Stephanie Watson enters her final season as a Frog looking to increase her playing time and continuing to improve her game. A feisty player who wants to win, Watson wants to be on the court all of the time. Her commitment to winning and desire to be on the court will give the team a spark when it needs one. She, as well as the other returners, will be expected to mentor her incoming teammates. Watson will move into the top 10 career lists in 2002 if she can add 35 games played, 14 assists, 16 aces, and 11 blocks to her career stats.
Watson saw action in 27 matches in 2001, starting on nine occasions. She posted a new career best with her four assists in the Frogs’ 3-2 victory against North Texas. In addition, she equalled career highs for digs (15) and aces (3) during her junior campaign. Watson led the team in digs three times (Southern Miss, East Carolina, DePaul) and in aces once (at Saint Louis). She earned four double-doubles during the season, including a 13 kill-15 dig effort against Southern Miss on Sept. 20. Watson finished the season ranked in TCU’s career top 10 in six categories. She was seventh in total attacks (1,202), eighth in digs per game (2.11), ninth in kills per game (1.72) and digs (455), and 10th in matches played (83) and kills (371).
Another strong year for Watson, she matched or bettered three career bests (assists, digs and blocks). She had five double-digit dig matches during the season, including a 15-dig match against Tulsa (Nov. 3). Watson had 11 kills in the Oct. 28 match versus Nevada. She finished her sophomore campaign at No. 10 in career kills (268), total attacks (851), career digs (320), and eighth in career kills per game (1.90) and career digs per game (2.27). Her name was also added to the season digs per game at No. 13 (2.36).
Watson started off the season ablaze as she led the Frogs in kills in three of the first five matches of the season. In her career debut, a sweep at North Texas on Sept. 1, Watson led TCU with 10 kills. Two matches later, Watson slammed 13 kills in a three-game loss to Oregon State on Sept. 3. One day and two matches later, Watson recorded a season and career high with 22 kills in 46 attempts against Missouri. In the mid-part of the season her presence was felt for TCU, but not in the same way. It took 10 matches for her to return to the double-digits in kills, with 10 in a three-game loss at nationally-ranked Hawai’i on Oct. 2. Watson’s pace slowed for the remainder of the season. Her highest kill total in the second half only reached seven kills in TCU’s 3-1 win over Rice on Nov. 26. In that match, however, she hit .438, landing the seven kills in just 16 attempts with no errors.
Watson set school records for career kills (708), career digs (599), kills in a season (405) and attack percentage in a season (.360). She finished her career with a .249 attack percentage. Playing for Beth Hughes at Denton High School, Watson was the team and district 7-4A MVP following both her junior and senior seasons. As a senior, she was named first team All-Area by The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In addition, Watson was a second team All-State performer as named by the Texas Association of Sports Writers. Academically, Watson was named Academic All-District and carried a 4.6 GPA (4.0 scale).
Born on Jan. 20, 1982, Stephanie Watson is the daughter of Wally and Peggy Watson. She is a biology and pre-med major.