Mary Klima
Mary Klima
Major: KSB/BS '98
Team: Women's Basketball

Mary Klima completed her career with the American University women’s basketball team as one of the most accomplished players in program history and helped guide the Eagles to an overall record of 70-42 from 1994-1998.

During the 1997-98 season, the Klima-led Eagles earned a berth into the WNIT, marking the first postseason appearance in program history. American finished that year with a 23-7 mark, setting a new school record for wins, and was at one point ranked as high as eighth in the national RPI.

Klima was a three-time All-CAA selection, earning first team honors in 1997 and 1998, and second team honors in 1996. She was also named to the 1998 CAA All-Tournament team after helping American reach the conference championship game.

Today, Klima’s 881 career rebounds still stands as the school record and she ranks third on the career scoring list with 1,477 points. Klima holds the top two spots for rebounding in a single season, is third on the single-season scoring list and her 24 rebounds against George Mason on January 16, 1998, stands as the team’s single-game record.

Klima also excelled in the classroom where she was a three-time CAA All-Academic Team selection. In 1998, she was honored as the CAA’s Dean Ehlers Leadership Award recipient, which is presented annually to the women’s basketball student-athlete who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, and sportsmanship in conjunction with her academic athletic achievement.

“Mary was the greatest student-athlete in the history of American Women’s Basketball. Over her four-year career, it was uncanny how Mary at just six feet tall competed very favorably against post players who were much taller and more athletic then herself. Her career points, rebounds and GPA all speak for themselves. It was an absolute pleasure to be her coach for four years.”
- Jeff Thatcher, Former Head Women’s Basketball Coach

During the 1997-98 season, the Klima-led Eagles earned a berth into the WNIT, marking the first postseason appearance in program history. American finished that year with a 23-7 mark, setting a new school record for wins, and was at one point ranked as high as eighth in the national RPI.

Klima was a three-time All-CAA selection, earning first team honors in 1997 and 1998, and second team honors in 1996. She was also named to the 1998 CAA All-Tournament team after helping American reach the conference championship game.

Today, Klima’s 881 career rebounds still stands as the school record and she ranks third on the career scoring list with 1,477 points. Klima holds the top two spots for rebounding in a single season, is third on the single-season scoring list and her 24 rebounds against George Mason on January 16, 1998, stands as the team’s single-game record.

Klima also excelled in the classroom where she was a three-time CAA All-Academic Team selection. In 1998, she was honored as the CAA’s Dean Ehlers Leadership Award recipient, which is presented annually to the women’s basketball student-athlete who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, and sportsmanship in conjunction with her academic athletic achievement.