Katharen Ruth Mattera
(born November 17, 1982 in Grand Rapids
, United States
as Katharen Ruth Feenstra) is a female professional basketball
player for the WNBA
Mattera is one of the tallest players in WNBA history. At 6 feet 8 inches (2.03m) tall, she is tied with Lindsay Taylor
and Maria Stepanova
as the fourth tallest player in the WNBA. Only Margo Dydek
, at 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m), Heidi Gillingham at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), Allyssa DeHaan
at 6 ft 9 inches (2.06m), and Zheng Haixia
(2.04m), are taller.
Mattera went on to star on the women's basketball team while attending Liberty University
, where she majored in physical education
. She was a three-time Big South Conference
Player of the Year, a Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden
and Naismith Award
nominee. She also became the Big South Conference
's all-time shot blocker on February 14, 2005. Feenstra was the tallest player in Liberty University and Big South Conference history.
Mattera was originally selected by the Connecticut Sun
on April 16, 2005, during the 2005 WNBA Draft
, but was quickly traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars
in exchange for the Silver Stars' player Margo Dydek
(the tallest player in the WNBA).
On September 14, 2005 she was named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team
On February 22, 2007, she was traded to the Detroit Shock
in exchange for Ruth Riley
On February 6, 2008 she was selected in the expansion draft by the Atlanta......