Kara Lawson

Position: Guard
Height: 5'8" / 173 cms.
Weight: 160 lbs. / 73 kgs.
WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun
School: University of Tennessee ‘03
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2008 Olympic Games, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2001 World University Games.
  • Silver Medals: 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament, 2007 FIBA World League Tournament.
  • Bronze Medal: 1998 World Youth Games.
  • Named as a finalist for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team on Feb. 13, 2012.
  • Was one of 14 finalists for the 2010 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team; aided the U.S. to a 3-1 exhibition record, started one game and averaged 10.3 ppg. and 1.5 apg.
  • Participated in the USA’s April and July training camps in 2010.
  • Participated, but was unable to participate in the 2009 USA National Team’s fall training camp due to an injury (quadricep).
  • Named to the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team on Aug. 17, 2009.
  • Member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that captured the USA’s fourth consecutive gold medal with a perfect 8-0 record and qualified the U.S. for the 2010 FIBA World Championship; averaged a team-high 3.0 apg.
  • Capped the Olympics with a team-best 15 points against Australia in the gold medal game on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 from the line.
  • Aided the USA to the 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball gold medal and a 3-0 slate prior to the Olympics against Latvia and eventual Olympic bronze and silver medalists Russia and Australia, respectively.
  • Aided the USA to a 4-2 mark and the silver medal at the 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament, joined the team after her
    honeymoon and played in the USA’s final four contests.
  • A member of the USA's 2007 College Tour team that went 8-0 in a cross-country tour.
  • Aided the 2007 USA Select Team to a 3-2 record and the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
  • Member of the 2007 USA FIBA Americas Championship Team that competed in Valdivia, Chile, posted an unblemished 5-0 slate,
    captured the gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2008 Olympics.
  • Prior to the FIBA Americas Championship, aided the USA to a pair of victories against the Australia National Team.
  • Member of the 2006 USA National Team that won the Australia-hosted 2006 Opals World Challenge and finished with a 4-1 slate.
  • Member of the 2006 USA National Team for the USA's March 2-9 European Tour.
  • Member of the 2001 USA World University Games Team that captured the gold medal with a 7-1 record in Beijing, led the U.S. in assists and was the team's third leading scorer.
  • Came off the bench as a freshman at Tennessee against the 1999-00 USA Women's National Team to score 14 points, including a driving layup in the final seconds to upset the USA National Team, 65-64, on Nov. 7, 1999.
  • Member of the bronze medal winning 1998 USA Basketball Women's World Youth Games Team that compiled a 5-1 record in Moscow, Russia, finished as the team's second leading scorer and ranked first in assists and steals.

Professional Notes:

  • Drafted: No. 5 by the Detroit Shock in 2003; traded to the Sacramento Monarchs five days later; following the folding of the Monarchs, signed by the Connecticut Sun on Feb. 2, 2010.
  • WNBA title: 2005
  • WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: 2009
  • In her first season with the Sun, averaged 8.3 ppg., 2.6 rpg. and 3.5 apg. in 2010.
  • Averaged 8.8 ppg., 2.1 rpg. and 2.5 apg. through 25 games before being sidelined for the remainder of the 2009 season by right quadricep tendinitis.
  • In 2008 helped the Monarchs to an 18-15 record and the WNBA Western Conference Playoffs, averaged 12.2 ppg., 2.6 rpg. and 2.1 apg.
  • Aided the Monarchs to a 19-15 slate in 2007 and the WNBA Playoffs, averaged 11.0 ppg. and 2.0 apg.
  • Helped Sacramento in 2005 to the WNBA crown and to the 2003 and 2004 Western Conference Finals.
  • Aided the Monarchs to a 25-9 record in 2005 for a first place finish in the Western Conference and averaged 8.0 ppg. and 1.5 apg. before helping Sacramento to the WNBA championship, upping her numbers to 11.2 ppg. and 2.2 apg. in the playoffs.
  • A member of the 2003 WNBA Select Team that finished second in the FIBA World Cup, averaged 8.4 ppg. and 5.8 rpg.
  • Scored a career-high of 24 points versus Los Angeles (7/31/03), eight assists versus Minnesota (9/19/04) and 11 rebounds versus Houston (8/5/03).

Collegiate Notes:

  • In her four years (2000-03) at Tennessee, helped the Lady Vols to a 126-17 (.881) record, four Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season titles, the 2000 SEC Tournament crown, and four NCAA Tournaments where UT advanced to the 2001 Sweet Sixteen, 2002 Final Four and 2000 and 2003 championship games.
  • Recipient of the 2003 Woody Hayes National Scholar Athlete award, presented annually to six college athletes who demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics and community service.
  • Earned the 2003 Francis Pomeroy Naismith award as the top
    player under 5'8" and was a finalist for the 2003 NCAA Woman of the Year.
  • Named to the 2001 and 2003 SEC "Good Works" teams for her involvement with the local community.
  • Collected 2003 Academic All-America first team and 2001, 2002 and 2003 Academic All-SEC honors.
  • A 2003 Kodak/WBCA All-American, 2003 Associated Press (A.P.) All-America second team, 2002 A.P. All-America third team and 2001 A.P. All-America honorable mention.
  • Named 2003 NCAA All-Final Four and 2003 NCAA All-Mideast Region, four-time All-SEC, 2000 SEC All-Freshman Team and two-time (2002, 2003) SEC All-Tournament.

