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2005-06 Player Biographies

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ASHLEY GREEN #11
5'11"...Senior...Guard/Forward
Otterbein, Indiana (Benton Central)
MAJOR: Elementary Education

2004-05: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors for the second straight season...averaged 5.7 points and 5.6 rebounds while starting in 25 games as a junior...scored in double-figures five times and grabbed 10 or more rebounds four times, including a career-high 13 against St. Joseph's College...recorded one double-double; 12 points and 10 rebounds against Kentucky Wesleyan College...scored a season-high 14 points twice and matched a career-high five assists and five steals twice...increased her three-point production in 2004-05, connecting on a career-high 24 shots from behind the arc...connected on a career-high four three-pointers in two games and went through a three-game stretch during the season in which she made 9-of-10 three-pointers. 2003-04: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors...averaged 7.8 points and 4.7 rebounds as a sophomore and became a key factor in USI's return to the NCAA II Tournament...recorded her first career double-double with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds against Wayne State University...recorded a career-high five steals against Pittsburg State University and matched a career-high five assists twice...scored in double figures 11 times...had a GLVC career-high 15 points against SIU Edwardsville and a GLVC career-high eight rebounds three times. 2002-03: Played in all 27 games, making three starts as a freshman...averaged 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game...had two double-digit scoring efforts, including a season-high 13 points against Illinois-Springfield on December 17, 2002...had a season-high seven rebounds against Ferris State on December 29, 2002. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Benton Central High School in Oxford, Indiana, where she earned 11 varsity letters in basketball, tennis, track, and volleyball...named one of the top 50 players in the state in both her junior and senior season...first-team All-Area performer...earned All-Hoosier Conference in 2001 and 2002...averaged 17 points per contest, shot 82 percent from the charity stripe, and led BCHS with 72 steals as a senior in 2001-02...second on team in field goal percentage, rebounds, blocks, and assists...helped her AAU team, the Lady Pistols, to an 11th-place showing at the 2001 state tournament and an eighth-place finish at the 1998 state tournament. PERSONAL: Born May 9, 1984...daughter of Dan and Gail Green.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN

02-03

27/3 54/133 .406 0/8 .000 12/22 .545 92 3.4 26 24 17 120 4.4 473
03-04 30/11 99/194 .510 5/14 .357 31/51 .608 140 4.7 59 50 19 234 7.8 619
04-05 27/25 56/153 .366 24/68 .353 19/33 .576 152 5.6 68 46 14 155 5.7 734
Total 84/39 209/480 .435 29/90 .322 62/106 .585 384 4.6 153 120 50 509 6.1 ---

TIARA BROWN #24
5'4"...Senior...Guard
Normal, Illinois (University/Lake Land)
MAJOR: Business Administration

2004-05: USI's starting point guard as a junior...played and started in 26 games, averaging 8.7 points and 4.2 assists per game...had an assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.1...also averaged 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game...scored in double figures 12 times, with a season-high 19 points against the University of Indianapolis and later in the season against Bellarmine University...recorded a season-high 11 assists against the University of North Alabama and racked up a season-best six steals against Northwood University...grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in the season-opener against the University of Alabama-Huntsville. TRANSFER: Transferring from Lake Land College where she helped lead the Lady Lakers to a two-year record of 43-22...finished 20th in the NJCAA II in assists per game (5.0) and was second on the squad with 12.3 points per contest as a sophomore in 2003-04...efforts led LLC to a 22-10 record and lifted her to All-Conference honors...helped the Lady Lakers to a 21-12 mark as a freshman in 2002-03 by averaging a team-high 4.9 assists to go along with 7.2 points per outing...overall, averaged 9.7 points , 4.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per game during her two-year stint with the Lady Lakers...named the “Freshman of the Year” in 2002-03. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from University High School in Normal, Illinois, where she earned five varsity letters in basketball and track and field. PERSONAL: Born August 25, 1984...daughter of Hosaja and Faye Brown.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
04-05 26/26 83/205 .405 24/79 .304 37/61 .607 70 2.7 110 55 1 227 8.7 775

SABRINA BRANDON #33
5'11"...Senior...Forward
Danville, Illinois (Danville/Parkland)
MAJOR: Business Administration

