41  Melissa Abraham
Melissa Abraham

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Houston, Texas

High School:
Westbury HS

Height:
6-

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
09/24/1980

Experience:
3L

Major:
Pre-Law


Melissa Abraham, Lady Tiger Basketball, 1998-2002


JUNIOR (2000-01): Sixth-leading scorer on the squad, averaging 5.1 points per game...Started the last 10 games of the season...Averaged 17.5 minutes per game...Hit on 45 percent of her shots from the field and was a 61-percent shooter from the charity stripe...Best game from the free-throw line was an 8-of-10 effort versus Charlotte...Was 6-of-9 from the field in 12-point effort against Tennessee Tech...Hit four or more field goals in seven games...Played a season-high 35 minutes against Charlotte and totaled 10 points, 12 rebounds and a blocked shot...Third-leading rebounder on the team, pulling down an average of 5.3 boards per meeting...Pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds (nine offensive and 11 defensive) against USF...One of just four Lady Tigers in school history to haul in 20 or more rebounds in a game...Averaged 6.1 rebounds in the last nine games...Recorded three double-doubles to bring career total to five...Scored in double digits in seven games...Led the team in blocked shots with 27...Also totaled 21 assists and 27 steals...Ran track for the third straight season...Named to the Tiger Academic 30 for the 2000 fall and spring semesters.

SOPHOMORE (1999-2000): Easily one of the biggest defensive threats in Conference USA...Led the Lady Tigers in rebounding with 6.2 boards a game...Led the squad in rebounding in 11 different games...Pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds against UALR, tying the fourth-best school record for rebounds in a game...Also led the team in blocked shots with 20...Recorded two double-doubles with 17 rebounds and 12 points versus UALR and 19 points and 11 rebounds against Tulane..Boasted six games in which she pulled down 10 or more rebounds...Scored in double figures in 10 games, including a career-high 19 points versus Tulane...Recorded at least one rebound in all but four of her 62 career games...Jumped into the starting lineup in a hurry and ended the season with 28 starts in 30 games played...Averaged 21.4 minutes per game...Fourth-leading scorer on the team with 7.6 points per game...Also dished out 21 assists and recorded 30 steals...Received the Hustle Award at the Lady Tiger banquet.

FRESHMAN (1998-99): Considered as one of the best examples of a "diamond in the rough" with a tremendous amount of raw talent and sheer athleticism...Made major contributions to the squad in her initial season on the Lady Tiger roster...One of just three freshmen to play in all 32 games...Recorded her first and only start of the season against Southern Miss (1/10/99)...Led the Lady Tiger true freshmen in scoring with 6.0 points a game...Honored with the 6th Man Award in the post-season team banquet...Usually the first or second Lady Tiger off the bench, averaging 17.2 minutes a game as a reserve...An explosive defender who ranked second on the squad in blocked shots with 29...Blocked a season-high five shots against Middle Tennesee State in the first round of the WNIT...Blocked at least one shot in 18 of her last 29 games...Hit a crucial layup with two seconds left in the 76-73 victory over UAB (12/29/98)...Playing time picked up in the latter half of the season, seeing 20 or more minutes of action in 11 of the last 25 games...Scored a career-high 16 points against Austin Peay St. (12/19/98)...Also averaged 4.0 rebounds a game while totaling 18 assists and 34 steals...Honored as a Tiger Academic 30 selection for the Fall 1998 semester with a 3.41 gpa....Ran track this season for Memphis, competing in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 4x100 relay.

AT WESTBURY HIGH SCHOOL: Played for coach Larry Williams at Westbury High School...Was a four-year starter on the basketball court ... Led her squad to a 28-8 record and a district co-championship during her senior year, averaging 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds a game...Scored a career-high 27 points versus Katy High School in her final prep season...Honored as an all-district and all-area selection...Earned all-district honors all four years at Westbury...Once voted the Reebok Female Athlete of the Month...Also honored as a member of the Adidas Blue Chip all-tournament team...Served as co-captain of her junior and senior Lady Rebel squads...Mostly pursued for her track ability...Secured the district championship in both the 100-meter and the 200-meter dashes during her freshman and sophomore seasons...Holds the school record and won the district championship in the 200-meter dash as a junior...Finished the Texas state track meet as runner-up in the 200-meter dash in class 5-A track...Also holds the school record in the 4x200-meter relay as well as the Texas Relays record for that same event...As a junior, she was listed as one of the top 15 junior sprinters in the nation in the 200-meter dash...Was a finalist for the Junior American track team as a senior...Personal best in the 100-meter dash is 11.6, and in the 200-meter dash is 23.9...Also a two-year letterwinner on the volleyball team...Underwent surgery over the summer to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament she suffered while trying to dunk in a game.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Cris Abraham...Born September 24, 1980, in Baytown, Texas...Majoring in paralegal studies at The U of M.



- Individual Career History (Jul 07, 2006)

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Total 3-Point Rebounds Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 1998-99 32-1 551/17.2 75-161 .466 0-1 .000 42-75 .560 57-71 128 4.0 96-5 18 65 29 34 192/6.0 1999-00 30-28 643/21.4 89-199 .447 0-2 .000 50-94 .532 79-108 187 6.2 85-2 21 66 20 30 228/7.6 2000-01 30-10 524/17.5 58-129 .450 0-1 .000 36-59 .610 65-93 158 5.3 65-1 21 52 27 27 152/5.1 2001-02 28-28 605/21.6 89-175 .509 0-0 .000 42-69 .609 84-128 212 7.6 69-0 25 66 25 34 220/7.9 TOTAL 120-67 2323/19.4 311-664 .468 0-4 .000 170-297 .572 285-400 685 5.7 315-8 85 249 101 125 792/6.6

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