Personal Notes:

  • Born on Feb. 14, 1981, in Alexandria, Va.; daughter of Williams and Kathleen Lawson, has two sisters, Susan and Mary Katherine.
  • Married Damien Barling on April 12, 2008; got engaged at a Kenny Chesney concert on July 3, 2007.
  • Attended West Springfield High School (Va.), where she aided the Spartans to the 1997 and 1998 Virginia Class AAA state crowns and perfect 30-0 seasons.
  • 1999 Naismith High School Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions 1998 and 1999 Virginia Player of the Year and 1999 WBCA, USA Today and Parade Magazine All-American.
  • Was an Honorary Executive to the Special Olympics in Washington, D.C., while also tutoring a Fairfax, Va., Special Olympics basketball team.
  • Played linebacker and running back for the Fairfax County Football League, led her squad in rushing, scoring and interceptions.
  • Helped her soccer teams to four (1992-94, 1996) Virginia State Cup titles and was named by the Washington Post All-Metro honorable mention.
  • Worked as a television color analyst for Sacramento Kings games and also does commentating for ESPN.
  • Is very active in the community, including for groups such as Race for the Cure and the American Cancer Society.
USA Basketball Statistics
TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2010 WCx
4/ 1
15- 23
.652
9- 14
.643
2- 2
1.000
13/ 3.3
41/ 10.3
6
0
1
2008 OLY
8/ 0
21- 32
.656
8- 14
.571
6- 6
1.000
16/ 2.0
56/ 7.0
24
1
8
2008 OLYX
3/ 0
3- 10
.300
1- 7
.143
2- 2
1.000
4/ 1.3
9/ 3.0
4
0
5
2008 WNT
4/ 1
8- 22
.364
4- 13
.308
4- 4
1.000
18/ 4.5
24/ 6.0
16
1
3
2007 COLL
8/ 0
26- 50
.520
6- 21
.286
10- 12
.833
25/ 3.1
68/ 8.5
23
0
11
2007 FWLT
5/ 0
12- 23
.522
2- 7
.286
3- 3
1.000
5/ 1.0
29/ 5.8
2
0
4
2007 TOA
5/ 0
13- 24
.542
8- 17
.471
1- 1
1.000
15/ 3.0
35/ 7.0
11
0
7
2007 WNT
2/ 2
5- 17
.294
1- 6
.167
4- 4
1.000
13/ 6.5
15/ 7.5
6
0
3
2006 WNT
3/ 1
2- 7
.286
2- 5
.400
0- 0
.---
2/ 0.7
6/ 2.0
4
1
4
2001 WUG
8/ 8
34- 77
.442
11- 31
.355
17- 18
.944
26/ 3.3
96/ 12.0
16
0
12
2001 WUGX
3/ 3
11- 34
.324
5- 13
.385
7- 9
.778
9/3.0
34/ 11.3
9
0
1
1998 WYG
6/ 6
33- 66
.500
13- 28
.464
11- 17
.647
29/ 4.8
90/ 15.0
27
0
23
Totals
59/22
183-385
.475
70- 176
.398
67- 78
.859
175/ 3.0
503/ 8.5
148
3
82

WNBA Statistics
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2010
34/32
101- 247
.409
46- 128
.359
34- 38
.895
87/ 2.6
282/ 8.3
118
0
14
2009
25/ 5
76- 200
.380
37- 110
.336
31- 33
.939
53/ 2.1
220/ 8.8
63
1
16
2008
32/32
139- 343
.405
60- 139
.432
53- 58
.914
82/ 2.6
391/ 12.2
67
2
28
2007
34/ 0
128- 340
.376
45- 133
.338
74- 88
.841
80/ 2.4
375/ 11.0
67
8
29
2006
34/ 6
96- 242
.397
49- 123
.398
36- 39
.923
65/ 1.9
277/ 8.1
56
4
20
2005
24/ 1
65- 148
.439
36- 81
.444
26- 31
.839
33/ 1.4
192/ 8.0
37
3
13
2004
34/10
103- 245
.420
51- 134
.381
37- 44
.841
77/ 2.3
294/ 8.6
68
8
21
2003
34/ 0
89- 227
.392
54- 135
.400
31- 40
.775
107/ 3.1
263/ 7.7
56
5
15
Totals
251/86
797-1992
.400
378- 983
.385
322-371
.868
584/ 2.3
2294/ 9.1
532
31
156
 
Collegiate Statistics
YEAR
G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2003
38
186- 397
.469
77- 171
.450
99- 112
.884
185/ 4.9
548/ 14.4
151
7
43
2002
34
189- 406
.466
38- 115
.330
96- 115
.835
165/ 4.9
512/ 15.1
90
3
46
2001
34
132- 305
.433
62- 150
.413
60- 70
.857
119/ 3.5
386/ 11.4
113
3
34
2000
37
168- 367
.458
79- 181
.436
89- 109
.817
152/ 4.1
504/ 13.6
102
7
51
Totals
143
675-1475
.457
256- 617
.424
344- 406
.847
621/ 4.3
1950/ 13.6
456
20
174