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Mattera Named to Big South Hall of Fame

April 27, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Katie (Feenstra) Mattera is part of the Big South Conference Hall of Flame Class of 2016.

Katie (Feenstra) Mattera is part of the Big South Conference Hall of Flame Class of 2016.

Former Liberty women's basketball standout Katie (Feenstra) Mattera is one of four individuals who have been elected for enshrinement in the Big South Conference Hall of Fame, as announced today by the league.

Mattera, former Coastal Carolina women's track & field All-American Amber Campbell, former Chanticleer women's track & field/cross country coach Alan Connie and former UNC Asheville women's basketball player Vicki Giffin comprise the 2016 Big South Conference Hall of Fame Class. The four will be officially inducted on June 2, during a special ceremony as part of the Big South's annual spring meetings at the Marriott Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The Big South Hall of Fame, created in 2003 as part of the league's 20th anniversary celebration, now totals 61 former Big South Conference student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors with the addition of this year's class.

Mattera is Liberty's second women's basketball player to make the Big South Hall of Fame, joining Elena (Kisseleva) Bengds, who was part of the 2011 Hall of Fame Class. The 2005 Liberty graduate will become the school's sixth overall representative in the Big South Hall of Fame.

Mattera was a two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American (2004 and 2005), and was the catalyst behind Liberty's run to the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" in 2005, becoming the first Big South basketball program -- men's or women's -- to reach the Regional Semifinals. 

Mattera helped the Lady Flames win four straight Big South titles, became the first player in conference history to earn three consecutive Player of Year honors in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and was voted the Big South Tournament MVP those same three years as well.  She was voted the Richmond Times-Dispatch State Player of the Year in 2004 and VaSID State Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005. A four-time Big South All-Tournament Team honoree and three-time first team all-conference selection, Mattera earned All-Freshman Team accolades in 2002. 

Mattera led the nation in field goal percentage in back-to-back seasons in 2004 and 2005, and was the only player in the country to rank in the top 15 in field goal percentage (1st), points (10th), rebounds (10th) and blocked shots (15th) as a junior in 2003-04. She still holds Liberty's career records for field goals made (764), field goal percentage (62.2 -- Big South record) and blocked shots (257). 

The tallest player in Liberty and Big South history at 6-foot-8, Mattera's current program single-season records include points (674), field goals made (291 -- Big South record) and field goal percentage (67.1 -- Big South record), as well as the program's Division I record for blocked shots (83).

Mattera ranks fourth in program history and ninth in Big South annals for career points (1,845) and is second in program history and fifth in league history with 1,033 career rebounds. 

Voted to the Big South's 2000-09 Women's Basketball All-Decade Team, Mattera helped Liberty to a 100-26 overall record, including a 54-2 mark in regular-season Big South games, plus a perfect 12-0 in four career Big South Tournament appearances.

The Big South's Female Athlete of the Year in both 2003-04 and 2004-05 -- the second two-time winner in league history after Amber Campbell, Mattera was selected No. 8 overall in the 2005 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun, becoming the highest draft pick in Liberty history in any professional sport. She was traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars that same year, finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting and was a unanimous WNBA All-Rookie Team selection. 

Mattera helped the Detroit Shock reach the WNBA Finals in 2007, starting three of the five Finals games, and spent five total seasons in the league (2005-09), scoring 1,000 points in 150 career games. She also spent time playing professionally in China. 

Mattera was part of the USA Basketball Women's National Team in 2007-08 and helped the American team earn a silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Russia. 

Following her time on the court, Mattera returned to her hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2012-13 to become the head women's basketball coach at Cornerstone University. She led her team to a 19-12 record during her first season at the helm, and has recorded a pair of 20-win seasons in her four years with the program, including an appearance in the 2014 NAIA Tournament. 

Mattera was previously inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and into Liberty's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.