On July 27, 1998, with the team holding a record of 6-13, Denise Taylor was dismissed from her duties as head coach of the team. Utah made their first move of the season on the eve of Draft Day 2002 as they traded Korie Hlede to New York in exchange for the 14th pick in the draft. The reins of the franchise were turned over to then assistant coach Candi Harvey. 2001 season In the fourth round the Starzz selected point guard Dalma Ivanyi. The Starzz logo is on the shorts. The next day, Apr. Margo Dydek was the tallest player in Utah Starzz history. The improvement of the Starzz on the court continued into the 2000 season. Marie Ferdinand and Adrienne Goodson were both selected to represent the Starzz at the leagueï¿½s annual all-star game held this year in Washington D.C. On July 22 the Starzz made their final roster change for the season, acquiring Semeka Randall from the Seattle Storm in exchange for Kate Starbird. center Margo Dydek, who easily became the tallest player in WNBA history. May of 1997 brought the addition of two key staff members, Leanne Stockton as team trainer, and Greg Williams as assistant coach, along with the selection of Deborah Carter and Megan Compain as final roster allocations. Natalie Williams finished the campaign fifth in the league in rebounds (8.2 rpg) while scoring 11.3 points per game. She also recorded the 400th block of her career on August 13 versus Los Angeles. The 2002 season saw the Starzz organization reach new heights and stamp themselves as one of the top teams in the league. The 1999 WNBA draft proved to be a success for the Starzz franchise. Jennifer Azzi paced the league in three point field goal percentage shooting 51.4% from behind the three point arc. 24, 2000, one day prior to the WNBA Draft, the Starzz traded the No. Her 10 blocked shots also broke her own WNBA and career record of nine that was set on Aug. 6, 1998. The Starzz relocated, in 2003, to San Antonio where the team became the San Antonio Silver Stars. 19, 1997 as she was named the first head coach of the team. 2000 season July would prove to be a tough month for the fledgling franchise as the Starzz lost 10 of the 13 games played during that stretch. 1999 season The opening night starting lineup included Wendy Palmer, Deborah Carter, Karen Booker, Lady Hardmon and Tammi Reiss. On December 5, 2002, the Utah Starzz was bought by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, and it was announced that the Starzz would move immediately to San Antonio and change their nickname to the Silver Stars. Basketball Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. The Starzz were the sister team to the NBA's Utah Jazz. Utah would struggle throughout most of June and the early part of July, as they won only 5 of their first 13 games. We are looking for coachable Girls with a good attitude and love of the game. Utah would close out the season with a thrilling 80-78 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Sparks, who had previously won 16 straight games. With their selection, they picked 7 ft. 2 in. The Starzz opened their second season at home, suffering an 83-89 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Sparks. The injury would sideline the Starzz floor general for the first 17 games of the season. Utah Jazz ownership was not interested in keeping the Starzz.  The Starzz were the sister team to the NBA's Utah Jazz.. In their first move of the season, the Starzz traded Elena Baranova to the Miami Sol in exchange for Kate Starbird. In her first game with the team, Coach Harvey guided the team to a 73-69 victory over the Eastern Division leading Cleveland Rockers. We will be playing games twice a week and practicing one day a week for the Spring Practices are held in the Davis/Weber area. The Starzz began the season with a successful draft, as they selected in the first round exciting, Louisiana State guard Marie Ferdinand. The 2001 season was a memorable one for the Starzz organization. The victory propelled Utah to a regular season record 19 wins and only 13 losses. In the midst of this losing streak, however, Margo Dydek made WNBA history when she recorded a league record nine blocked shots against the Cleveland Rockers on Aug. 6, 1998. On December 5, 2002, the Utah Starzz was bought by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, and it was announced that the Starzz would move immediately to San Antonio, Texas and change their nickname to the Silver Stars. On July 29, the Starzz engineered, at that time, the largest trade in the WNBA as they sent Wendy Palmer and Olympia Scott-Richardson to the Detroit Shock in exchange for Korie Hlede and Cindy Brown. Geschichte Beginn in Utah (1997 bis 2002) Hauptartikel: Utah Starzz Bis zum Jahre 2002 hatte das Team sein zu Hause in Salt Lake City, Utah unter dem Namen Utah Starzz, die wie alle anderen Teams in der Liga im Besitz der NBA waren. Jennifer Azzi finished the 2000 season first in the league in minutes played (37.3 mpg) and first in the league in free throw percentage, shooting an impressive 93.0% (40-43) from the line. She also finished second in the league in minutes played (37.3 mpg), third in the league in free throw percentage (91.7%) and fourth in the league in assists (5.3 apg). Tammi Reiss scored 14 points in the inaugural contest to lead the Starzz, but it wasn't enough as the Monarchs handed the Starzz a 70-60 loss. The Starzz finished the inaugural 1997 season with a record of 7-21, last in the league. 25, the Starzz selected Naomi Mulitauaopele, Stacy Frese and Kristen Rasmussen with their three picks in the 2000 WNBA draft. The Comets escaped with the victory to even the series at one game apiece. In addition she also led the team in scoring averaging 18.7 point per game (4th in the league) and was named to the All-WNBA First Team. The Starzz logo is on the shorts. