JUNIOR YEAR (1999-00) -
Played in 29 games and started nine...averaged 18 minutes per game...finished the year averaging 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game...shot 40 percent from the field (64-159)...scored in double figures in four games, with a career-high 13 against Hawaii (11/27) in the Rainbow Wahine Classic...had a career-best 10 rebounds at Arizona (2/10)...led the team in rebounding in two games, with her 10 boards at Arizona and again with six at Stanford...played the early portion of the Pac-10 season with a broken thumb on her right hand...hampered by a sore shoulder early in the non-conference season...tallied 19 steals for the year...hit 4-of-7 from the field, 3-of-3 from the free throw line with six rebounds and 11 points versus Arizona State (1/13).
SOPHOMORE YEAR (1998-99) - Played in 20 games and averaged eight minutes per outing ... in victory over Gonzaga, played 16 minutes and scored six points on 3-of-4 from the field ... also had three assists in that game ... played 20 minutes against Liberty in the first round of the Seattle Times Classic, and pulled down a season-high eight rebounds ...31 total rebounds for the season ... registered two blocks at BYU ... played four minutes against Washington State and was 2-of-3 from the free throw line ... hit 2-of-3 field goals, along with a steal, in nine minutes at Oregon.
FRESHMAN YEAR (1997-98) - Had surgery on her left knee in early October to repair cartilage damage but returned in time for the season-opener ... saw limited action in 25 games ... scored four points in three games (LMU, at Cal, at Oregon) ... 2-of-2 from the field at Oregon ... 2-of-3 free throws versus LMU ... also had six rebounds against LMU in the Seattle Times Husky Classic.
at Heritage High School
Four-year letterwinner playing forward and center for coach Walt Bastron ... two-year starter ... team compiled a record of 82-8 through her four years and also qualified for state each year ... carried a 39-game winning streak until she was injured in early Feb. of her final season ... as a senior, team advanced to the state quarterfinals and went 18-4 ... earned first team all conference and second team all-state ... team captain ... led the team with 54.5 FG percentage, in rebounding with 7.6 boards per game and in blocked shots with 1.4 per game ... second leading scorer with 17.9 points per game ... helped lead her team to the state championship and a undefeated season (24-0) as a junior ... earned honorable mention all-league and all-state ... averaged 8.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game ... lists her best game that season as a 66-33 victory in which she had 12 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots ... as a sophomore, averaged 7.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game ... team won Continental League title and was state runner-up, finishing with a record of 22-2 ... averaged 3.4 points and 4.4 rebounds as a freshman when the team went 19-4 ... earned two letters in softball and one each in track and volleyball ... was named Most Inspirational of her softball team ... holds school record for RBI in a game with five ... earned second team all-league honors.
Melissa Jo Erickson ... born Sept. 19, 1978 in Platte, S.D. ... parents are Leanne and Joseph ... mother works in child daycare and father is a training specialist for ICG ... older sister, Kristin, played basketball at Washington State from 1993-97 ... enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends ... majoring in sociology.
Major in school: Sociology
Favorite Seattle view: Gasworks Park
Favorite quiet spot: Priya's room (my roommate)
Favorite TV show: Beverly Hills 90210
Before I came to Washington, I had never heard of: Issues
The funniest thing I've ever seen a teammate do: Kellie sing Karaoke
My superstitions include: Lucky pennies
My favorite non-basketball team to watch: Husky football
The most influential person in my life is: My Grandfather
I hated it when my parents made me: Clean my room
My sports heros are: John Elway and Kobe Bryant
I can't imagine life without: McDonalds
I'm as good as anyone at: Just chillin'
The best thing about basketball: The friends you meet
Two words that best describe me: Tough Cookie
In 10 years I want to: Be coaching basketball
I would buy a ticket to watch: Denver Broncos and L.A. Lakers
If I could invite three historical people to dinner, they would be: My grandfather, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln
Points-13, Hawaii, Nov. 27, 1999
Rebounds-10, at Arizona, Feb. 10, 2000
Assists-3 vs. Gonzaga, Nov. 24,1998
Steals-3, Southern Mississippi, Nov. 21, 1999
FG Made-6, Hawaii, Nov. 27, 1999
FG Attempted-13, two times
FT Made-4, Arizona, Jan 15, 2000
FT Attempted-4, four times
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