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    Brenda Blackburn
    45 Brenda Blackburn

    Ardmore, OK

    High School:
    Ardmore High School





    • Saw her first action last year against Wisconsin on 1/12/03 after missing the first 13 games due to injury.
    • Was named the team's Most Improved Player following the 2001-02 season
    • Played on the Big Ten traveling team in Holland and Belgium in 2002
    • Appeared in 14 games as a freshman in 2000-01

    Nicknames: B, Big B, Big Beezie
    Favorite Food: Mexican
    Favorite Movie: Hoosiers
    Meal I looked forward to growing up: Mom's King Ranch Chicken or dad's steaks
    Biggest Sports Thrill: Signing at the U of I
    I started playing the game of basketball...playing in third grade with friends at the YMCA
    Top childhood memory: Playing basketball in the driveway with my brothers and neighbors.
    What I've learned from Coach Grentz: tons about the game and life in general
    I chose my number was my AAU number.
    Growing up I most parents.


    2003 Highlights: • Saw action in eight games after missing the first 13 games due to injury. • Scored a free throw vs. Northwestern. • Had a key block in a 75-65 win over Michigan State in East Lansing.

    2002 Highlights: • Named Most Improved on the Illinois Basketball Team. Appeared in 11 games for a total of 48 minutes. • Played on the Big Ten traveling team in Holland and Belgium. • Scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds on the season. • Played a season-high nine minutes against Eastern Illinois.

    2001 Highlights: Provided Illini with big presence off the bench • Appeared in 14 games for a total of 54 minutes • Played a season-high seven minutes vs. Minnesota, Tennessee and Connecticut • Grabbed three rebounds in the season-opener against Clemson • Scored first career points against Northwestern on Jan. 9 • Recorded her first career steal against Northwestern on Feb. 8.


    Scored 276 points as a senior at Ardmore to go along with 176 rebounds and an incredible 114 blocked shots (or 4.2 per game) while making 59 percent of her field goals as a senior * Sported a 4.2 GPA which earned her high honors * Member of the Young Women's Leadership of Ardmore * Attended Theresa Grentz Summer Camp * Two-time all-southern region honoree * Earned pre and postseason recognition from USA Today * High School coach was Terry Rogers.


    Born on Jan. 3, 1982, in Midland, Texas •Daughter of Brad and Linda Blackburn •Hobbies include reading, listening to music and shopping • Plans to major in kinesiology • Member of the Maxwell Avenue Church of Christ • Daily Ardmorite Blue Ribbon Scholar • Member of the National Honor Society • Favorite movie is Hoosiers.


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