Possesses great quickness and an ability to explode for the Terps on both offense and defense inside ... Melbourne spent the offseason working on her strength and finishing, two components she needs to add to complete her game ... a huge presence on the inside for Maryland, her wing-span adds to her blocking abilities … Melbourne begins the season in 10th place on Maryland’s all-time blocked shots list.
2000-01 Scored nine times in double digits ... had a double-double at Wake Forest (2/19) ... five of her double-digit scoring efforts came against ranked opponents ... her big night came at No. 22/22 NC State on Jan. 25 when she went 5-of-5 from the field, had three blocks, three assists, three rebounds and a steal ... was consistently among the Top 10 in the ACC in blocks ... averaged 1.0 bpg and 1.5 spg ... an athletic center with abundant potential ... attended NCAA National Leadership Conference.
1999-00 One of six Terrapins to appear in all 31 contests ... started 24 games while averaging 21.0 minutes ... tallied 5.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds ... team leader with 23 blocked shots and paced Terps in rebounds for most of the season ... registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards as the Terps faced Florida in a WNIT quarterfinal game ... chipped in 14 points with seven second-half rebounds in WNIT opener vs. Georgetown ... contributed a career-high 15 points in 16-point win at Clemson on Jan. 6 ... amassed a career-high 14 rebounds in the Terps’ Jan. 12 victory over Florida State ... her five blocked shots vs. Penn State were the most by a Maryland player since Monica Adams rejected five against Rutgers in 1994.
1998-99 Seven-game starter during seven early games before the return of Kelley Gibson and Tiffany Brown ... averaged 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds overall ... freshman campaign was a tale of two seasons—averaged 7.2 points and 6.1 rebounds through nine games with six starts and 24.7 minutes per game; averaged 0.7 points and 0.9 rebounds with one start and 4.3 minutes in 12 subsequent appearances ... had eight points and eight rebounds vs. No. 15 Rutgers ... collected 12 rebounds at Howard ... had at least six rebounds in four of first nine games.
Before Maryland Nike All-America selection out of Woodson High School where she ranked 16th out of 450 players ranked by the All-Star Girls Report … ranked the 40th top freshman in the country in Athlon’s annual preseason magazine … helped lead Woodson to a DCIAA championship and an appearance in the city title game at Cole Field House ... was an honorable mention All-Met selection by the Washington Post and a first team All-Inner High member ... played in several high school all-star games … MVP of DCIAA all-star game …averaged 15 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and four assists as a junior ... also lettered two years apiece in volleyball and track … high school record-holder in triple jump with distance of 38.5 feet … led volleyball team in kills as a senior … awarded the Wendy’s Heisman Trophy for athletic and academic achievement ... earned recognition as a Future’s 500 member ... signed early with the Maryland program in November 1997 ... high school coach was Bob Heldon.
Personal Born on Jan. 28, 1980 ... daughter of Keith Melbourne and Romaine Doster ... has a sister, Bonnie (20) ... has a daughter, Jordan (2) ... majoring in communication and African American studies ... active in student government and National Honor Society in high school.
Q: What is your favorite book? A: Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris
Q: What is one thing you have learned since coming to Maryland? A: How to balance academics and athletics.
Q: What is one thing few people know about you? A: I like to read.
Q: What are your plans after graduation? A: To play overseas and attend graduate school.
Q: Which teammate inspires you and why? A: Renneika, because she is the only female massage therapist I know.
POINTS 14 at Santa Clara, 12/27/00 13 vs. Clemson, 1/2/01 13 at Loyola, 11/21/00
FGM 7 at Santa Clara, 12/27/00
FGA 11 at Wake Forest, 2/19/01 11 vs. Clemson, 1/2/01
FG PCT 1.000 at NC State, 1/25/01 (5-5)
FTM 4 at Penn State, 12/5/00
FTA 10 vs. Virginia, 2/5/01 7 at Loyola, 11/21/00
FT PCT .750 vs. NC State, 3/3/01 (3-4) .750 at Clemson, 2/1/01 (3-4)
REBOUNDS 12 at Wake Forest, 2/19/01
ASSISTS 3 at NC State, 1/25/01 3 vs. Wagner, 11/25/00
STEALS 4 vs. Dayton, 11/29/00
BLOCKS 3 at NC State, 1/25/01 3 at Santa Clara, 12/27/00
MINUTES 36 vs. Virginia, 2/5/01 36 at NC State, 1/25/01