
I thought about going over and saying something to her, but it's all pretty random how I remember her college career and to be honest, I never followed her professionally. She was with a couple of her teammates, and I didn't want to bother her. Maybe one day I'll run over to the Verizon Center and catch a Mystics Game and see her play (i.e. on March 16, 2010, Katie Smith signed a contract with the Washington Mystics as a free agent).