One of four seniors on Baylor's 2005 women's basketball national championship team...Finished her career ranked eighth on Baylor's career blocks list with 87...Appeared in 104 career games, including 20 as a senior...Played the final two minutes of the Lady Bears' 84-62 victory over Michigan State in the title game...Tallied four points, a rebound and a steal in 10 minutes during Baylor's first-round NCAA Tournament win over Illinois State...Did not score, but grabbed a rebound in three minutes of duty against Oregon in BU's second-round NCAA Tournament victory...Her 100th career appearance came in the Lady Bears' Big 12 Tournament title game victory over Kansas State... Registered season highs in both scoring and rebounding against Sam Houston State with six of each...Student taught high school English three mornings a week at Waco's A.J. Moore Academy during Baylor's fall semester...Named to the spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
As a junior: posted 19 blocks as a junior to go with 48 as a sophomore and 16 as a freshman for a total of 83 through her junior season...Shot an impressive 55.9 percent from the floor, going 33-for-59...Made her first trip overseas in summer of 2003 when she and teammate Jessika Stratton traveled to Switzerland to play with Athletes in Action.
As a sophomore: appeared in all 35 games and made 11 starts...Ranked second on the team in blocked shots with 48...Her 1.37 blocks per game ranked ninth in the Big 12...Averaged 13.1 minutes, 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds a game...Ranked second on team in field goal percentage at .550 (94-of-171)...Her 48 blocks ranked as the fourth-best season total in BU history and her .550 field goal percentage is No. 7 on that same list...Scored a career-high 20 points against Mercer, was 9-of-11 from the floor...Tallied nine double-digit scoring efforts...Blocked a career-high five shots twice (Princeton & Texas Southern).
As a freshman: saw action in 20 games...Averaged 2.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 5.8 minutes a game...Blocked 16 shots on the season.
High School: A graduate of Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School in Orange, Texas, where she led the Battlin' Bears to four district championships in basketball ... Over that four-year span the Bears posted a 51-1 record in district games and were 102-26 (.797) overall...Averaged 18.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 5.9 blocks a game as a senior...Was named by the TABC as No. 1 "Big Man" in the state all four years...As a junior she was named District MVP and earned District Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and senior...Earned first-team all-district and academic all-district all four years...Was named second-team TABC All-Region as a sophomore and first-team her last two years...TABC named her to its honorable mention all-state team as a sophomore, second-team as a junior and first-team her senior season...Named Who's Who Among American High School Students four times.
Personal: Full name is Melanie Nicole Hamerly
...Born Nov. 24, 1982, in Orange, Texas...Daughter of Joe and Carolyn Hamerly...Majoring in education with English teaching field.