Collier Makes Husky History In McDonald's Game
March 29, 2012
SEATTLE - Katie Collier dipped into the McDonald's All-America Game record books with five blocks, putting a cap on what has been a roller coaster of senior season for the Seattle Christian star.
Starting for the West in one of the preeminent all star events, Collier was ultimately on the losing end as her squad fell to the East, 79-78, on Wednesday night in Chicago. But the end result was insignificant when you consider all the Washington signee has had to deal with this year, most notably a publicized fight with a rare form of leukemia - acute promyelocytic leukemia. Collier is the first Washington signee to play in the McDonald's All-America Game.
Despite the disease, the 6-3 Covington, Wash., native played the majority of her senior year, fighting through fatigue and pain from chemotherapy treatments. She has become an inspirational figure for others dealing with cancer, a role she has embraced. During her stay in the Second City, Collier was part of a group that met with children from a local Ronald McDonald's House. She donates her time to a RMH in Seattle as well, where she is a regular volunteer.
Collier, the Seattle Times Player of the Year, signed a National Letter of Intent with UW on Nov. 10. The 6-3 forward is rated the No. 4 player at her position by ESPN HoopGurlz, and is one of the most decorated incoming players in Washington history. She recently became the leading scorer in Seattle Christian history.