Players, staff and supporters gathered inside the Ferrell Center Thursday night
Baylor women's basketball vs. Cal.
2011 Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year
ON THE CHARTS...
Ranks among BU's career top 10 in three categories; No. 6 in free throw percentage (.789, 262-of-332), No. 8 in both games played (125) and steals (199) ... Among Baylor seniors, her 135 season assists ranks No. 4 and is the best mark since the 2003-04 season and her 248 rebounds ranks No. 9.
Will graduate in May 2011 ... Served as team captain for second straight season in 2001-11 ... Traveled to Kenya for the second straight summer as part of a Baylor sports ministry team that painted and performed repair work on a rehab house and hosted several sports clinics in Nairobi ... Scored 981 career points ... One of five nominees, narrowed down from a field of 49, selected to the Baylor Homecoming Court ... Candidates selected based on scholarship, philanthropy, spiritual commitment and poise ... Had jersey (#5) retired by women's basketball program ... Was named the first recipient of the team's annual Melissa Jones Hustle and Courage award.
Sat out the Missouri game after suffering an eye injury late in game at Oklahoma (Feb. 27) ... Played final eight games with no vision or limited vision in right eye ... Averaged 5.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game during the eight-game span ... Despite no vision in right eye, started and played 24 minutes at Colorado ... Still with limited vision, tallied eight points, nine rebounds, seven asists, four steals, vs. Kansas ... Vision unchanged, seven assists and team-leading nine rebounds vs. Kansas State in Big 12 Championship semifinal contest ... nine rebounds three assists, two blocks, two points, in Big 12 Championship title game vs. Texas A&M ... Popped in 13 points vs. West Virginia ... Seven assists, two steals and six points vs. Green Bay ... 13 points, seven rebounds and a steal vs. Texas A&M in NCAA Elite Eight game ... Named one of top five players nationally at shooting guard by ESPN.com ... Scored 17 points against both FIU and Montana State ... Led all rebounders vs. No. 1 UConn with 14 .... Scored in double-figures in 14 games ... Finished the season ranked No. 1 on the squad in assists (135) and steals (67) ... No. 1 in Big 12 and No. 3 nationally in assist/turnover ratio (2.8) ... Recorded first double-double of the season vs. Texas with 14 points and 10 rebounds ... Was impressive vs. Kansas State: 11 pts., nine reb., six assists, five steals, three blocks, zero turnovers ... Earned a spot on both the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Championship (Dallas Regional) All-Tournament teams ... One of three BU players named to seven-member WBCA All-Region 5 team ... AP All-American honorable mention ... Named to fall semester Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Averaged 8.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the season.
Served at the team's lone captain, earned the team's Lady Bear award ... Lady Bears were 18-4 with Jones in the lineup, including 17-2 with her in the starting lineup and 9-6 with her on the sideline ... After missing 11 straight games from Feb. 3 until March 11 with a stress reactor injury, returned to court vs. No. 12 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals and scored four points in 17 minutes off the bench ... Returned to starting lineup in next outing vs. Fresno State and totaled 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes; then had eight points, four assists and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes vs. No. 13 Georgetown, 10 points, three rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes vs. No. 6 Duke and seven points, six rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes vs. No. 3 Tennessee ... Due to injury, missed first four Big 12 games, returned vs. No. 8 Texas A&M and sparked Lady Bear homecourt victory with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals in 36 minutes off the bench ... Came back at No. 19 Texas to registered one point, a rebound, two steals and an assist in 20 minutes off bench; then shut it down due to injury until Big 12 Championship ... BU's second-leading scorer (10.4 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (6.3 rpg), recorded 12 double-figure scoring games with three double-doubles ... Lady Bears are 24-4 all-time (11-1 in 2009-10) when she registers a double-digit scoring game; 2-1 when she nets 20+ (1-1 in 2009-10) ... Drained at least one 3-point goal in 14 of 22 games with two+ treys six times and a high of five vs. Idaho; led the Lady Bears in both made (23) and attempted (71) 3's ... Dished out three or more assists in 16 games, while collecting two or more steals in 15 outings ... 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in 26 minutes vs. UT Pan American ... Narrowly missed a triple-double against ORU with 15 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine steals; the nine thefts matched the fourth-best one-game total in program history ... World Vision Classic All-Star team selection ... Career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds vs. Idaho ... Registered a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double in 36 minutes at then-No. 17 Cal ... Then-career-high-tying 21 points, four rebounds and four assists in career-best 39 minutes at No. 8 Tennessee ... Her performance at Tennessee was aided by a 10-for-10 effort at the free throw line, which equaled sixth-best single-game effort in school history without a miss ... Named to fall 2009 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Jones' 210 rebounds as a sophomore ranks her No. 7 on Baylor's sophomore class list, tying her with former Lady Bear Danielle Wilson ... Sophomore guard shared 2009 Big 12 Coaches Sixth Man Award with Oklahoma's Nyeshia Stevenson ... Also earned 2009 Waco Tribune-Herald Sixth Woman Award ... School-record string of consecutive free throws made ended at 37 with miss vs. South Dakota State ... Ranked No. 10 in Big 12 in free throw percentage (.784), No. 14 in steals (1.5 spg), No. 15 in offensive rebounds (2.2 orpg) and No. 20 in rebounds (6.0 rpg) ... Lady Bears are 13-3 all-time when Jones registers a double-figure scoring game, including 10-3 in 2008-09 ... Grabbed five or more rebounds 22 times on season ... 