2004-05: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors and is USI leading returning scorer from 2004-05...played in all of USI's 28 games, making 10 starts...averaged 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and shot 47.9 percent from the field...scored in double figures 19 times, with a season-high 26 points against the University of North Alabama...tallied 20 or more points three times...scored at least five points in all but one game...made a season-high 11 field goals twice...had 10 or more rebounds twice and also had two double-doubles...season-high 11 rebounds was against Robert Morris College (Chicago)...recorded a season-best six steals against Calumet College of St. Joseph's. TRANSFER: Earned All-Conference, All-Region, and All-NJCAA II Tournament honors as a sophomore at Parkland College...averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during sophomore campaign...helped the Cobras to a 30-5 record and a 14-0 mark in the Central Illinois Conference...also helped lead Parkland to the Region XXIV championship and a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA II Tournament, as well as a number one ranking in the NJCAA II in 2003-04...averaged 6.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 29 contests and was voted Parkland’s most improved player as a freshman...helped lead the Cobras to the first of two straight conference championships in 2002-03. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Danville High School where she earned nine varsity letters in basketball, soccer, track and field, and volleyball...was the basketball team’s MVP and earned honorable mention All-Conference honors as a junior and senior...averaged 14.2 points per game as a junior to help lead DHS to a regional championship and 12.6 points per contests as a senior...also earned All-Area honors in soccer and was a two-time team MVP in volleyball. PERSONAL: Born April 7, 1984...daughter of Dennis Watson and Gayle Mason.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
04-05 28/10 139/290 .479 5/12 .417 55/88 .625 147 5.3 28 34 10 338 12.1 700

LEAH STORMONT #4
5'6"...Junior...Guard
Haubstadt, Indiana (Gibson Southern)
MAJOR: Exercise Science

2004-05: Saw an increasing amount of minutes as a sophomore as she played in 26 games, making six starts...averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds per game...had a season-high five points three times and dished out a career-high six assists against West Virginia Wesleyan...averaged 2.2 assists per game and had a turnover ratio of +1.1...recorded a career-high five rebounds against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. 2003-04: Averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game as a freshman...recorded a career-high six points against the University of Illinois-Springfield, four rebounds against Assumption College, and four assists against the University of Missouri-St. Louis. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Gibson Southern High School where she was a three-time All-County performer...was a two-time All-Conference performer and was named to the Toyota All-Tournament team in 2002...helped GSHS to a 23-1 record and a Pocket Conference championship as a senior in 2002-03...helped lead GSHS to three conference titles as well as the Toyota Classic Championship in 2003...helped GSHS to sectional, regional, and semi-state championships as well as the IHSAA 3A State Championship game as a junior in 2001-02...GSHS was 24-5 in 2001-02...earned All-Conference honors as a senior and All-County honors as a junior and senior in volleyball...was GSHS's MVP for volleyball...was a four-time All-Conference, All-County, and team MVP in track and field...was a state qualifier in the 1,600-meter relay as well as the 100 and 400 meters...helped GSHS's track and field team to sectional championships in 2000 and 2003 as well as a conference championship in 2003...was an honor roll student at GSHS and earned Academic All-Conference honors for track...member of the Sunshine Society, pep club, student council, and the science club at GSHS. PERSONAL: Born January 9, 1985...daughter of Michael Stormont and Donna Lowe.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN

03-04

28/0 13/35 .371 6/19 .316 3/4 .750 32 1.1 20 19 0 35 1.3 301
04-05 26/6 12/43 .279 7/24 .292 9/12 .750 25 1.0 58 27 1 40 1.5 426
Total 54/6 25/78 .321 13/43 .302 12/16 .750 57 1.1 78 46 1 7 5 1.4 ---

NICOLE MCDONALD #10
5'6"...Sophomore...Guard
Portage, Indiana (Portage)
MAJOR: Pre-Radiologic and Imaging Sciences

2004-05: Saw limited playing time as a freshman as she was hampered by leg injuries in the early part of the season...averaged 1.5 points per game, with a season-high seven points against Bellarmine University...had a season-best five assists in the season-opener against the University of Alabama-Huntsville. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Portage High School where she was an All-Area performer in 2003-04 and an All-Conference performer as a junior and senior...earned nine varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and softball during her career at PHS...was PHS’s most valuable player as a junior and a senior and earned the Coach’s Award as a sophomore. PERSONAL: Born May 25, 1985...daughter of James and Annette McDonald.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
04-05 15/0 8/29 .276 6/21 .286 1/2 .500 9 0.6 10 8 0 23 1.5 147

MARSHAY JOLLY #31
5'9"...Sophomore...Guard
Merrillville, Indiana (Merrillville)
MAJOR: Business Administration

