Kara  Lawson

20Kara Lawson


Alexandria, Va.

High School:
West Springfield HS





Kara is at the top of her game...Has become a vocal leader...Will have triple trey help coming from rookie Shanna Zolman and sophomore Brittany Jackson...Ready to cement her name all over the Lady Vol record books... Has been tabbed as a preseason All-American selection by a number of publications...Is a candidate for the Naismith Player of the Year award along with teammate Gwen Jackson...

Career Highs
Points:30 vs. Arkansas (2-7-02)
Rebounds:13 vs. DePaul (12-19-01)
Assists:9 vs. Old Dominion (1-8-02)
Steals:5 vs. LSU (1-13-02)*
Blocks:1 vs. Notre Dame (3-17-02)*
2001-02 Season Highs
Points:30 vs. Arkansas (2-7-02)
Rebounds:13 vs. DePaul (12-19-01)
Assists:9 vs. Old Dominion (1-8-02)
Steals:5 vs. LSU (1-13-02)*
Blocks:1 vs. Notre Dame (3-17-02)*
Southeastern Conference Highs
Points:30 vs. Arkansas (2-7-02)
Rebounds:10 vs. Arkansas (1-10-00)
Assists:8 vs. Alabama (2-4-01)
Steals:5 vs. LSU (1-13-02)
Blocks:1 vs. LSU (3-2-02)*
Career NCAA Tournament Highs
Points:19 vs. Rutgers (3-31-00)
Rebounds:8 vs. Austin Peay (3-16-01)
Assists:6 vs. St. Mary's (3-18-01)*
Steals:2 vs. Connecticut (4-2-00)*
Blocks:1 vs. Notre Dame (3-17-02)*

* Indicates most recent high

Oh-Laaaw, it's K-law...Had a fantastic junior season...Was named to a number of All-America teams including the Associated Press (third team), U.S. Basketball Writer's (USBWA), Gballmag.com (second team), KODAK (District 3) All-American...Was selected to the Coaches All-SEC team, the Associated Press All-SEC team and the SEC All-Tournament team...Academically, she was given the nod for selection to the Verizon District 4 Academic All-America team and the Academic All-SEC team... In the game against DePaul on Dec. 19, 2001, Kara became the 26th member of the Lady Vol 1000 career point club... Only player to play and start all 34 games...The "iron-woman" averaged 31.7 minutes per contest...Led the team in scoring and averaged 15.1 ppg, along with 4.9 rpg and 2.65 assists per outing...Knocked in 20-points or more seven times...Led the team in free throws, knocking them in at an 84% clip...Is second in all-time free throw percentage at 83%...Kara scored in double-figures in 27 games...Also reached a career-high in rebounds with 13 versus DePaul...Recorded her first career double-double in that game... Re-set every career high as a junior...Played perhaps the best game of her career against Arkansas scoring a career high 30-points, hustling for seven rebounds and dishing out three assists in 38 minutes...Dished out nine assists against Old Dominion...Snagged five steals against LSU...Hit the winning shot against Georgia...Hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer to ice the come-from-behind win over Mississippi State in Starkville...Played all 40 minutes and scored 29 points...Second time during her career she has hit the winning shot for UT in Starkville...Almost single-handedly led UT to a win over LSU in the SEC Tourney...Scored the final 13 points for the Lady Vols in the last 2:59 of the game to finally knot the score at 80-all after overcoming a seven-point deficit...Finished with 27 points against the Lady Tigers...Selected as the SEC Player of the Week (Feb. 3-10)...Was the ESPN Nike Player of the Game against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament...Kara came off an outstanding summer of basketball...She served as the team captain of the gold medallist World University Games team in Beijing, China...Led the U.S.A. squad in assists, steals, free throws and three-pointers...

Kara picked up right where she left off as a rookie with a super sophomore campaign...Played in all 34 games and started 31... Was the team's third leading scorer averaging 11.4 ppg, while also averaging 3.5 rpg and a team-leading 3.3 apg (113 total)...Registered 22 games of extra digit scoring...After Tamika Catchings went out with her career-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear, it was Kara who led the Lady Vols in scoring over the final 17 games of the season with a 13.4 ppg average...Turned in her best all-around performance of the season against Connecticut in Knoxville...Kara registered 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists in 36 minutes in the 92-88 victory...Followed that with a strong showing at Alabama posting a career high eight assists while tossing in 17 points and snagging five boards...In the Lady Vols rout over Ole Miss, she posted 22 points after tossing in five triples - four in the first half-as Tennessee won, 119-52...In just two seasons, Kara owns practically every Lady Vol three point record...Passed Tiffany Woosley (134 from 1992-95) for UT career treys with 141...Was named honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press...The SEC coaches named her as a first team All-SEC selection... Outstanding in the classroom as well, Kara was named to the CoSIDA/Verizon District Academic All-America Team...Also was named as All-SEC Academic...For her generous contributions to the community, Kara landed a spot on the SEC "Good Works Team"...

