35  Malissa Bush
Malissa Bush


Cadiz, Ky.

High School:
Caldwell County HS





Special Education

Sophomore (1999-2000): Plagued by injury once again, but continued to improve throughout the season...Started the year off strong, scoring in double figures in three of the first five games...Scored a season-high 20 points in the third game of the season against Providence College and was named to the Lady Tiger Classic all-tournament team for her scoring efforts...Was the first Lady Tiger to score 20 points in a game this season...After five games, she was sidelined for six games with a stress fracture in her left foot...Held out for the six games to heal for C-USA action...In first game back against UAB, she scored eight points in just 16 minutes on the court...Played limited minutes for the first five league games, but rejoined the starting lineup for Memphis' victory over then-undefeated Marquette...The Lady Tigers posted an 11-5 record with her in the starting lineup...Played nine minutes of the C-USA Tournament with a stress fracture in her right foot and did not compete in the WNIT...Scored in double figures in seven of 22 games played...Ranked fifth on the squad in scoring with 7.3 points per game...Was the fourth-leading rebounder with an average of 3.8 boards a contest...Also totaled 35 steals, including a career-high seven steals versus Providence...Received the Lady Tiger Award at the team banquet for her dedication on and off the court. Freshman (1998-99): Started out the season very strong, averaging 18.0 points in her first five games...Struggled through the middle and latter half of the season with increasing pain and complications from stress fractures in her right leg...Played through her pain, seeing action in all 32 games, starting 31at forward...Ended the year as the third leading scorer on the squad with 10.2 points a contest...Helped lead the squad to a Final Four appearance in the WNIT, averaging 13.8 points a game in post-season action...Averaged 25.2 minutes a contest, playing in all but four minutes of the season opener against Ole Miss...Named to the Lady Tiger Classic all-tournament team after scoring a career-high 23 points against St. Francis College...Scored in double figures in 17 games...Also totaled 45 assists and 29 steals...Third on the team in rebounding and blocked shots with 161 and eight, respectively...One of the most consistent shooters on the squad, shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 61.4 percent from the charity stripe...One of just two Lady Tigers to shoot better than 50 percent from the field...Recorded her first and only double-double against Louisville (1/22/99) with 13 points and 10 rebounds...Honored with the "Iron Woman" award in the team banquet....Named to the Tiger Academic 30 for the Fall 1998 semester with a 4.0 gpa. Freshman-Redshirt (1997-98): Saw action in five games before ending her season after suffering from stress fractures...Made her first career start in Southern Illinois game. ..Recorded a career high against Alcorn State, scoring eight points and pulling down six rebounds...A very strong post player who can hit shots from outside the paint...One of four freshmen on the team...Received a medical redshirt and will have four years to compete as a Lady Tiger. At Caldwell County High School: Prepped at Caldwell County High School during her junior and senior seasons for coach Carrell Boyd...Also played at Trigg County High School as a freshman and a sophomore...Was a four-year letterwinner as a prep athlete...Also earned six letters in softball... Led her Caldwell Co. team to the District Championship in 1996 and 1997... During her senior season, she led her squad to a 21-7 record...During her final season she averaged 22.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest...For her performance on the basketball court she earned all-state and all-district honors...Recorded 41 points during one game her senior season, and in another she pulled down down a career-best 19 rebounds...During her junior season, she averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per contest, while leading Caldwell Co. to the Regional finals...Lost in the Regionals finals to eventual state champion Union County... Following her sophomore season at TCHS, she earned all-Three Rivers Conference honors and was named to the postseason all-tournament team ...Finished the season as the team's top three-point and free-throw shooter...For her play during the year she was named Trigg County High School's Defensive Player of the Year...As a freshman, she was an all-district peformer...Led herTrigg County team in blocks, field-goal percentage and rebounds... Besides her accolades on the basketball court, she earned numerous honors on the softball diamond...She led her squad to the district championship in 1996 and 1997...She also helped CCHS to a regional runner-up finish in 1996.. Personal: Full name is Malissa Dawn Bush...Daughter of Gene and Diane Bush...Born September 26, 1979, in Princeton, Ky. ...Majoring in special education at The U of M...Has one sister, Trina Clinkenbeard (24) and a brother, Tim (22).

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