2004-05: Started the season strong, averaging 14.0 points per game in USI's first two contests...finished the season with 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game...season-high 15 points was against Calumet College of St. Joseph's and season-best five rebounds was against Northwood University...had a season-high five assists against St. Joseph's College and a season-best seven steals against Calumet-St. Joseph's...averaged 1.0 steals and 1.1 assists per game...played in 26 games, with four starts. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Merrillville High School where she was a four-time team MVP as well as a four-time All-Duneland Athletic Conference selection...also was voted to the Tremendous 26 list as a senior in 2003-04...was second on the team with 10.8 points and third on the team with 4.6 rebounds per game during her senior season...shot 47 percent from the field to help lead MHS to a conference title and an 18-3 overall record, 13-1 in the DAC, in 2003-04...was a junior All-Star and was named the Prep Athlete of the Week in 2002-03...also was named the Player of the Week in January 2002. PERSONAL: Born December 13, 1985...daughter of Napoleon and Mary Jolly.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
04-05 26/4 30/115 .261 6/34 .176 18/31 .581 52 2.0 26 28 0 84 3.2 363

JESSICA GRIMALDO #12
6'1"...Redshirt Freshman...Forward/Center
Carmi, Illinois (Carmi-White County)
MAJOR: Public Relations and Advertising

2004-05: Granted a medical-redshirt after a knee injury ended her year just five games into the season...got off to a hot start before the injury, averaging 14.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game...recorded double-figures in three games and 20 or more points in two games...season-high 22 points was against Robert Morris College (Chicago)...had a season-best eight rebounds against St. Joseph's College and a season-high three assists against Robert Morris...also averaged 1.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Carmi-White County High School where she averaged 20.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and was named the Black Diamond Conference MVP as a senior in 2003-04...finished her career as CWCHS's second all-time leading scorer (1,576 pts) and rebounder (704 rbs)...averaged two assists and two steals per game in 2003-04...recorded a career-high 39 points in a single game...recorded the highest career field goal percentage (.630) in school history and was the first to score 600 points in a single season...also holds the school record for rebounds in a single season (294)...had 48 blocked shots as a senior and finished her career with 124 steals...averaged17.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a junior in 2002-03...earned honorable mention All-State honors in 2002-03...entering her senior season in 2003-04, she was a two-time All-North Egyptian Conference performer as a sophomore and junior as well as a three-time All-Southeastern Illinois performer...also earned All-Southern Illinois honors as well as fourth-team accolades by the Illinois Girls Basketball Coaches’ Association in 2003...earned most valuable player honors at the Eldorado Tournament in 2002-03...holds the CWCHS season record for field goal percentage (.650) and is second on CWCHS’s list for points (509) and rebounds (229) in a single season...also is sixth all-time with 913 career points as well as seventh all-time with 410 career rebounds...averaged 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2001-02...inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior. PERSONAL: Born October 6, 1985...daughter of Loren and Anita Minnick.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
04-05 5/0 26/43 .605 0/0 .000 21/27 .778 25 5.0 5 7 2 73 14.6 89

Newcomers

MICHELLE KING #13
6'0"...Junior...Guard/Forward
Columbus, Indiana (Columbus East/Chattanooga St. Tech.)
MAJOR: Psychology

TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from Chattanooga State Technical Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she averaged 11.5 points, 3.0 steals, and 4.2 assists as a sophomore in 2004-05...helped lead CSTCC to a 25-3 record as a sophomore and a NJCAA Division I ranking of 16th. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Columbus East High School where she was the team's most valuable player as a senior in 2002-03...was a three-time All-Hoosier Hills Conference performer and a two-time All-Area performer...averaged 13 points and six rebounds per game as a senior in 2002-03...also recorded 80 steals and had a career-high 22 points in 2002-03...selected as the Defensive Player of the Year while leading CEHS to the sectional tournament as a senior. PERSONAL: Born January 5, 1985...daughter of Fred and Rosslyn King.


KATIE THIESENHUSEN #40
5'8"...Junior...Guard
Muskego, Wisconsin (Muskego/Jefferson)
MAJOR:
Business Administration

TRANSFER: Transferred from Jefferson College where she averaged 12.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2004-05...her efforts helped Jefferson to a 28-4 record and the second round of the NJCAA Division I Region XVI Tournament...averaged 13.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest as a freshman in 2003-04...earned Academic All-Region honors as well as All-Conference honors. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Muskego High School where she earned All-Division, All-Conference, All-Suburban, and All-Weukesha County honors...also was the Conference Player of the Year in basketball as well as an All-Division and All-Conference performer in softball. PERSONAL: Born September 1, 1984...daughter of Karl and Julaine Thiesenhusen.


