Krista L. Rappahahn did not set out to be a record-setting high school and collegiate athlete, but with lots of hard work and with a supportive family, friends and coaches, she was blessed with a fantastic career. While participating in both gymnastics and soccer as a kid, she decided to try her hand at basketball. It was a risk that yielded amazing results.
Krista attended Norwich Free Academy where she played basketball for Coach Bill Scarlata. She averaged 22.9 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and four steals per game. Krista’s more than 2000 points made her NFA’s all-time leading scorer for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. During her four years at NFA, the team compiled a 106-2 record and won three State Championships and four ECC Championships.
Krista received All-State and All-American honors as well as a WBCA Top 40 Honorable Mention. She was named the 2002 Gatorade Player of the Year and attended the Nike All-American Camp. Academically, Krista was a member of the National Honor Society, an AP scholar with distinction, and a Heisman Scholar-Athlete State Finalist.
Krista’s accomplishments on the court and in the classroom earned her a scholarship to Stanford University. She played guard for Coach Tara VanDerveer while earning a BA in Human Biology. During her career, Stanford won four Pac-10 Championships and advanced to the NCAA Elite 8 three times. Krista’s fondest memory came during the Elite 8 in 2006 when the Stanford team defeated Oklahoma to advance to the regional finals.
Krista left her mark on Stanford basketball record books. She scored the most 3-point shots in a season with 91. Over the course of her career, she amassed 152 3-point shots, ranking her #10 in school history. On the conference level, Krista was #1 in 3-point percentage in 2006, as well as #1 for 3-pointers made during a game. In 2004 she was named Second Team PAC-10 All- Academic. The next two years, she was named First Team PAC-10 All-Academic. During 2006 she was named ESPN Academic All-District and the Donald Kennedy Award Winner. She was also the Women’s Runner-Up at the ESPN 3-point Championship at the Final Four in Indianapolis.
Basketball enabled Krista to “see the world.” Her Stanford team traveled to Italy. After graduation in 2006, Krista played basketball professionally in Sweden. She was a part of the 2006-07 Swedish National Championship Team. From 2007-2008, Krista played for Brahe Basket.
Krista was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and returned to Stanford as a medical student.