Takia Starks

Takia Starks

Player Profile

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Houston, Texas

High School:
Westfield HS

Height:
5-8

Position:
G

Birthdate:
01/16/1986

Experience:
3L

National Player of the Year & All-American Candidate Page

"There are not too many shooting guards in the country who can do what T-Kay can. She creates her own shot and creates shots for her teammates with her penetration. She is a shooter who never worries about her last miss, but thinks about her next make. That's what separates her from everyone else - she is not afraid to take the shot at the end of the game. She wants the ball in her hands. She wants that decision and, to me, that is what separates the Kobe Bryant's and the Diana Taurasi's of the world. When T-Kay gets on fire, nobody can stop her. This is an important year for her, not just for individual awards, but to cement herself as a top WNBA draft choice. She is definitely a next level player." - Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair

HONORS AND AWARDS
• 2009 Preseason First Team All-America by The Sporting News
• 2009 Wade Trophy Award Candidate
• 2008 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention
• 2008 State Farm/WBCA All-America Finalist
• 2008 NCAA Oklahoma City Regional All-Tournament Team
• 2008 John R. Wooden Award Candidate
• 2008 Naismith Trophy Award Candidate
• 2008 Big 12 Most Outstanding Player
• 2008 Big 12 All-Tournament Team
• 2008 All-Big 12 First Team by the league's coaches
• 2008 All-Big 12 First Team by The Dallas Morning News
• 2008 All-Big 12 Second Team by the Waco Tribune-Herald
• 2007 Paradise Jam St. John Division All-Tournament Team
• The 19th all-time player to reach 1,000 career points at A&M
• Ranks fifth all-time in career scoring (1,423)
• Ranks fourth all-time in career field goals made (572)
• Ranks third all-time in career field goals attempted (1,392)
• Ranks fourth all-time in career three-pointers made (143)
• Ranks fourth all-time in career three-pointers attempted (398)
• 2007 All-Big 12 First Team by the league's coaches
• 2007 All-Big 12 First Team by The Dallas Morning News
• 2007 All-Big 12 First Team by the Waco Tribune-Herald
• Big 12 Player of the Week (1/15/07)
• 2006 National All-Freshman Team by Women's Basketball News Service
• 2006 Big 12 All-Rookie Team by the league's coaches
• 2006 Big 12 All-Freshman Team by Kansas City Star
• 2006 Big 12 All-Freshman Team by Waco Tribune-Herald
• 2005 Duel in the Desert Classic All-Tournament Team
• Big 12 Rookie of the Week (12/19/05)
• Big 12 Rookie of the Week (12/5/05)

JUNIOR (2007-08)
2008 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention selection and State Farm/WBCA All-America Finalist...Averaged a team-leading and career-best 16.3 points per game which ranked sixth-best among Big 12 scoring leaders...Selected to the All-Big 12 First Team for the second-straight year...Registered double figures in 34-of-36 games of the season including a career-and season-high 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting (.632) from the floor and 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range versus Texas Tech...Honored on the All-Big 12 First Team by The Dallas Morning News and All-Big 12 Second Team by the Waco Tribune-Herald...Selected to the five-member Preseason All-Big 12 Conference Team by the league's head coaches...Featured in the December issue of SLAM Magazine...Named to the 2007 Paradise Jam St. John Division All-Tournament Team...Recorded seven 20-point games during the season including a career-tying three-game consecutive stretch against Michigan (23), TCU (24) and Florida State (28)...Scored 17 of her game-high 28 points versus the Seminoles in the first seven and a half minutes of play...Brought down a career-high tying two blocked shots versus No. 14 Auburn...Became the 19th women's basketball player in school history to reach 1,000 career points as she recorded her career milestone with a three-pointer at the 14:44 minute mark of the first half versus the Tigers...Turned in her third career double-double with 23 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds against North Carolina A&T...Did not suit up for the ballgame against Stephen F. Austin due to stomach viral symptoms after previously playing in 77 consecutive games and starting in 69 consecutive contests since the start of her freshmen campaign in 2005-06...Returned to the lineup against Kansas State in the Big 12 opener and scored a team-high 17 points coupled with six rebounds and three steals (Jan. 9)...Was named Big 12 Most Outstanding Player as she averaged a team-leading 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds over the course of three tournament games en route to A&M's first postseason Big 12 Championship title...Scored 15 points against Duke in the NCAA Sweet 16 and 12 points versus Tennessee in the NCAA Elite Eight to garner 2008 Oklahoma City Regional All-Tournament Team honors...Tabbed Division I Women's Basketball College Player of the Year by the TABC.

