Women's Basketball


Jacqui Grant
Jacqui Grant
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Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Park Ridge, Ill.

High School:
Maine South

Height:
6-3

Position:
Forward

At Illinois
2013-14 - Freshman: Played in and started 24 games on the season, missing six games from Feb. 5-27 with mononucleosis ... Averaged 13.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks per game ... Shared the team's Most Improved Player award with Ashley McConnell at the annual postseason banquet ... Also earned the UI Alumni Association Ralf Woods Free Throw Trophy for having the highest free-throw percentage in Big Ten games (.710) among qualifying players ... Ranked sixth in the Big Ten in steals (2.0 spg), 11th in blocks (1.4 bpg) & offensive rebounds (2.3 rpg), and 22nd in scoring (13.0 ppg) in all games ... Ranked seventh among Big Ten freshmen in scoring (13.1 ppg), fifth in rebounding (5.7 rpg), second in steals (2.0 spg) and third in blocks (1.4 bpg) ... In Big Ten play, averaged 13.6 ppg, 2.0 spg and 1.7 bpg, all of which would have ranked among conference leaders if she had played enough games ... Scored in double figures in 18 of 24 games, including four games of 20-plus points ... Posted three double-doubles on the season ... Averaged 15.1 ppg over her last eight games prior to contracting mono, with two 20-point outings ... Posted a career-high 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including 3-of-5 three-pointers, along with seven rebounds and three steals, at Ohio State (Jan. 30) ... Tied her career high with 22 points on a career-best 9-of-14 (.643) shooting, grabbed seven rebounds & had four blocks vs. No. 19 Purdue (Jan. 27) ... Posted her third career double-double at Michigan State (Jan. 23) with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including a personal 7-0 run after the final media timeout to break a 46-46 tie & give Illinois a lead it wouldn't relinquish ... Hit a career-best 4-of-4 three-pointers at Michigan (Jan. 18) ... Posted double-digit rebounds four times and had eight games with three or more steals ... Had 20 points, including 15 in the first half, at No. 11 Colorado (Dec. 4) ... Her 14 rebounds vs. Bradley (Nov. 8) were a season high and her 10 offensive boards tied for fourth-most in a game in school history.

High School
Ranked the No. 28 power forward and No. 108th overall player in the nation in the class of 2013 by Blue Star ... Named a first-team All-State selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Champaign News-Gazette ... Named a second-team All-State selection by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times ... Three-time All-Central Suburban League selection ... Finished second in Maine South history in scoring (1,522) and rebounding (819) ... Led Maine South to a 27-6 record and a berth in the IHSA Class 4A supersectional in 2012-13, averaging 14.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game ... Led Maine South in scoring (13.1 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg) and blocked shots (2.2 bpg) in 2011-12 ... Helped the Hawks to a third-place finish in the 2011 IHSA Class 4A state tournament, averaging 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game in 2010-11 ... Was the Central Suburban League Freshman of the Year in 2010 ... Was invited to the USA Basketball U-16 team tryouts in 2010 ... Also received scholarship offers to play softball in college ... High school basketball coach was Mark Smith.

Personal
Born Aug. 28, 1995 ... Parents are Josh Grant and Tina and Tom Grusecki ... One of nine children ... Majoring in i-Health ... Plans to play professionally after graduation, before starting a career as a teacher and coach.

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