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Jessika Stratton 10

Jessika  Stratton


Colorado Springs, Colo.

High School:




Ranks No. 5 on Baylor?'s career top 10 list for 3-pointers made with 82, is No. 9 in assists with 270 ... Attended the 2003 NCAA Student Leadership Conference in Orlando ... Played with Athletes in Action in Switzerland in August ... Will graduate this May.

As a junior (2002-03: Was named the team?'s top defender ... Only Lady Bear to start in all 35 games ... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors and second-team academic all-district .... Led the team in minutes per game, averaging 32.3 ... Set a school record for highest 3-point shooting percentage in a season at .440 (37-84) ... Led the team in assists with 130 and was second in steals (70) ... Averaged 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game ... Led the team in scoring once (Kansas State, 11 points) and in rebounding twice (North Texas, 9; Kansas, 8) ... Doled out a career-high 13 assists against Mercer ... Was perfect from the charity stripe nine times, the best was when she was 8-of-8 against North Texas ... Shot an impressive .831 from the free throw line (108-130) ... Recorded one double-double, 13 points, 13 assists versus Mercer ... Scored in double figures in 20 of 35 games ... Named to Big 12 Commissioner?'s Honor Roll for fall and spring semesters.

As a sophomore (2001-02: Started the first 16 games of the season, played in all 33 games ... Ranked fourth on the team in minutes played averaging 24.2 a game ... Shot an impressive 82.9 percent from the free throw line ... Led the team in 3-point field goals made with 30 and also led in 3-point field goal percentage (.353) ... Averaged 6.2 points and 2.1 rebounds a game ... Ranked No. 3 on the team in steals with 44 ... Scored a career-high 18 points in the season opener against North Texas, was 7-of-11 from the floor including four 3-pointers ... Scored in double figures in seven games ... Owns career highs of 20 points (Kansas State), six rebounds (seven times), nine assists (Oklahoma) and five steals (Iowa State) ...Named to the Big 12 Commissioner?'s Honor Roll for the spring semester (one of 32 from Baylor with perfect 4.0 GPAs).

As a freshman (2000-01: Appeared in 28 games ... Started one game (Yale) ... Was hampered by a wrist injury suffered against UL-Lafayette, missed two games due to injury ... Quite often the first player off the bench ... Averaged 21.0 minutes, 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds a game ... Averaged 22.3 minutes a game in Big 12 action, as opposed to 17.1 minutes in non-conference action ... Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Jan. 29) ... Saw action at the point and No. 2 spot and at the #3 position ... Ranks No.4 on Baylor?'s freshman assist list with 67.

Before Baylor: Was a four-sport athlete at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs ... Lettered four times in basketball, cross country and tennis and once in track ... Her most impressive awards came in basketball ... Started gaining attention nationally when she was a sophomore by earning Street and Smith Honorable Mention All-America, duplicated same award junior and senior years ... Also was named USA Today Honorable Mention All-America twice ... Named Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year and Gatorade All-American after senior season ... Ranks #10 in Colorado for career points with 1,602 and #2 in career steals with 363 ... Earned team MVP honors four times in basketball, three times in cross country, once in track and once in tennis ... Was named all-state honorable mention in basketball as a freshman, second-team all-state as a sophomore and garnered first-team honors as a junior and senior ... Was a state meet qualifier for three years in cross country and also qualified for the state meet her only season in track ... Outstanding student as well as athlete ... Member of the National Honor Society all four years ... Graduated in the top 7 percent of her class of 325 ... Named first-team academic all-state three straight years.

Personal: Full name is Jessika Jo Stratton ... Nickname is ?"J.J.?" ... Daughter of Randy and Kathy Stratton of Colorado Springs, Colo ... Born Dec. 27, 1981 in Colorado Springs ... Has a younger sister, Nicole, who is a freshman on Washington State?'s basketball team ... Father, Randy, played basketball at Northern Arizona University and also played semi-pro basketball in Sydney, Australia ... Majoring in journalism with an emphasis in public relations, minoring in Spanish ... Plans on going into broadcast journalism after graduation ... Would also like to work or play overseas ... Selected Baylor over Colorado State, Arizona State, Santa Clara and New Mexico ... Liked Baylor because of its family atmosphere, Christian environment, and outstanding academics and athletic programs ... Enjoys running in her spare time ... Volunteers with FCA, Baylor?'s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Athletes in Action ... Member of Baylor?'s 3.4 Club that recognizes student-athletes with a 3.4 grade point average throughout their academic and athletic careers at Baylor.

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