Get To Know The Beavs: Kate Lanz

Oct. 16, 2009

Kate Lanz comes to Oregon State with impressive credentials after spending four seasons at Central Catholic High School in Portland, where she not only excelled individually, but saw great success on a team level. Lanz will be a freshman for the Beavers this season, and will be seen on the court wearing No. 15.

Take a look and learn more about one of the Beavers' newest players.

WHO: Kate Lanz is a 5-foot-10 guard who excelled for the past four years at Central Catholic in Portland. She plays primarily the point and is an excellent passer who possesses great vision on the floor. She's also energetic. Lanz will be a strong and physical player for the Beavers in 2009-10, and is expected to lend a great deal to the team's offense and defense in her first season.

WHERE SHE COMES FROM: Kate Lanz comes to OSU from Central Catholic, where she helped lead the team to two straight third-place finishes at the 6A State Championship. In 2009, she was named The Oregonian's 6A Player of the Year, as selected by the state's high school coaches. Lanz averaged 15.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 4.1 steals per game. During her senior season, she became Central Catholic's all-time leader in points (1,542), rebounds (619), assists (405) and steals (303).

Entering her senior year, Lanz was named the nation's No. 32 point guard by HoopGurlz.com. That came a season after she guided Central Catholic to a 23-3 record and first of two consecutive third-place finishes. After her junior year, she was named the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year in Oregon and was honored as the Mt. Hood Conference's Player of the Year in addition to all-league honors. All of that was after a season in which she averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Lanz also lettered her first two seasons in high school, starting off what would be an impressive career. Her freshman year, she averaged 11.0 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. That was followed by a sophomore season that consisted of 15.0 points, 5.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game. That's not a bad way to start your high school career.

WHO SHE IS: Lanz was born in Portland but considers Vancouver, Wash., her hometown. She has a sister, Jaclyn, and is the daughter of Sandi and Blaine. She is majoring in business and when she isn't playing basketball, Kate enjoys reading and listening to music. She will face many former teammates in the Pac-10 this season; she played with Alex Earl from Arizona State and Ashley Coral and Michelle Jenkins from USC. In all, she has seven former prep teammates play Division I basketball this season. What's something that people don't know about her? Well, in a preseason questionnaire, she listed that she used to do ballet. Of all the cities she could visit, she would visit St. Louis, Mo. Apparently, that's because her favorite cities are any of those that are located in the Midwest (she didn't list any specific ones, so it is the geographic region). In 10 years, Kate doesn't know exactly what she would like to be doing, but wants to be successful in any endeavor she decides to take. Kate spent this past summer hanging out with friends, training for the upcoming season and traveling. Lastly, she chose Oregon State because 'it's a great school with a family/community feel and has a great team and staff.'

Lanz and the Beavers open up preparations for the 2009-10 season tonight when the team is allowed its first practice by the NCAA. Stay tuned to osubeavers.com to learn more about members of the 2009-10 and to read more about the upcoming season. OSU opens its exhibition season Nov. 2 at legendary Gill Coliseum.

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