Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year (2001-02)
Played a vital role in the most successful four-year run in the history of the women's basketball program, helping lead the Cougars to a combined record of 88-38 (.698) and two postseason appearances... one of the top defenders all-time at Houston... ranks first in program history with 120 career starts, second in minutes played (3,954), third in steals (322), fifth in games played (124) and defensive rebounds (414) and eighth in assists (298).
Averaged 5.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game to help lead Houston to a record-breaking season that saw the Cougars post a 28-4 record and claim the C-USA regular season and tournament titles en route to the NCAA Tournament Second Round... tallied 14 points off a 4-of-6 effort from beyond the arc to help lead Houston to a road victory over Alabama on Jan. 3... posted 15 points and seven rebounds two games later against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... went off for 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals in a big win over No. 11 DePaul on Feb. 20... tallied 10 points against No. 17 TCU on Feb. 27 as the Cougars clinched the C-USA regular season title... helped lead Houston to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win with 11 points and three assists against Wisconsin-Green Bay on March 20.
Averaged 6.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals and a team-leading 2.8 assists per game for the Cougars... led the Houston defense with six steals and was 3-6 from behind the arc in the season-opening loss to Ball State... also had 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in the contest...added seven points, seven rebounds and four assists in win over Wofford on Nov. 23... chipped in 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds in Nov. 29 win over Northern Iowa... went 6-9 from the floor to score a career-high 16 points and five steals in Dec. 1 win over Sam Houston State... shot 50 percent from the floor, posting eight points against UTEP on Dec. 4... had an all-around solid game Dec. 6 against Florida, posting seven assists, six points and five rebounds... pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and scored seven points in Dec. 20 win over No. 20 Georgia... pitched in 10 points and six rebounds against Alabama on Jan. 4... remained consistent against Oral Roberts, contributing six points and six rebounds... led defensive force against TCU at home, totaling a career-high nine steals in 64-50 win... pulled down seven rebounds and added three assists in loss to Louisville... had an all-around solid game vs. Cincinnati, chipping in 10 points - including 2-3 from behind the arc - five rebounds, four assists and three steals... had a game-high five steals and nine points against Charlotte... fell just short of a double-double against East Carolina, adding 11 points and nine rebounds in the Jan. 26 win... had a team-high 11 rebounds and four steals in Feb. 9 loss at TCU... was 3-4 from the floor and 2-2 from the charity stripe for 10 points and added two steals against South Florida... had a game-high five steals and added five rebounds and four assists in March win over UAB.
Houston's leading defensive threat on the court, she became the first Lady Cougar to be coined the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in winning the award in 2002 . . . Ranked sixth in conference in steals while helping the Lady Cougars' limit their opponents to 64.3 points per game . . . Saw 34 minutes of action vs Miami on March 16 in the WNIT second round . . . Was 3-for-4 from the field for seven points, had two steals and two rebounds . . . Returned to the court March 13 in Houston's first round WNIT game vs Rice after missing the C-USA semifinal game with a sprained ankle . . . Limited to 19 minutes of action and had five rebounds . . . Suffered a sprained ankle in Houston's win over Charlotte in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament on March 2 . . . Had three steals, three assists and seven boards in 24 minutes of action before the injury . . . Was second on the team with 88 steals, third with 69 assists and second with 201 total rebounds -- 125 of which are defensive -- for a career-best 6.1 per-game average . . . Pulled down double digits in boards six times, including a career-high 14 in the regular season finale vs DePaul on Feb. 24 . . . Currently tied for fifth among Lady Cougar all-time career leaders averaging 2.4 steals per game . . . Has stolen the ball from oppponents a total of 156 times in 65 games in her first two seasons at Houston . . . Currently ranks 10th all-time for career steals . . . Scored a career-high 13 points twice, vs Marquette on Feb. 16 and at Saint Louis on Feb. 15 . . . Closed out the regular season among C-USA leaders in all games and league games alone in rebounding (17th) and steals (6th) . . . Had a combined eight steals in both of Houston's games in the MSU Classic Dec. 15-16 . . . Started 33 of 34 games for an average of 32.3 minutes per game . . . She led the Lady Cougars with 40 steals in 16 C-USA games in 2000-01. . . Was ranked fourth in C-USA (all games) averaging 2.1 steals per contest and was third in C-USA games with an average of 2.44 steals per game.
Pulled down a combined 12 rebounds and had four steals in both games of the C-USA Tournament . . . A strong defensive player, she was tied with teammate Jessica Shanklin in leading Houston with 66 total steals on the year for an average of 2.13 per game . . . She led the team with 40 steals in 16 C-USA games . . . Her 18 blocks were second-most on the team . . . She was fourth on the squad among her teammates with 130 total rebounds on the year, and of her 130 boards, 82 were defensive, the second-highest defensive rebound total on the team . . . 72 of her 130 total rebounds came in 16 C-USA games . . . Matched her career high in pulling down eight boards at UAB on Feb. 25 . . . Shot 3-of-6 on the afternoon and was 3-for-4 from the charity stripe for 10 points . . . Also nailed a three-pointer . . . Also pulled down a career-high eight rebounds vs DePaul on Feb. 18 . . . Ended the season ranked fourth in C-USA (all games) averaging 2.11 steals per game and was third in C-USA games with an average of 2.44 steals per game . . . Shot .630 (29-46) from the charity stripe this season . . . Scored in double figures in four of her last ten games of the year . . . Appeared in all 32 games for the Lady Cougars, including 29 starts, and averaged 28.6 minutes of action per game . . . Scored six points vs McNeese State on Nov. 17 in her Division I debut . . . Saw 26 minutes of action hitting 3-of-7 from the field and pulling down six rebounds.
Played for South Sioux City High School . . . Averaged 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game . . . Holds the South Sioux City High record for steals . . . Shot 50 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point territory . Named to the girls' Super State first team and a four-time Class B all-stater . . . Holds the South Sioux City High School record in steals . . . Averaged 4.8 steals and 4.4 assists per game her senior year . . . Has been called one of the best defensive players ever seen in Nebraska . . . Also participated in track and volleyball.
Born on October 3, 1981, in South Sioux City, Neb. . . . Parents are Donna and Doyle Kelly . . . Nicknames are "Nikki" and "Oli" . . . Hobbies include playing volleyball, shopping and eating . . . Also recruited by UNC and Wyoming.