15 multi-steal performances on season ... Led team in steals (51), was No. 2 in 3-point field goals made (20) and free throw percentage (.784), No. 3 in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and blocks (12), No. 4 in assists (53) and No. 5 in scoring (8.0 ppg) ... Drew 10 starts on year, including eight straight to open season, but came off the bench in season's final 13 outings ... In 14 games vs. 2008-09 ranked (AP) teams, she averaged 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, while shooting 48.6 percent (36-of-74) from the field and 38.5 percent (10-of-26) from 3-point range ... Averaged 12.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in BU's six (three Big 12, three NCAA) 2009 postseason games ... Totaled 13 points and five rebounds in 35 minutes before fouling out against No. 7 Louisville in Sweet 16 ... 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in career-high tying 36 minutes vs. No. 16 South Dakota State ... Career-high 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 32 minutes vs. UTSA in opening-round NCAA win ... Nine points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes vs. No. 10 Texas A&M in 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship title game ... Registered career-high three blocks at Kansas ... Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds at No. 16 Texas, the most by a Lady Bear in nearly two seasons, in 32 minutes ... Career-high six assists in 13 minutes vs. Missouri ... Team-high 16 points and three steals in 32 minutes vs. No. 2 Oklahoma ... Netted 18 points in 27 minutes vs. No. 22 Oklahoma State ... Had a career-high five steals and four assists in 21 minutes vs. Texas State ... Registered third double-double of season, a 10-point, 10-rebound performance, in 20 minutes vs. Lamar ... Had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes at Rice ... Totaled 13 points in 26 minutes vs. Stephen F. Austin ... Tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes vs. No. 2 Stanford.
The true freshman contributed 5.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest while playing in every game as a rookie ... Baylor's No. 4 rebounder (5.6 rpg) also ranked No. 2 on the squad in both free throw percentage (.778) and defensive rebounds (3.8 drpg) ... Contributed five or more points 19 times on season, including 10 of season's final 16 games, with a high of 14 vs. Fresno State in 32 minutes of Baylor's first-round NCAA Tournament victory ... Also had a career-high 14 rebounds against the Bulldogs, the most-ever by a Lady Bear in an NCAA Tournament game, to register first career double-double ... Collected two assists and tied her career high in both blocks (two) and steals (three) against Fresno State ... Moved into the starting line-up after Jhasmin Player's season-ending knee injury at Kansas State and started three games (at No. 17 Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, at Texas), but came off the bench for season's final eight games ... Played 13 or more minutes in every outing, including 25 stints of 20-plus minutes, and grabbed five or more rebounds in 19 games ... Produced 16 multi-assist games and 10 multi-steal outings on season ... Named to both the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Garnered Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Girls High School Athlete of the Year honors to go along with Colorado Girl's Player of the Year and Gatorade's Colorado Girls' Basketball Player of the Year recognition ... Led the Legacy High School Lightning to a 24-4 record and a berth in the Class 5A championship game, averaging 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5.8 steals, 4.5 assists and 1.7 blocks per game ... Poured in a combined 52 points and pulled down 26 total rebounds in Final Four postseason play, including a double-double (25 points, 10 rebounds) in a title-game loss to Highlands Ranch ... Maintained a 3.56 GPA in the classroom ... A two-time all-state basketball selection ... Was also an all-state middle blocker in volleyball and an all-conference selection in soccer ... Played in the Colorado High School All-Star game and led the Blue squad to a 72-50 victory, she scored a game-high 16 points, including draining three treys, and added six rebounds and three assists to earn player of the game honors ... Ranked No. 7 by Scout.com and No. 43 nationally by Blue Star Basketball ... 2006 third-team Preseason All-American Team, HoopGurlz.com ... 2006 all-tournament, End of the Trail ... Two-time (2005 and 2006) first-team all-state. ... 2006 all-Colorado, Denver Post ... Two-time (2005 and 2006) first- team all-Front Range League.
Full name is Melissa Nicole Jones ... Nickname is MJ ... Daughter of Katherine Jones of Thornton, Colo. ... Born Aug. 22, 1989, in Riverside, Calif. ... Has three older brothers - Matthew (23), Mark (22) and Michael (21) ... Speech communication major ... Selected Baylor over Oregon, Washington and Colorado State ... Chose Baylor because of its coaches, players and the Baylor atmosphere ... Enjoys playing laser tag and ultimate frisbee in her spare time ... Active volunteer in her community, devoting long hours to coaching youth league basketball players.