20 - Kayte Christensen
Kayte Christensen
Birth Date: 11/16/1980
Height: 6-3
Year: Senior
Hometown: Alturas, Calif.
High School: Modoc HS
Position: Forward
UCSB
2000-01: Christensen enjoyed her finest season as a Gaucho, earning All-Big West First Team honors?Her 13.7 points per game and .549 field goal percentage led all Gauchos, and ranked third in the conference?Turned her play up a notch in league games, averaging 15.6 points?Also tops on the team in rebounds at 7.6 per game, fourth best in the BWC?Tied for the Big West lead with nine double-doubles?Twice named conference Player of the Week, on Feb. 5 and Mar. 5 to close out the regular season?Eclipsed her previous career high with 22 points at Nebraska on Nov. 19, and surpassed that total with a 23-point effort at Idaho on Feb. 25?Also established new career high rebound total of 16 in a win over Kent State?Some of Christensen?s top performances came against Big West rival Long Beach State?Enjoyed 21 point, 13 rebound performance in the Pyramid (Feb. 4), and helped UCSB notch its fifth straight league title with 19 points and 10 boards against the 49ers in the Big West Tournament Championship game (Mar. 10)?Poured in 20 points in the Thunderdome on March 3 in another victory over the Beach, shooting at a .889 clip (8-of-9)?Had 24 double-digit scoring performances, including 13 in the season?s final 15 games?Defensively, she ranked third in the BWC in blocks (1.06 per game) and 10th in the conference with 1.45 steals per contest...1999-2000: Kayte Christensen played in 18 games, starting 17 of them before breaking her wrist on January 25 against Vanderbilt forcing her to miss the remainder of the season...Was averaging 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game before the injury...She scored in double-figures eight times including a career-high 21 points against BYU in Lawrence, Kansas...Made 10-of-17 shots from the against the Cougars...Shot a team-best 56.5% from the field...Was second on the team in blocked shots with 27, despite playing only 18 games...Averaged 1.5 blocks per game, tops among Gauchos...Also had 25 steals or 1.4 per game...Fouled out three times on the season...1998-99: Christensen finished her first season at UCSB averaging 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 16.9 minutes of play...Named to the Big West?s All-Freshman team...Christensen scored in double figures nine times during the season, including a career-high 18 points twice, both against Fullerton...She collected three double-doubles in her inaugural campaign, including the semifinal game at the Big West Tournament when she went for 13 points and 11 rebounds against Idaho (she also had 18 and 11 at Fullerton and 14 and 10 at Nevada)...She hit her lone three-point attempt of the season...Finished 12th in the Big West with 0.6 blocks per game (15 total)...Led UCSB in field goal percentage, shooting 55.1% (87-of-158) from the floor on the season...Shot 63.8% (51-of-80) from the floor in conference games...Was third on the Gauchos in rebounding...Played 20 minutes or more in five of UCSB?s last ten games...Led UCSB in rebounding four times during the season...Fouled out three times on the year, including once in 13 minutes at the Big West Tournament.

High School
Played for Mike Martin at Modoc High School in Alturas, CA...Averaged 17.4 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game as a senior...Was named the California Division V Player of the Year in 1998...Also named the Shasta Cascade League MVP her sophomore, junior and senior seasons...Scored 17.4 points per game and grabbed 11.1 rebounds per game as a junior...Her 470 points scored as a junior and 1,557 points in her career are both school records...Blocked 80 shots as a junior and 59 as a senior...Led Modoc High to three consecutive Shasta Cascade League Championships...Won the Division V State Championship her senior year...Was named the Double Pump Classic (California All-Star Game) MVP in 1998...Also competed in Volleyball and Track as a prepster.

Personal
Kayte Lauren Christensen was born November 16, 1980 in Lakeview, Oregon...A double major in classics and civilization...Would like to one day be a college classics professor...Favorite athletes are Eric Fonoimoana and Lee Legrand...Favorite movies include The Patriot and Ever After...Favorite novel is The Wedding by Nora Roberts...Enjoys playing beach volleyball, hiking and camping...Favorite TV shows and Golden Girls and Friends...Daughter of Randy and Cathy Christensen.