Katelynn Threats has only been playing for the Lady Rams since November, but she’s
already making her presence felt in the lineup.
Threats, a 21-year old sophomore forward from Fort Worth, currently averages 15.2
points per game, good for fourth in the Sooner Athletic Conference, and 40th among the National
Association of Collegiate Athletics Division I women’s players.
Her 55 percent shooting percentage ranks sixth among the NAIA Division I women’s
players, and first in the conference.
She also ranks 13th in the NAIA and fifth in the conference with 9.5 rebounds per game.
And yet she doesn’t really have a reason for being so successful.
“Honestly I just have a lot of confidence in my shot, and I have a really good coach,” she
The coach she’s talking about, Bill Franey, calls Threats “electrifying.”
“Having someone that can consistently score, rebound, and defend is a luxury most
coaches don’t have,” Franey said.
Threats played her junior year at Everman High School where, she said, she broke the
single season scoring record. She attended Dunbar High School in Fort Worth her senior year,
but did not play because she was denied eligibility, said head girls basketball coach Nishia
“If she could have played in games, she would have been on a state team,” Walker said.
“I believe she was the missing piece that we needed. She has always been a good shooter. I can
remember watching her in practices and thinking, ‘Man, she needs to be playing.’ Just her
attitude, and her IQ of the game, of when to take good shots was great.”
Walker said that, even though Threats did not play, she was the team leader.
“I believe it could have been better and made an impact if she was on the court,” Walker
said. “But she led by example and was very vocal. She had to be vocal because she wasn’t
playing in the games.”
Threats wasn’t recruited out of high school, but a phone call from her Amateur Athletic
Union coach Larry Holmes convinced her to try out.
That’s where Franey discovered her, and offered her a spot on the team.
Threats said she doesn’t really model her game after any one player; she just really likes
to play basketball. She also is not looking to go pro after graduation.
“I really just want to get my degree.” Threats said. “I have a two-year- old son and I want
to make sure he is taken care of.”
Threats is a criminal justice major, and while she isn’t sure what she is going to do with
her degree, she said she “loves being in control and telling people what to do.”