SARAH BULDTMAN #43
6'2"...Junior...Forward/Center
Metropolis, Illinois (Massac County/John A. Logan)
MAJOR: Exercise Science

TRANSFER: Transferred from John A. Logan College where she averaged 5.0 points and 4.9 rebounds as a sophomore in 2004-05 after an elbow injury limited her to just 22 games...averaged 9.5 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds per game, including a season-high 13 against Dyersburg State Community College, as a freshman...scored in double figures 14 times, including a season-best 19 points on three occasions, pulled down 10 or more rebounds seven times in 2003-04. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Massac County High School where she was an All-State selection as a senior after earning honorable mention All-State honors during her junior year...she led the MCHS to the IHSA super-sectional and played in the prestigious IBCA All-Star game as a senior. PERSONAL: Born July 19, 1984...daughter of Robert and Bernice Buldtman...sister Amanda played at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1998-99 to 2000-01.


JASMINE BAINES #23
6'0"...Sophomore...Forward
Jeffersonville, Indiana (Jeffersonville/IUPU-Indianapolis)
MAJOR: P
ublic Relations & Advertising

TRANSFER: Transferred from Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis where she was named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Newcomer Team...averaged 5.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 27 games as a freshman...put up some big numbers as a starter, averaging 8.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 15 starts...also had four double-doubles...scored a career-high 17 points against Centenary and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Southern Utah...had five double-figure scoring outing and six double-digit rebounding efforts...named to IUPUI’s Academic Advisor’s List in the fall of 2004. HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Jeffersonville High School...helped her high school squad to a 22-3 mark during her junior season and was an Indiana Top 40 Workout participant...was a two-time All-Hoosier Hills Conference performer and was JHS’s 2004 Athlete of the Year...also was named first-team All-County as a senior. PERSONAL: Born June 29, 1986...daughter of Elwood Johnson and Audrey Moore.


MEGAN KREIDER #25
5'10"...Sophomore...Forward
Wolcottville, Indiana (Westview High School)
MAJOR: Pre-Pharmacy

TRANSFER: Transferred from Glen Oaks Community College where she averaged 10.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2004-05...scored in double-figures in 13 of the 23 games she played in, recording a season-high 18 points against Ancilla College. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Westview High School where she earned seven varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and softball. PERSONAL: Born December 3, 1985...daughter of Richard and Linda Kreider.


KEISHA COLLINS #1
5'4"...Freshman...Guard
South Holland, Illinois (Marian Catholic)
MAJOR:
Undecided

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from tradition-rich Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights, Illinois), where she helped lead the Spartans to a 28-3 record in 2004-05 and the East Suburban Catholic Conference title...MCHS also won the Bloom Regional championship and advanced to the finals of the Andrew Sectional Tournament...earned first-team All-Area honors and was named the Player of the Year by the Illinois Times...earned honorable mention IBCA All-State honors as a senior and was named the Christmas Tournament MVP...averaged 11.0 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.0 steals per game as a senior...helped the MCHS Spartans to a 27-8 record, a fourth-place finish in the Class AA state tournament, their third consecutive Elite Eight appearance, and their third straight Hillcrest Holiday Classic title as a junior in 2003-04...MCHS was the 2002 IHSA Class AA state runner-up...helped MCHS to an 87-14 record in her first three seasons at MCHS...averaged 8.0 points, 2.4 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game during her junior season in 2003-04...also connected on on 37 three-pointers and shot 35 percent from the arc. PERSONAL: Born April 16, 1987...daughter of Kevin and Verdina Collins...brother, Kevin Jr., plays baseball at Alabama A&M.


BRITTANY NEUMAN #44
6'2"...Freshman...Forward/Center
Huntingburg, Indiana (Southridge)
MAJOR: Pre-Elementary Education

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Southridge High School where she was named IHSAA Academic All-State and was a member of two sectional championship teams...also was a member of two Pocket Athletic Conference Championship squads...earned 13 varsity letters in basketball, volleyball, tennis, and track...was SHS’s team captain for three years and was the team’s leading scorer as a junior and senior as well as the team’s leading rebounder as a sophomore, junior, and senior...scored 873 points and grabbed 707 rebounds in her career at SHS...averaged 11.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game during her senior season...efforts got her invited to the Indiana Top 40 Workout as well as the Top 100 Showcase...also participated on the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Team and was a three-time All-Conference performer...also was a member of the National Honor Society, the Pep Club, Spanish Club, Outdoorsmen Club, and the Business Professionals of America. PERSONAL: Born November 11, 1986...daughter of Russell and Donna Neuman.


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