Game On recently profiled former Liberty women's basketball standout Katie [Feenstra] Mattera, part of the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
Mattera helped put Liberty's women's basketball program on the national map, guiding the Lady Flames to the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Mattera became the program's first NCAA Division I All-American and the first of two student-athletes in Big South history to be named Player of the Year three years in a row (2003-04-05).
The native of Grand Rapids, Mich., led the country in field goal shooting percentage in 2004 and 2005, helping her finish her career with 1,845 career points scored.
The center finished her career as the program's all-time leader in field goals made (764), field goal percentage (62.2) and blocked shots (257).
Mattera continued her stellar playing career at the professional level when she became the program's first player to be selected in the WNBA Draft (No. 8 overall selection in 2005).
She finished second in the voting for 2005 WNBA Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the WNBA All-Rookie team. Her professional career also included time in China and with Team USA, where she helped her team win a silver medal in the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament.
Mattera is currently in her fourth season as head coach of the Cornerstone University women's basketball team. She coached the Golden Eagles to a 63-32 record during her first three seasons and a berth in the 2014 NAIA Division II National Tournament.
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