SOPHOMORE (2006-07)
Named an All-Big 12 First Team selection...Played and started in all 32 games of the season...One of only two Aggies to do so...Averaged a team-leading 14.2 points per game which ranked eighth-best in the Big 12 Conference...Has made 32 career starts in league play...Recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds versus Pepperdine in the team's season opener...Turned in her second-straight double-digit game versus Mercer...Scored 11 of her game-high 19 points in the first half alone against the Bears...Shot 72.7 percent (8-11) from the floor and 75.0 percent (3-4) from beyond the three-point arc...Had 18 points in the championship game of the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic and 20 points versus Arizona...Scored in double figures in all but six games of the season including 17 at Washington and 20 against North Texas...Made five free throws and recorded her 500th career point versus the Mean Green...Turned in a career-high 28 points with a season-high 10 field goals made against Sam Houston State...Also went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe versus the Bearkats...Registered her second career double-double with 12 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds versus ninth-ranked Baylor...Named Big 12 Player of the Week on Jan. 15...Turned in 11 points with three crucial three-pointers in a 54-52 upset of sixth-ranked Oklahoma...Scored eight points with two key three-pointers against Oklahoma State...Had a 21-point outburst at Missouri...Went a season-high 3-of-6 from three-point range...Saw all 40 minutes of action and poured in 25 points versus OU...Scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the first half at Iowa State...Drained a career-high five three-pointers versus the Cyclones...Notched all 14 of her points at 14th-ranked Baylor in the second half of play...Registered 18 points against Texas...Reached double figures 26 times of the season including 16 against Colorado in the Big 12 Quarterfinals and 15 versus Iowa State in the Big 12 Semifinals...Played a career-high 40 minutes eight times during the season...Scored a team-high 16 points against George Washington in the NCAA Second Round...Ranked seventh in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage (39.6), 12th in three-pointers made (47) and seventh in minutes played (33.2)...Was selected to participate in the 2007 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials.

FRESHMAN (2005-06)
Selected to the National All-Freshman Team by Women's Basketball News Service...Named to the Big 12 Conference All-Rookie Team by the league's head coaches...Honored on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team by the Waco Tribune-Herald and the Kansas City Star...Holds the freshman single-season record in points (382) at A&M...Third most points by a freshman in the Big 12 last season...Started in 27 of 32 games played including the last 24 straight contests...Ranked third among Big 12 freshmen in scoring averaging 11.9 points per game...League's top freshman scorer at guard...Finished ranked second among Big 12 freshmen in field goals made (163)...Led the Aggies in field goals made...Scored a career-high 25 points in her first career start as point guard against Washington...Scored in double-digits in 22 of 32 games of the season...Had three 20+ scoring games...Dished out a season-best seven assists against Texas Tech...Team's top free throw shooter with a 76 percent accuracy...Also averaged 2.4 assists per game...Recorded 18 points versus TCU in the NCAA First Round which marked the third most points scored by an Aggie in an NCAA Tournament game in school history.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
A McDonald's All-American Finalist out of Westfield High School in Houston, Texas...Selected as the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year...WBCA Honorable Mention All-American...Street & Smith's 6th Team All-American...A two-time all-state selection...Named all-state as a senior by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and Texas Basketball Magazine...Selected to the TGCA and TABC All-Star teams...A Texas-Oklahoma All-Star...Named to the Orlando Sentinel All-South Team during AAU competition...TABCA First Team All-Region...Honored as a first team all-district and All-Greater Houston selection...Named the school's Female Athlete of the Year...Became the third player in school history to score over 1,500 points in a career...Holds the school record for points in a season...Rated as the top prospect in the state of Texas according to Gordon Louck's All-Star Scouting Report and No. 8 by the Dallas Morning News...Rated No. 36 nationally by the Blue Star Report and No. 67 by the All-Star Girls Basketball Report...Preseason Street & Smith's All-American...The only player from the state of Texas selected by the publication...Member of the state 5A championship team as a junior...An all-state second team selection as a junior by the TABC...First Team All-Greater Houston pick as a junior...Also named to the TABC 5A All-Region First Team...Tabbed as district defensive most valuable player...Averaged 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists per game during her junior campaign...Earned Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American honors as a freshman...Coached at Westfield by Susan Smith...Played summer AAU ball for DFW Elite.

PERSONAL
Takia Nicole Starks...Goes by T-Kay...Born January 16, 1986 in Houston, Texas...Daughter of Vernon and Debra Starks...Has two brothers, Danté (24) and Monté (20)...Leadership major at Texas A&M with future aspirations of playing professional basketball...Cousin is former NBA star John Starks who played for the New York Knicks...Began playing basketball at the age of five at the YMCA with boys...Chose A&M over Auburn and Louisiana Tech...Enjoys listening to music and writing music and poems.

CAREER HIGHS
Points: 29 vs. Texas Tech (2/17/08)
Field Goals Made: 12 vs. Texas Tech (2/17/08), vs. Florida State (12/6/07)
Field Goals Attempted: 22 vs. Missouri (1/29/08), at Colorado (1/16/08)
3-Point Field Goals Made: 5 at Iowa State (2/14/07)
3-Point Field Goals Attempted: 10 vs. TCU (3/19/06)
Free Throws Made: 8 vs. Oklahoma (3/6/08)
Free Throws Attempted: 11 vs. Oklahoma (3/6/08)
Rebounds: 11, three times
Assists: 7 vs. Western Illinois (1/2/07), vs. Texas Tech (2/05/06)
Blocks: 2, four times
Steals: 4 vs. Duke (3/30/08), vs. Western Illinois (1/2/07)
Minutes: 40, 12 times