Physical, blue-collar post player who has been fiery emotional leader for Irish past three seasons ... relishes opportunity to mix it up in the paint on both ends of the floor ... does her best work on the glass, where she is coming off her highest output as a collegian ... showed tremendous mental toughness during 2005-06 season, playing entire campaign despite persistent pain in lower leg ... has recovered nicely during off-season while developing added dimensions to her offensive game, including a consistent perimeter shot.
JUNIOR SEASON (2005-06)
Appeared in all 30 games, starting 19 times ... averaged 4.7 ppg. and was second on team in rebounding with 5.1 rpg. ... had quality minutes in win at Western Michigan, finishing with seven points and five rebounds ... registered perfect shooting night at Indiana (3-3 FG, 3-3 FT), ending up with nine points and four rebounds despite picking up fourth foul with 13 minutes to play ... had seven rebounds in 20 minutes vs. No. 24/21 USC ... tallied seven points and 11 rebounds at #24/23 Purdue ... posted first double-digit scoring performance of the season with 12 points (4-8 FG), along with seven rebounds in Duel in the Desert title game vs. No. 22/21 Utah ... turned in blue-collar effort vs. No. 1 Tennessee with team-high seven rebounds ... notched second career double-double in BIG EAST opener at St. John's, winding up with 11 points (5-7 FG) and a career-best 12 rebounds ... logged 11 points and six rebounds (five offensive) against Seton Hall ... snared eight rebounds in overtime win over Marquette ...offered excellent production in win over No. 10 DePaul, registering 10 points (4-5 FG), six rebounds and career-high-tying four steals ... grabbed seven rebounds and hit two free throws with 41 seconds left in regulation that looked to be game-winners in OT loss vs. South Florida ... plucked eight rebounds in victory at Syracuse ... registered five points and team-high seven rebounds against No. 8/6 Connecticut ... had perfect shooting night at West Virginia, scoring 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 FT) ... collected team-high six rebounds in NCAA Tournament loss to Boston College.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2004-05)
One of team's most improved players, averaging 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 33 outings (17 starts) ... chalked up 10 points (5-7 FG) and added six rebounds in season opener vs. Illinois State ... grabbed four rebounds and turned momentum in team's favor with physical post play vs. No. 6 Duke ... rang up 12 points on a career-high 6-of-9 shooting in victory over Colorado State ... had successful homecoming to southern California with nine points (4-5 FG) in 19 minutes at USC ... made first career start at Valparaiso, scoring four points in 13 minutes ... erupted for 20 points (9-15 FG) and team-high three steals vs. No. 15 Michigan State ... snared six rebounds in victory at Dayton ... set new career high with 24 points (9-9 FG) and added seven rebounds in 34 minutes vs. Washington; her field goal percentage also tied Joyce Center record and matched second-best performance in school history ... collected eight rebounds in conference opener vs. Seton Hall ... pulled down seven rebounds against Syracuse ... scored team-high 11 points (3-6 FG, 5-6 FT) before fouling out in second half against No. 16 Connecticut ... grabbed nine rebounds in victory over No. 6/7 Rutgers ... registered first career double-double with 14 points and career-high 10 rebounds vs. St. John's ... tallied six points and two assists against West Virginia ... had solid BIG EAST Championship, averaging 6.0 points and 5.0 rebounds while making five of nine shots in two games ... picked off six rebounds in NCAA first-round victory vs. UC Santa Barbara.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2003-04)
Only freshman to play in all 32 games for the Irish (3.3 ppg., 2.1 rpg.) ... led Notre Dame freshmen in total minutes (353) ... scored first career point on free throw vs. Auburn ... made first career field goal and added three rebounds at Colorado ... scored four points (2-3 FG) and grabbed two rebounds vs. Valparaiso ... added three points at Michigan State ... contributed five points and five rebounds at Tennessee ... erupted for game- and season-high 13 points, including 7-of-8 free throws, and matched personal best with five rebounds vs. Dayton ... chipped in with five points against USC ... provided key support off bench at Colorado State, logging six points and four rebounds in 23 minutes ... tied her season high with five rebounds at Purdue ... chalked up six points and four rebounds at Georgetown ... went 3-3 from the field and scored seven points at Syracuse ... turned in solid all-around game with seven points (3-4 FG), three rebounds and two assists at Miami ... had four points and three rebounds in rematch vs. Georgetown ... made three of four shots and had six points at Seton Hall ... carded eight points and four rebounds against Providence ... scored nine points (3-3 FG, 3-4 FT) at Pittsburgh ... came away with three steals and two assists in rematch vs. Miami ... posted .511 field goal percentage (24-47) in BIG EAST games ... registered seven points, five rebounds, and season-high four steals while playing season-high 25 minutes in NCAA second round vs. Middle Tennessee ... dished out personal-best (and team-high) three assists in NCAA regional semifinal against Penn State.
Averaged 22.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game during her prep career at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. ... averaged double-doubles during her junior (24.9 ppg., 14.9 rpg.) and senior (21.2 ppg., 10.2 rpg.) seasons ... holds school records for career points (2,720), rebounds (1,630) and blocks (380), as well as single-season points (869) in 2002 ... Parade All-America Fourth Team (2003) ... WBCA Honorable Mention All-America (2003) ... McDonald's All-American (2003) ... Street & Smith's All-America (Third Team - 2002; Honorable Mention - 2001) ... USA Today Super 25 Preseason All-American (2003) ... USA Today Junior All-American (2002) ... adidas Top Ten Camp Underclass All-Star (2001), Upperclass All-Star (2002) ... Showtime Nationals All-American (2002) ... California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) 4AA Southern Section Player of the Year (2003) ... CIF 4AA All-State First Team (2002, 2003) ... Cal-Hi Sports Division IV All-State First Team (2002) ... Whittier Daily News Area Player of the Year (2002, 2003) ... attended 2002 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival as member of West Team.
Born Jan. 1, 1985 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. ... older of two children ... daughter of Natalie Thomas and Raymond Mayes ... is engaged to marry Jammel Boothe, a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton in California ... developed and has taken active role in mentoring program for young women at Dickinson Middle School in South Bend ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a double major in film/television/theater and computer applications ... some former Notre Dame players who wore No. 34 include Jane Politiski, Janice Crowe and Majenica Rupe.
2006: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team