Starbird says she needs time with family

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Fever forward Kate Starbird will not play in the WNBA this season, saying Thursday she needs to rest and spend time with her family.

The 6-foot-1 Starbird, who joined the Fever as a free agent last year, said she would return to basketball in the fall and play in Europe.

Starbird played in Spain the past two winters. She was acquired by Indiana before the 2004 season, her fifth in the league, and played in 12 games.

Starbird, 29, was an All-American at Stanford, where she was the 1997 Naismith Award winner as the nation's top woman player. She played two years in the American Basketball League and entered the WNBA in 1999 with Sacramento. She later played with Utah and Seattle before being released by the Storm during training camp in 2003.