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The Utah Starzz were a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. They began play in the 1997 WNBA season as one of the league's eight original teams. The Starzz relocated, in 2003, to San Antonio where the team became the San Antonio Silver Stars. The Starzz were the sister team to the NBA's Utah Jazz.

Utah Starzz
Utah Starzz logo
ConferenceWestern
LeaguesWNBA
Founded1997
HistoryUtah Starzz
(1997–2002)
San Antonio Silver Stars
(2003–2013)
San Antonio Stars
(2014–2017)
Las Vegas Aces
(2018–present)
ArenaDelta Center
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
Team colorsGreen, Purple, Light Blue, Copper, Black, White
                             
General managerJay Francis
Head coachCandi Harvey
OwnershipLarry H. Miller
Uniforms

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Franchise HistoryEdit

One of the eight original WNBA teams, the Starzz, which was partially named after the old ABA team. Utah Jazz ownership was not interested in keeping the Starzz, and without new owners the team would have folded. No local ownership was found, so in 2002, the Starzz announced their intentions to move out of Salt Lake City. 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.

UniformsEdit

  • 1997–2002: For home games, white with blue on the sides and shoulders and white Starzz logo text on the chest. For away games, blue with purple on the sides and white Starzz logo text on the chest. The Starzz logo is on the shorts.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

PlayersEdit

Final rosterEdit

Utah Starzz roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G 43   Aguilar, Elisha 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 156 lb (71 kg) George Washington
G 8   Azzi, Jennifer 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 144 lb (65 kg) Stanford
G 20   Caufield, LaNeisha 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Oklahoma
F 34   Crockrom, Danielle 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 158 lb (72 kg) Baylor
C 12   Dydek, Margo 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Poland
G 3   Ferdinand, Marie 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 153 lb (69 kg) LSU
F/C 50   Gardner, Andrea 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Howard
G 15   Goodson, Adrienne 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Old Dominion
C 54   Herrig, Amy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Iowa
F 23   Johnson, LaTonya 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 149 lb (68 kg) Memphis
G 21   Randall, Semeka 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Tennessee
F 24   Williams, Natalie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) UCLA
Head coach
  •   Candi Harvey (Ouachita Baptist)
Assistant coaches
  •   Tammi Reiss (Eastern Michigan)
  •   Bobbi Morse (Virginia)




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Notable playersEdit

FIBA Hall of FameEdit

Utah Starzz Hall of Famers
Players
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
12 Margo Dydek C 1998–2002 2019

CoachesEdit

Head coachesEdit

General managersEdit

All-time notesEdit

Draft picksEdit

  • 1997 Elite Draft: Dena Head (1), Wendy Palmer (9)
  • 1997 WNBA Draft: Tammi Reiss (5), Jessie Hicks (12), Raegan Scott (21), Kim Williams (28)
  • 1998 WNBA Draft: Margo Dydek (1), Olympia Scott (11), LaTonya Johnson (21), Tricia Bader (31)
  • 1999 WNBA Draft: Natalie Williams (3), Debbie Black (15), Adrienne Goodson (27), Dalma Ivanyi (39)
  • 2000 WNBA Draft: Naomi Mulitauaopele (12), Stacy Frese (35), Kristen Rasmussen (51)
  • 2001 WNBA Draft: Marie Ferdinand (8), Michaela Pavlickova (24), Shea Ralph (40), Cara Consuegra (56)
  • 2002 WNBA Draft: Danielle Crockrom (11), Andrea Gardner (27), Edmarie Lumbsley (43), Jaclyn Winfield (59)

All-starsEdit

  • 1999: Natalie Williams
  • 2000: Natalie Williams
  • 2001: Natalie Williams
  • 2002: Marie Ferdinand, Adrienne Goodson

ReferencesEdit

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