|Hometown:||San Luis Obispo, Calif.|
|High School:||Mission Prep HS|
A First-Team All-Big West selection last season, Suderman averaged career-highs in points, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, blocked shots and minutes per game...Set single-game bests in points, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made, steals, blocks and minutes played...Reached double digits 13 times in a 15-game stretch, leading the Gauchos to a 12-3 record in that span...Recorded her first - and only - double-double in 2/7 victory over Cal State Fullerton with 15 points and 11 rebounds...Scored in double figures in 17 of her 28 games last season...Started all but five of her 28 games played.
Not You Too, Kat
When it comes to injuries, no one is safe and junior forward Kat Suderman is a prime example of that fact. After appearing in 26 games as a freshman in 2004-05 -- the second most among first year players -- and then finishing the 2005-06 season as one of just two players to play in all 30 games, UCSB's "Ironwoman" was forced to redshirt last season as she continued to recover from knee surgery she had in the spring of 2006. Prior to her redshirt year, the San Luis Obispo, Calif. native had been the least affected by the dreaded injury bug, appearing in a combined 56 games spanning her freshman and sophomore seasons, which was more than any other Gaucho over that span. Without the services of the 6-foot-4 forward in 2006-07, UCSB was very thin in the frontcourt beyond All-Big West First Team selection Jenna Green and often struggled without Green on the floor. That was then, this is now. Suderman enters the upcoming season healthy and all signs point to her having an excellent year in 2007-08. All Over The Anteaters
Two of the best performances of Suderman's career came in Santa Barbara's Big West match ups with UC Irvine during her sophomore season in 2005-06. In the first meeting of the year January 9, Suderman posted career-highs in both points and rebounds with 17 and 13, respectively, while making eight of 10 shots. She led the team in all three categories and helped the Gauchos to a 71-60 road win. Suderman was in the starting lineup in the second match up between the two schools, part of her string of seven consecutive starts two years ago, and finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. In addition to recording the high rebounding mark, she led the team with two blocked shots in the 82-69 home loss February 16. While she posted averages of 6.2 points and 6.1 rebounds on the year, she averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds in the two games against the Anteaters. A Key To Success
You don't have to look very hard to see how important Suderman's production off the bench was to UCSB's success when she was on the active roster in 2005-06. She scored in double figures a total of seven times that year and the Gauchos won five of those games. In fact, Santa Barbara was victorious in the first five contests Suderman scored 10 or more points, defeating Arizona, Pepperdine, and UC Riverside in the Thunderdome, while posting road wins over UC Irvine and Pacific. The only games in which she hit the 10-point plateau and UCSB did not come out on top were when she recorded 15 points in a losing effort at Stanford February 9 before tallying 13 in the home loss to the Anteaters a week later. In 2004-05, the Gauchos defeated Irvine after Suderman chipped in with 10 points for the first and only time as a freshman. For Suderman's two-year career, UCSB has a .750 winning percentage when her point total reaches double-digits. 2006-07
Redshirted the year to recover from offseason knee surgery she had in the spring of 2006. 2005-06
UCSB's only frontcourt player to participate in every game, Suderman more than doubled her points and minutes played from 2004-05, and nearly tripled her freshman season rebounding total...Her average of 6.1 rebounds per game tied for 11th in the Big West Conference...Reached the 10-point plateau on seven occasions, including a pair of double-doubles...After scoring in double-figures just once through her first 34 games as a Gaucho, did so for three straight contests, averaging 11.7 points during consecutive home wins over Arizona, Pepperdine, and UC Riverside...That was part of a seven-game span in which she made 35-of-61 shots (57.4%) capped by a career-high 17-point and 13-rebound performance at UC Irvine January 9...That equaled the most boards by a Gaucho in a single game on the season...Averaged 30.6 minutes over a string of seven consecutive starts, during which she was often the only healthy UCSB post player available...Perhaps feeling the effects of that busy stretch, posted just 3.6 points and shot 27.2% over the final seven contests...Recognized for her diligence in the classroom with Big West All-Academic honors. 2004-05
Displayed tremendous shooting range and poise in the paint for a freshman post player...64 rebounds and 80 field goal attempts were highest totals among Gaucho rookies...All of her season-best 10 points at UC Irvine December 30 came during the second half to break open a tight game at intermission...Her seven boards in the February 19 win over Cal State Northridge equaled the most by any player that evening...Earned surprise start -- the first of her career -- at UC Riverside in place of Kristen Mann, who was battling the stomach flu...Averaged 14.1 minutes, 4.6 points, and 3.8 rebounds per game during UCSB's 10-game winning streak near the end of the season...Posted 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in a pair of victories over her hometown school, Cal Poly...Also had success vs. Cal State Fullerton with averages of 6.0 points and 4.5 boards. High School
Earned a multitude of awards while playing four years of varsity basketball at Mission College Preparatory High School...The only player in history - male or female - to be named San Luis Obispo County Player of the Year three times...Was also a three-time All-American by both Street and Smith's and adidas...Ranked as the 54th-best high school senior in the country in 2004 by All-Star Girl's Report and No. 60 by Blue Star Index...A Third Team All-State honoree in 2003-04 by Cal-Hi Sports after leading the Lions to the CIF Division V State title game...Earned Cal-Hi's Division V Player of the Year award for a second straight year, and was also named to the McDonald's All-American Dream Team 100...Holds Mission Prep's school records for career points (1,673), rebounds (1356), and blocked shots (343)...Averaged a double-double all four seasons, culminating with averages of 18 points and 13 boards as a senior...Coached by Mike Fissori and the late Jay Cowitz while at Mission Prep, which at one point won 12 straight sectional titles, a state record...In the summer of 2003, Suderman was one of 48 prepsters from across the nation selected to compete in the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs...Also a standout in the classroom, Suderman is a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation...Scholastic All-CIF all four years and winner of the Shakespeare Award for excellence in English literature as a senior. Personal
Katherine Dean Action Ruth Shevokas Suderman has by far the longest full name of any player on the Gaucho roster...Born March 27, 1986 in Seattle, Wash. to Robert and Diane Suderman...Pandora and Sarah are her older sisters...Enrolled in UCSB's College of Creative Studies with an emphasis in literature...Would like to pursue a career that combines her interests in sports and literature, such as a sports journalist...Affectionately nicknamed "Sport"...An avid reader who lists Herman Hesse and Hunter S. Thompson among her favorite authors....A Los Angeles Lakers fan who also cheers for the Miami Heat and their center, Shaquille O'Neal...Can often be found watching "Kids in the Hall" and "Seinfeld"...Enjoys surfing, hanging out with friends, and watching movies, particularly "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "The Big Lebowski"...Among the 150-plus schools recruiting her were Duke, Penn State, and UCLA.