Dec. 2, 2002

By Elizabeth Kuehn
OU Media Relations

Senior guard Kate Scott began her Oklahoma basketball career as a freshman walk-on during the 1999-2000 season, the first season the Sooners went to the NCAA Sweet 16 in more than 10 years.

Since that time, Scott has put in countless hours with the team on and off the court. For her time and commitment to the women's basketball program, Head Coach Sherri Coale awarded Scott a full scholarship in January 2002, and the team showed its appreciation by voting her one of three team captains this season.

Scott's journey to Oklahoma came via injury in a different sport. The Overland Park, Kan., native was a high school standout in both soccer and basketball for Shawnee Mission East High. Skilled in both sports, Scott was looking to continue soccer following her prep career. After suffering a hip injury late in her senior season, she ruled out playing on the collegiate level. Unfortunately, Scott had already passed on several basketball scholarships and was left in limbo.

"After my soccer injury, all my chances to play basketball were gone, too," Scott said. "I had already overlooked them."

Scott debated her options and decided to contact Coach Coale about joining the Sooners. The OU coaches went to Kansas to watch Scott play and were pleased with Scott's abilities. Coale and her staff extended an invitation to Scott as a walk-on, an invitation she gladly accepted.

For Scott, playing basketball at Oklahoma is the fulfillment of a dream. Scott is continuing a family tradition by attending the University of Oklahoma. Her sister graduated from OU last year. Both of her parents, her grandfather, and three of her aunts also attended the university.

"I've always wanted to play basketball and attend school here," Scott said. "It worked out perfectly. I have no regrets whatsoever."

Coming from Kansas, Scott did not know many people when she arrived in Norman, nor did she know what to expect from playing collegiate basketball.

When she got to campus, Scott joined the Chi Omega sorority and met a group of women who helped make her move away from home easier. Scott says her sorority sisters continue to be very supportive of her. "They will still call me and wish me luck on games," Scott said.

Scott has also adjusted well to her new role on the basketball team as a tri-captain.

"It was awesome, just a great honor because my teammates picked me," Scott said. "I came in as a walk-on and to become one of the leaders of the team is something I never expected. I'm just glad that my teammates believe they can come to me and trust me to give them honest opinions and trust me to talk to the coaches if I need to."

As a team leader, Scott recognizes it will take teamwork and unselfishness for the Sooners to be successful. "We have 14 people on the team and it takes 14 people to win a national championship," Scott said. "Some games will require a different lineup than others but we all must be ready to contribute whatever the situation maybe."

With six incoming freshmen and two newcomers, Scott says she is impressed with how well the team relates with one another on and off the court.

"It's amazing how fast this team has clicked," Scott said. "Usually on off days, most teams like to get away from each other or catch up on school. On our off days you'll see us out shopping together, going to the park, or going to the movie or something.

"I think we're a step ahead of probably any team that has a lot of freshmen," Scott said.

This togetherness is what Scott hopes will lead the Sooners to their second consecutive NCAA Final Four in Atlanta, Ga., in April.