Averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 rebounds during junior season, ranking second on squad in both categories ... Started 29 of 30 contests, missing start versus Louisiana Tech (1/25) and averaging just over 25 minutes per game ... Ranked first on team in field goal percentage at .544 ... Grabbed team-high 84 offensive rebounds, almost three per contest ... Finished 12th in conference in scoring and rebounding ... Ranked eighth in league in offensive rebounds ... Finished third in offensive rebounds in Sun Belt games only, grabbing 3.25 per contest ... Led MT in rebounding 12 times during season, including season-high 11 versus Lipscomb (12/17) ... Had pair of double-doubles, with 18 points and 11 boards versus Lipscomb and 11 points and 10 rebounds at Louisiana Tech (2/15) ... Scored in double figures 21 of 30 contests, including stretch of 11 straight in January and February ... Averaged 12.4 ppg in Sun Belt action, shooting .568 from field ... Hit for double figures in opening three games of season ... Scored season-high 22 points in three-point loss to Xavier (12/15) in Nashville, hitting 8-of-13 from field ... Also dished out season-high three assists versus Xavier ... First of two double-doubles came in next game versus Lipscomb ... Went four of next five games without double figures, including season-low four points twice ... Set season and career-highs in free throws (9) and free throw attempts (11) versus Arkansas State (1/4) ... Reeled off 11 straight double figure games from 1/8 to 2/15 ... Had career-high three steals in a contest four times during season.
Named Honorable Mention All-OVC after averaging 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, including 13.4 ppg in conference play ... Finished second in league in field goal percentage at .548 and fourth in rebounding ... Also ranked third in league in offensive rebounds per game with 2.79 ... Started 26 of 29 contests during season, 17 of 18 in OVC ... Led squad in scoring five times, including career-high 26 points against Eastern Kentucky (2/3) ... Also led team in rebounds 11 games, including four double-digit contests ... Four contests led MT in both scoring and rebounding: 21 points, 6 rebounds vs. Southeast Missouri (12/4); 15 points, 10 rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky (1/6); 18 points, 10 rebounds vs. Eastern Illinois (1/18); 26 points, 10 rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky (2/3) ... Accounted for four double-doubles during campaign ... Had pair of four-game stretches with consecutive double figures in points ... Made career-high 10 field goals versus Southeast Missouri (12/4) ... Also took career-high 19 shots at Tennessee Tech (1/15) ... Tied career-high, grabbing 12 boards at Murray State (1/27) ... Dished out career-high four assists versus Southeast Missouri (2/29).
Redshirted after tearing ACL in fall workouts, missing entire season.
Named OVC Freshman of the Year and All-Freshman team honoree after averaging 9.5 ppg and 6.0 rebounds ... Scoring average was 10.8 ppg in OVC games ... Played in all 30 games with 11 starts ... Finished second on squad in rebounding and third in scoring ... Named Rookie of the Week twice during season (12/1 & 2/9) ... Led squad in scoring five times, including season-high 21 in one-point overtime loss to Eastern Kentucky (1/26) ... Squad compiled 5-1 mark when she led in scoring ... Also led MT in rebounding 11 times, including trio of double figure games ... Lone double-double of season came in 15-point, 12-board contest versus Montevallo (11/29) ... Twelve rebounds against Montevallo set career-high ... Earned first Rookie of the Week honor after Montevallo performance ... Had stretch during middle of season with 11 of 15 games in double figures scoring ... Set career-high with 33 minutes against Tennessee Tech (1/14) ... Second Rookie of the Week honor came after consecutive 14-point outings against Murray State (2/2) and Southeast Missouri (2/7), an honor she shared with teammate Kelly Chastain.
Lettered four years at Hephzibah HS for Wendell Lofton in Augusta, Ga. ... Averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding her sophomore through senior years, with 17 points and 14 boards per game as senior ... Averaged 10 points and 10 boards as sophomore and 14 points and 13 rebounds as junior ... Named All-Region three years and First Team All-County and All-Region as senior ... Also voted Honorable Mention All-State as senior ... Selected to play in North-South All-Star game in Columbus, Ga. ... Also earned two letters in track, setting region record in discus ... Selected Middle Tennessee over East Tennessee, South Carolina State, Houston, Clark Atlanta and Augusta State.
Joanne O. Aluka ... Daughter of John and Rose Aluka ... Born April 26, 1977 ... Majoring in Physical Education/Wellness & Exercise ... Will graduate in December and begin work on Master's or Teacher's Liscensure in Spring.