The reason behind Harrower’s mid-season immediate retirement from basketball is the star point guard is going to be a mother, announcing she is 16 weeks pregnant.
Harrower will suit up in Sunday’s game against Adelaide in her farewell, but not necessarily play any minutes for the Australian Pork Bendigo Spirit.
Spirit Coach and Harrower’s father, Bernie, emotionally stated in this morning’s press conference that Kristi is Australia’s greatest point guard and that “she makes her teammates better.”
The evidence would suggest that Bernie Harrower is on the money – three Olympic silver medals, one Olympic bronze medal, one World Championship gold medal, stints in the WNBA and Europe, three WNBL Championships and a WNBL MVP.
The 39-year-old has inspired many during her career due to her short stature in a game customary to those blessed with height, only standing 162cm, but more importantly it has been her competitive nature and on-court smarts that has been a source of inspiration to those budding basketballers across the land.
Her ability to distribute and create for her teammates was first class; and still is. In the 2013-14 season, Harrower led the WNBL in assists averaging eight per game, and despite being 39 years old in the Championship game, she was only a whisker away from winning the Grand Final MVP finishing the game with 22 points and nine assists.
Harrower’s accolades at WNBL level put her in legend status, featuring top ten in five career statistical categories. 328 games (tenth all time), 4198 points (sixth), 1503 assists (second), 429 steals (ninth), and 460 three-pointers made (fifth).
To go with her three WNBL Championships (1994 Adelaide, 2012-13 & 2013-14 Bendigo) and her WNBL MVP in 2009-10, Harrower was named in the WNBL All Star Five on seven occasions; 1997, 1998, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2012-13.
Internationally, Harrower compiled 266 games for Australia including 49 at junior level. She made her Opals debut back in 1993 finishing up her international commitments at the 2012 London Olympics with a bronze medal.
Congratulations on a sensational career to Kristi Harrower, a legend of Australian basketball.