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Melanie Johnson
Melanie Johnson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Barnwell, S.C.

High School:
Barnwell

Height:
6-1

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
12/23/1984

Experience:
2VL


Senior Year (2006-07)
Preseason second-team all-SEC honoree by the league's coaches .... Earned SEC Player of the Week honors after scoring 23 points, 19 of which came in the second half in Carolina's season-opening win over East Tennessee State ... Went on a 13-0 run by herself at one point of the second half to put the game away ... Her 23 points against the Lady Bucs came in 22 minutes played ... Enjoyed a similar performance against Florida, leading the Gamecocks to victory over the Gators with 22 points, 12 rebounds (seven offensive) and three steals in only 19 minutes of action ... Her 12 boards against Florida set a season high ... Led the Gamecocks to victory with 17 points and season-high-tying 12 rebounds against Kentucky ... Posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Carolina's win over Auburn at the SEC Tournament ... Grabbed 10 rebounds at NC State, then matched that total with 10 rebounds at UNC Wilmington ... Added 14 points at UNC Wilmington for her first double-double of the season ... Scored 18 points to lead all scorers in Carolina's 81-40 pounding of Hartford in the second round of the Women's NIT ... Grabbed nine rebounds in the Gamecocks' 80-48 win over in-state rival Clemson ... Scored 17 points (16 in the first half) and grabbed seven rebounds against High Point, going on a 10-1 run by herself to end the first half ... Scored 10 points in 10 minutes against Alabama ... Led the team with 14 points and nine rebounds at Vanderbilt.

Junior Year (2005-06)
Second-team all-SEC honoree emerged as Carolina's top player as the season went on ... Exploded in the Gamecocks' win over Florida in Gainesville, scoring a career-high 27 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, dishing out five assists and making three steals ... Turned in a 21-point, 10-rebound effort vs. Xavier in the WNIT ... Posted double-doubles in each of Carolina's last three games and in five of Carolina's last eight games ... Averaged 16.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in the last eight games of the year ... Led Carolina with a 14-point, 11-rebound effort vs. Auburn at the SEC Tournament ... Was the key player in Carolina's win over Ole Miss, posting a double-double with game-high totals of 17 points and 13 rebounds ... Posted another double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Vanderbilt ... Scored 19 points against Bethune-Cookman ... Scored 18 points in the Gamecocks' win at Mississippi State ... Added six rebounds and four blocked shots against the Lady Bulldogs as well ... Led Carolina to victory over Mississippi State in Columbia as well, scoring 16 points and grabbing five rebounds vs. the Lady Bulldogs in the rematch between the two teams ... Was a key figure in Carolina's win over Arkansas, scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds ... Turned in a 15-point, 13-rebound performance in the Gamecocks' win over Winthrop ... Set a season high with six steals against Longwood ... Made five steals against High Point, Ohio and Bethune-Cookman ... Scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds against Ohio ... Scored eight points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made four steals in 25 minutes played against Purdue ... Scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds against South Carolina State ... Her five assists in Carolina's win over Clemson marked a season high ... She matched that figure against Florida.

Sophomore Year (2004-05)
Exceptional athlete showed flashes of being a very good player ... Posted six double-doubles in her first year of competition at the college level ... All-tournament selection at the Carolina Classic, where she had a career night against Coastal Carolina, scoring 18 points, setting a Colonial Center record with 18 rebounds, dishing out seven assists, making five steals and blocking four shots ... Scored a career-high 19 points to go with 15 rebounds, five blocks and four steals against the College of Charleston ... Scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Ole Miss ... Was all over the floor against Florida A&M, tallying 15 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, seven steals and four blocked shots in only 25 minutes of action against the Lady Rattlers ... Matched a Colonial Center record with five blocked shots against Mississippi State in the SEC opener, then did it again versus the College of Charleston.

Freshman Year (2003-04)
Enrolled at South Carolina, but did not play basketball.

High School
Graduated from Barnwell High School in Barnwell, S.C. ... Joined the Barnwell varsity team while still in eighth grade ... Led the Warhorses to the regional championship during her last three years ... Street and Smith's Preseason All-American Honorable Mention her senior year ... Two-time South Carolina AA Player of the Year ... all-region performer all four years ... all-state selection 2001, 2002, 2003 ... Two time South Carolina AAA Player of the Year ... Invited to the adidasTop Ten All-American camp in the summer before her senior year of high school (2002) ... Ranked as the 95th-best player in the country by the All-Star Girls Report after her senior year ... Scored over 2,000 points during her career ... Averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds a game as a senior ... Contributed 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks per game as a junior ... In the region tournament during her eighth grade season, rallied the Lady Warhorses back from a 14-point deficit to defeat Wade Hampton ... Scored 19 points in the second half of that game ... Also lettered in tennis and track during her prep days at Barnwell.

Personal
Born Dec. 23, 1984, in Augusta, Ga. ... Full name is Melanie Lynn Johnson but is known to her friends as "Mel" ... Daughter of Wade Sr. and Peggy Johnson ... Has two sisters, LaToya, who is older, and younger sister, Kniccoa; and one older brother, Wade Jr., who played soccer for Union College (Barbourville, Ky.) ... Would like to be on the cover of "Sports Illustrated" ... Michael Jordan is the one athlete who inspired her but her mother, Peggy, is the person she most admires for being `the hardest-working person she knows' ... Favorite TV show is C.S.I. ... Says that most people don't know that she also played tennis in high school ... Favorite color is green ... Her best non-athletic talents include playing the trumpet and getting along with others ... Loves to swim and talk to her family when she has free time ... Favorite movie is "Love and Basketball" ... When it comes to her favorite food, it doesn't matter what it is, just as long as the dish is prepared by her mother ... Favorite dessert is cheesecake ... Her favorite place to visit is Myrtle Beach ... Would like to teach or coach basketball on the collegiate level but can also see herself working with children ... Majoring in sport and entertainment management.


Johnson's Career Stats
Points Per Game..... 9.0
Rebounds Per Game..... 6.3
Assists Per Game..... 1.3
Blocks Per Game..... 1.1
Steals Per Game..... 2.2
Field Goal Pct...... .477
Three-Point Pct...... .179
Free Throw Pct...... .603