Kirsten was arguably the first true “great” in the Penn women’s basketball program. A four-year letterwinner and three-time team MVP, she was the first player in program history to earn Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year honors -- she received both as a senior in 1990-91. That season, Kirsten led the Quakers to a 10-4 Ivy League mark, which was the program’s best at the time and remains the third-best in program history (behind the Ivy championship squads of 2000-01 and 2003-04).
Kirsten was also the first Quaker to earn first-team All-Ivy more than once, as she was honored as a junior and again as a senior. She was a two-time scoring leader and four-time rebounding leader for the Quakers during her career. Nearly 20 years after her Penn career ended, her 351 points scored in Ivy play in 1990-91 (a 25.1 per-game average) remains third all-time in League history, and her 41-point game against Bucknell on Jan. 3, 1991 remains the third-best scoring performance by an Ivy League player in the conference’s history.
Kirsten scored 1,656 points and grabbed 847 rebounds during her career, both of which were Penn records when she graduated (they remain third and fifth, respectively, on the school’s all-time list); she scored a then-school record of 631 points as a senior, finishing ninth nationally in scoring (24.3 ppg), and that total has been surpassed only once since. Kirsten still holds the record for free throws made in a season (170 in 1990-91).
Following her Penn career, Kirsten enjoyed a standout professional career overseas, playing in Australia, Switzerland and Germany until 2000. She was inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1997.