Women's Basketball


Nia Oden
Nia Oden
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brooklyn, N.Y.

High School:
Christ The King

Height:
5-10

Position:
Forward

At Illinois
2013-14 - Junior: Played in 29 games on the season, making six starts ... Averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game ... Named team's defensive player of the year at the annual postseason banquet ... Had 24 steals on the season, one of six Illini with 20 or more steals ... Hauled in five or more rebounds five times in 2013-14 ... Had 25 rebounds in the season's last seven games (3.6 rpg) ... Posted career highs with 10 points and eight rebounds at Indiana (Feb. 22) on a career-best 5-of-8 shooting ... Hauled in six rebounds at Minnesota (Feb. 9) ... Played a career-high 27 minutes against Michigan State (Feb. 5) ... Collected five rebounds in 24 minutes against No. 19 Purdue (Jan. 27) ... Played 23 minutes vs. No. 16 Nebraska (Jan. 12) and tallied six points ... Made her first collegiate start against No. 14 Penn State (Jan. 9) ... From Dec. 21-Jan. 3, averaged 3.3 rebounds per game over a three-game span, with 10 of her 34 rebounds on the season coming in that stretch ... Grabbed a clutch offensive rebound, got fouled, then delivered the game-winning free throw in the last-second come-from-behind 71-70 win over Seton Hall (Dec. 9) ... Recorded a career-high five steals vs. Alcorn State (Nov. 17) ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2012-13 - Sophomore: Played in 27 games, averaging 7.4 minutes per contest ... Averaged 1.4 points and 0.8 rebounds per game ... Opened the season with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting, including her first career three-pointer, in 18 minutes against Evansville on Nov. 11 ... Scored a career-high eight points in a career-best 22 minutes against Iowa State on Nov. 24 ... Grabbed a career-high four rebounds at Penn State on Feb. 20 ... Played 10 minutes in the Women's NIT Sweet 16 game at Toledo, posting three points and two rebounds.

2011-12 - Freshman: Played 43 minutes over nine contests, including the games against South Carolina, Cleveland State, Memphis, California, Dayton, Alabama A&M, Northwestern, Nebraska and Indiana ... Scored her first collegiate points against the Gamecocks on Nov. 11, hitting her first collegiate field goal while also grabbing a pair of rebounds ... Tallied two points and a steal in five minutes of floor time during Illinois' 83-65 win over Alabama A&M on Dec. 28 ... Earned two points, two rebounds and her first collegiate assist in seven minutes at Northwestern on Jan. 16.

High School
Ranked the No. 30 wing in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz ... McDonald's All-American nominee ... Ms. Basketball (NY) nominee ... New York Daily News All-City Second Team and New York Post All-Queens First Team after averaging 11.9 points and 9.7 rebounds and leading team to 2010 New York Federation Class AA title as a junior ... Finished her scholastic career as a member of Christ the King's 1,000 points club, with 1,091 during her career ... Plays on Exodus club team with fellow Illini signee Alexis Smith ... Attends the same high school as WNBA stars Sue Bird and Chamique Holdsclaw ... National Honor Society member and Rose Classic Academic All-American ... Chose Illinois over Ivy League schools Brown, Cornell and Harvard.

Personal
Born Jan. 29, 1993 ... Daughter of Kelvin and Ravonda Oden ... Has one sibling, Taj ... Hobbies include jumping double-dutch and spending time with her family and friends ... Biggest sports thrills are completing a game-changing shot or play that puts the team ahead with only seconds left and the energy and adrenaline provided by the crowd ... Member of the National Honors Society and was a three-year honor roll student at Christ the King ... Plans to being an orthopedic surgeon or sports analyst following her undergraduate studies.

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