Kayte Lauren Christensen is a former professional WNBA player. Kayte now works as an expert commentator and analyst of basketball game where she gives her deep-down analysis on the background information like strategy, statistics, and other related issues of each team and the individual players to make the game more interesting and engaging.
Started career in 2002 with Phoenix Mercury, Kayte Christensen continued her professional basketball vocation as a forward player up to 2008. Afterward, she began to showcase her prominence as a sports color commentator at ESPNU, ESPN, and NBC Radio.
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Kayte Christensen Primary Life and Educational background:
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She born in November 16, 1980 at Lakeview, Oregon in the family of Cathy and Randy Christensen. Later she moved to Modoc County sawmill ghost town of Likely, California with the family for pursuing graduation from Modoc High School in 1998 and completed further education from University of California at Santa Barbara in 2002.
Since school days she had been showing her talent for basketball game and subsequently got selected for the Chasta Cascade League for seasons of both the junior and senior. In her spare times, she used to tutoring the younger girls on basketball. In 1998 she was named as the California Division V player to participate in the senior season and won the championship of California Interscholastic Federation.
At the university level she started to play competitive women’s basketball with some of the future WNBA stars like Lindsay Taylor, Jennifer Lacy, Kristen Mann, and Erin Buescher. In 1999, she was selected for All-Freshman Team of the Big West Conference and named as the player of year of the Conference in 2002. She is an all-time career leader for field goal percentage at Santa Barbara. For her mind-blowing performance in rebounds and blocked shots, she ranked among top ten during that time.
In the first season (1998-1999) at UCSB, Christensen scored double figures for nine times including scoring 18 points (her career-high) for twice. On an average, by 16.9 minutes of play at each game, she completed the season with an average 8 points and 5.6 rebounds. She was named as the player of the season.
In the second season (1999-2000), she could play only 18 games. In mid-way of the season, she broke her wrist on January 25, 2000 forcing her to quit the season.
The final season (2001-2002) was her finest season when she skillfully earned honors from All-Big West First Team. In the league level games, she had a dramatic performance scoring on an average 15.6 points with 7.6 rebounds in each match. She was honored twice as the conference Player of the Week on February 5 and March 5 in 2002.
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Although she started her work as color analyst back in 2003 for covering the Sun Devil’s basketball game for women in Arizona, she took the expert commentator job as profession in 2010. She was a courtside correspondent for Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena at the time of Comcast Sports Net broadcasts. After Jim Gray replaced her position, she came back to her analyst commentator role in King’s 2013-2014 season and has been pursuing the job since then. She worked with ESPNU & ESPN also as color commentator, Phoenix Suns as social media spokeperson, and Arizona Republic as engagement producer for social media.
In 2011, US State Department picked her as an Envoy for SportsUnited for traveling to Venezuela. Under the leadership of Darvin Ham, she conducted a basketball clinic for 300 youths of underprivileged areas. By running the clinic Kayte Christensen helped the State Department to accomplish the mission of promoting basketball inclusion and understanding among the youths by regular meeting with sports officials of Venezuela.
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Kayte Lauren Christensen
Date of Birth
November 16, 1980
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WNBA Career History
Kayte Christensen was one of the brightest professional basketball players in WNBA and she still illuminates by way of vibrant presence as either a commentator or a reporter in the arena.