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Unfortunately, the pickup of Dydek did little to help their cause and they again finished near the bottom of the league in the 1998 & 1999 seasons. Utah Starzz. Black, a 1988 graduate of St. Joseph's, was a seasoned veteran known for her hustle. July was a month of change for the Starzz organization. Utah Starzz is looking for players to add to its 5th and 8th grade Girls team for the Spring We are a semi-competitive basketball team that typically plays in the d2-D1 . In addition, Williams was selected to represent the Starzz in the first ever WNBA All-Star game. They began play in the 1997 WNBA season as one of the league’s eight original teams. Crockrom, Caufield, and Gardner would each make the Starzz final roster. Following the 2000 season, Natalie Williams traveled to Sydney, Australia and won a gold medal as a member of the United States Women's Basketball Team. The series came down to one game, Game 3, played on August 20, 2002 at the Compaq Center. Margo Dydek had one of her best seasons leading the league in blocked shots for the 5th consecutive season (3.57 bpg) and averaging 13.1 points and 8.7 rebounds (3rd in the league) per game. Perfekte Utah Starzz Basketball Team Stock-Fotos und -Bilder sowie aktuelle Editorial-Aufnahmen von Getty Images. The Starzz opened the Western Conference Finals series two days later at the Delta Center against the Los Angeles Sparks. In the third round of the draft, the Starzz selected veteran forward/guard Adrienne Goodson. Established 1997. Margo Dydek again led the league in blocks averaging 3.0 blocks per game. During this time, Natalie Williams was named Player of the Week for the week ending July 28, 2001. Natalie Williams led the Starzz in scoring, averaging 18.0 ppg (4th in the league), as well as rebounding averaging 9.2 rpg (2nd in the league). Jennifer Azzi finished the season ranked second in 3-pt field goal percentage (41-92; .446), fifth in minutes played (36.0 mpg) and sixth in assists (4.9 apg). 12 pick in the Draft. In 2002, the Starzz made it to the playoffs again, and this time beat the Houston Comets in the Western Conference Semifinals 2 games to 1. They began play in the 1997 WNBA season as one of the league's eight original teams. In 2001, the Utah Starzz made it to the playoffs for the first time, but they were quickly swept in the first round by the Sacramento Monarchs. The Utah Starzz were a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah Jazz ownership was not interested in keeping the Starzz, and without new owners the team would have folded. The Starzz finished the 1998 season with an 8-22 record, which tied them with Sacramento for last place in the Western Conference. In addition to the draft, the Starzz were busy making other changes to their roster. For away games, blue with purple on the sides and white Starzz logo text on the chest. With their second pick in the draft, the Starzz acquired tenacious point guard Debbie Black. 1997–2002: For home games, white with blue on the sides and shoulders and white Starzz logo text on the chest. After the 2002 WNBA season, the NBA sold off all of the WNBA franchises to the operators of the teams. The Starzz finally posted a winning record in 2000, but did not make the playoffs. Natalie Williams was selected for the third consecutive year to represent the Starzz at the WNBA All-Star game, but was unable to play due to injury. The Starzz were the sister team to the NBA’s Utah Jazz. Utah Starzz basketball made its debut on the court on June 21, 1997 as they hosted the Sacramento Monarchs at the Delta Center. The Starzz took care of their home court, defeating Houston 66-59 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. For the first month of the 2000 season the Starzz played .500 basketball, winning 8 of their first 16 games. Korie Hlede finished the season at the top of the league in three-point field goal percentage as she shot 43.1% (25-58) from long range. In addition, Natalie Williams was again selected to represent the Starzz at the WNBA All-Star game. Draft Day 2002 on April 19 saw the Starzz select Danielle Crockrom, LaNeishea Caufield, Andrea Gardner, Edmarie Lumbsley and Jacklyn Winfield. Many of the Starzz players finished the season with stellar statistical performances. Wählen Sie aus erstklassigen Inhalten zum Thema Utah Starzz Basketballmannschaft in höchster Qualität. Utah would win their next two contests against Washington and New York before hitting a six game dry spell. https://basketball.fandom.com/wiki/Utah_Starzz?oldid=32724. Opening night saw the Starzz play a thriller in Minnesota, as they defeated the Lynx in overtime at the Target Center, 79-75. The Starzz suffered a blow early on during the 2000 training camp, as Jennifer Azzi suffered a fracture in the third metacarpal in her right hand on May 14 in a preseason game against the Portland Fire. Williams, a 6-2 power forward, had spent the previous three seasons playing for the Portland Power of the ABL, where she was named the MVP in 1998. Adrienne Goodson paced the Starzz in scoring for the 2002 season averaging 15.7 points per game, good for 10th in the league. Margo Dydek once again led the WNBA in blocked shots per game averaging 2.41 bpg. The Starzz started out July strong, winning three consecutive games including a thrilling double overtime victory (104-94) over the Detroit Shock on July 6. The setting would be the backdrop for one of the most thrilling games in WNBA history as the Comets and Starzz battled into double overtime, the first ever double overtime playoff game in the leagueï¿½s history. Utah would be the only team that would keep all four of its draft selections on its 2001 roster. This article is about the now defunct Utah basketball team. The Starzz were also able to select forward Michaela Pavlickova, guard Shea Ralph, and guard Cara Consuegra. Natalie Williams led the league in rebounding, averaging 11.6 rebounds per game. Beginning on July 24 with a victory over the Houston Comets, the Starzz embarked on an eight-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history.