Kara showed quickly why she was the nation's top incoming basketball talent as a rookie... Named as a Women's Basketball Journal Freshman All-American for the 2000 season...Played in 37 games and started in 34...Was the team's third leading scorer averaging 13.6 ppg, while also averaging 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.4 spg...Turned in 26 games of double-figure scoring...Tallied double-digit rebounding against Arkansas (10) for her first career double-double while registering a career high 25 points against the Lady 'Backs...From her point guard position, she logged over 28 minutes per contest... Handed out a career-high seven assists against Florida in the SEC Tourney... Finished second on the team in assists with 102...Claimed five thefts against N.C. State for her career steals mark... Kara served notice that she was a gutsy player from the get-go...Connected on a driving lay-up through the heart of the USA National Team's defense with just nine seconds to go in UT's 65-64 exhibition win... Canned a game-winning trey with just 1.6 seconds left at #22 Mississippi State to give the Lady Vols a 77-75 victory...UT's best free throw shooter connecting at a .817 clip (89-109)...In just one season, Kara obliterated UT's all-time records in the three-point categories...In just her second collegiate game, versus UT-Martin, she broke the Lady Vol rookie record for most three-pointers made in a game with five...On the year, she broke the single season record for attempts with 181, made treys with 79 and career percentage shooting at a .436 clip...Was ranked 25th in the NCAA on the trey list...With just one season behind her, she ranked seventh in triples made and eighth in attempts on the UT career three-point list ...With 2:05 to go in the first half against Vanderbilt on Feb.4, Kara broke Nikki Caldwell's record for most treys in a season in just 21 games...On the same play, she also completed a rare five-point basket after a technical foul was called on the Vandy bench and she nailed the free throws...Ranked first in the SEC in three-point field goal accuracy...Completed a superb rookie campaign named to the first team All-SEC and the All-SEC Freshman team...Earned SEC Player of the Week honors for her efforts against N.C. State and Kentucky.

Kara earned the nation's top basketball honor as a high school senior when she was selected as the 1999 Naismith High School Player of the Year...Named to the 1999 USA TODAY and Parade All-American All-America teams...Chosen as a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American and selected to play in their high school All-Star game...Kara's outstanding performance in the WBCA All-Star game earned her Most Valuable Player honors...Earned MVP honors at the Virginia All-Star game in 1999...Was named the 1998 and 1999 Gatorade Player of the Year from the state of Virginia...During her prep career, she set every West Springfield H.S. basketball record during her career...Tossed in 2,138 career points, grabbed 799 rebounds, recorded 793 career assists and 325 career steals...As a senior for the Spartans, Kara averaged 25.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and 4.4 steals per contest en route to a perfect 30-0 record...WSHS won its second group AAA state title... During her career, she turned in single-game records of 47 points and 16 rebounds...She produced additional single game records of 16 assists and 14 steals...Unanimous two-time Regional Player of the Year...Kara was named to the All-State team in 1997, 1998 and 1999...Was the three-time District MVP as well as the three-time MVP of the District Tournament...Named to the Washington Post All-Metro team in 1997, 1998 and 1999...Kara was named as the Washington Post's Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999...Was the Associated Press Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999...1998 Ms. Basketball as selected by the Roanoke Times...Her high school team went 83-2 during her three-year career, winning a total of two state titles, two regional championships and three district titles... A multi-sport standout, Kara played right wing for the 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996 Virginia State Cup Soccer Champions...In 1997, her team earned Patriot District honors as she led them in assists...She was named to the Washington Post High School soccer honorable mention list.

As the team captain, Kara led the U.S.A. to a pair of championships in the summer of 2001... In the championship game of the Dong Du Cup, she led her team in scoring with 22 points as the red, white and blue defeated China on their home hardwood, 92-89... In a rematch with China in the gold medal game, she paced her World University Games teammates to an 87-69 win over the hosts... Kara led her team in treys, free throw accuracy (17-18 for 94%), assists and steals, while tossing in 12.0 ppg... Canned 25 points in the win over Japan in the WUG...She was a member of the 1998 USA Women's World Youth Games which traveled to the Soviet Union...Helped to pace the red, white and blue to a 5-1 record and the bronze medal...Ranked second on the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game and led the team in assists (27) and steals (23)...Decorated as an AAU All-American on numerous occasions...Led her 1997 AAU team to a third-place finish in the AAU National Tournament in Shreveport, La....A year earlier, Kara helped to lead her team to an AAU National Championship runner-up spot in Nashville, Tenn. ...Her 1994 team took AAU National Championship honors in New Orleans.

Kara is enrolled in the College of Business working on a degree in Finance...Is a member of the Financial Management Association (FMA), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Investment Challenge...Is the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, a member of the UT Athletics Board and the FCA Leadership team...Very active in the Knoxville community, Kara took the summer of 2002 to mentor three area children...Has volunteered for the past two years to read weekly to the students at West Hills Elementary...Been a three-year volunteer at the Love Kitchen Homeless Shelter...Active in the Race for the Cure and various activities of the American Cancer Society in Knoxville...Also involved in community affairs at home, Kara was an Honorary Executive to the Special Olympics in Washington, D.C., and took time to tutor a Fairfax, Va., Special Olympics basketball team...A gifted student, Kara entered kindergarten reading at the fourth grade level...Turned in a score of 1,370 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)... A gifted athlete, she was a standout youth football player (running back and linebacker) for the Fairfax County Football League and led her team in rushing, scoring and interceptions...Enrolled in piano classes as a junior at UT - has become a very serious student of the piano...She is the middle of two sisters - Susan, 23, and a younger sister, Mary Catherine, 15...Kara Marie Lawson was born on Feb. 14, 1981...Her parents are William and Kathleen Lawson.


1999-00 37168 367.458 79181.436 89 109.817 152-4.1 79-0504-13.6102 50 7511036
2000-01 34132 305.433 62 150.413 60 70.857 119-3.5 53-0386-11.4113 56 334899
2001-02 34189 406.466 38 115.330 96 115.835 165-4.9 50-0512-15.190 62 3461078
Totals1054891078.454179446.401245 294.833436-4.2182-01402-13.4305168131313013


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