Named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-American Team.
Finalist for prestigious Naismith & CLASS Awards.
Nominated for the Wade College Player of the Year Award.
Named to All-SEC First Team by the SEC coaches and Associated Press.
Scored 51 points against Stetson and 50 points versus Woford to become the first Division I woman in three years to score 50+ points. First woman in NCAA in 13 years to record two 50+ points in one season and one of only three women to have two or more 50+ point performances during a career.
Two-time SEC Player of the Week.
First in the SEC in steals with 3.8 thefts per game and first in the SEC in field goal percentage (.629), breaking her own Gamecock record.
Second in the SEC in scoring and fourth in the country at 24.3 points per game.
Fourth in the SEC in rebounding (8.0 rpg).
Started 28 games this season; Did not play in 3/2 final at Ole Miss (sprained ankle) which is the only DNP in her 115-game career.
Scored in double figures in 26 contests with nine double-figure rebounding games.
9 double-doubles, second in the SEC.
One of only four South Carolina women to score 1,500+ points, grab 500+ rebounds and make 200+ steals.
SEC and USC’s all-time leader in career steals with 353.
Fourth in USC history with 1,903 points (80 pts behind third place Brantley Southers; 1,982).
With 785 rebounds, now tied for ninth place (with sister Annie Lester) in the USC Career Rebound category.
Close to breaking two more USC records; Points Scored in a Season (754) and Steals in a Season (126).
Scored in double figures 92 times with 18 double-digit rebounding games.
18 double-double performances in her career.
Named to All-SEC First Team & AP’s All-SEC Second Team.
Finished fifth in the nation in FG % (.621).
Second in the SEC in FG%, third in steals, seventh in scoring and 11th in rebounding.
Started all four 2002 NCAA Tournament games with averages of 13 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Named to the East All-Region Team last year.
JUNIOR YEAR (2001-2002)
Started 31 of her 32 games played, missing only the Senior Day start against Mississippi ... Selected as a team co-captain ... Led the team in scoring, rebounding and steals during her junior year ... Her 94 steals were the second-highest season total in Gamecock history ... Scored in double figures in 27 of 32 games ... Rebounded in double figures twice with two double-double performances ... Scored her 1,000th career point in the 1/13 contest against Arkansas ... Fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (.621) ... 32nd in the country in steals ... Second in the SEC in FG%, third in steals, fifth in offensive rebounds, seventh in scoring and 11th in rebounding ... Featured in the February 4th Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd” section ... Scored a career-high 32 points twice, against Arkansas and Wofford ... Contributed 29 points against Florida and Coastal Carolina ... Grabbed a personal high of 12 rebounds against Florida A&M ... Passed season-high five assists versus FAMU ... Made nine steals against Georgia ... Named to the All-SEC Coaches’ First Team and AP Second Team All-SEC squad ... Started all four NCAA Tournament games for the Gamecocks averaging 13 points and over eight rebounds ... Named to the East All-Region team ... Scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the East Regional Final loss to Duke ... Recorded 19 points, eight rebounds and six steals in the victory over Drake in the East Regional semi-final contest ... Registered her second double-double of the season vs. Liberty with 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, which tied her career high from earlier in the 2001-2002 season.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (1999-2000)
Played in all 28 games and started 15 ... Led team in steals with 74, only two shy of USC’s sophomore record of 76 ... Third on team in scoring at 12.4 ppg and second in rebounding at 6.1 ppg ... Led team in scoring eight times and top rebounder in nine games ... Scored in double figures in 20 games ... Recorded a team-high three double-doubles ... Ranked first in the SEC in steals and 15th in rebounding ... Led USC to victory over SC State with a career-high 28 points ... Scored 23 points in the win over Florida Atlantic ... Led the USC scoring against Tennessee with 19 points off the bench ... Scored 18 points in the victory at Indiana ... Led the team in scoring at Georgia with 17 points, six boards and five steals ... Scored 16 points, grabbed seven boards, passed two assists and made three steals against Kentucky ... Made season-high nine steals against Coastal Carolina ... Grabbed six or more rebounds in 16 games.
FRESHMAN YEAR (1998-99)
Played in all 27 games and started 13 ... Second-leading scorer for USC at 13 ppg ... Led the SEC and USC in steals with 79 ... Scored in double figures in 19 games and recorded four double-double games ... Leading scorer in nine games and leading rebounder in four games ... Scored season-high 25 points against Central Florida with nine rebounds ... Scored 24 points against SC State and set a school and SEC record with 11 steals.
Graduated from Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Ga. ... Named Gwinnett County’s Player of the Year after her junior year ... MVP of the Tennessee-Georgia High School All-Star Game ... Named as both a Nike and Reebok All-American ... A two-time All-State selection ... Averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds and three steals per game as a senior ... Born September 10, 1979, in Tucker, Georgia ... Parents are Patricia Lester and Joseph Penn ... Father played basketball at the University of Oklahoma ... Has a twin brother, Joseph, and two older sisters, Nakia and Annie ... Calls her entire family her role models in basketball ... Favorite athlete of all time is her sister, Annie Lester, and calls her the toughest competitor she has ever faced ...Her most memorable basketball moment came during her freshman year at USC when she and her sister, Annie Lester, played together in a game ... Would love to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Women ... Favorite website is www.yahoo.com ... Named by her teammates as the team’s best dancer and she secretly would love to be back-up dancer for Nelly ... Goes by the nicknames of “Mama”, “JP” or “PJ” ... Most exciting sporting event she’s ever attended was a WNBA game this summer to watch former teammate Shaunzinski Gortman and the Minnesota Lynx ... Most memorable road trip last year was the team’s trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the NCAA “Sweet 16” ... Picked Regis & Kelly Live as the television show she’d like to guest star on ... Would like to work with kids if a professional basketball career doesn’t happen for her... Selected her jersey number, 45, because it was the next number after her sister’s 44 jersey number ... Majoring in sociology.
87 starts and 115 games played
Registered 1,903 points so far during her career (4th place in SC history)
Grabbed 785 rebounds in her four seasons
One of only 16 South Carolina women to ever score 1,000+ points and grab 500+ boards.
One of only six Gamecock players to score 1,000+ points, grab 500+ boards and make 200+ steals.
First on the all-time steals list in the SEC with 353 thefts - breaking Niesa Johnson's record of 351 (while at Alabama).
First on the all-time steals list at South Carolina with 353 thefts.
Has never been held without a point or a rebound in a game in her 115-game career.
Named to the Coaches' & Associated Press All-SEC First Team as a senior and the Coaches ' All-SEC First Team & AP All-SEC Second Team.
Honored as the 2002 South Carolina Amateur Athlete of the Year.