2013 Freshman All-America Third Team
2013 SEC All-Freshman Team
2013 SEC All-Defensive Team
2013 LSWA Louisiana Freshman of the Year
2013 LSWA All-Louisiana Second Team
2013 SEC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 26, Dec. 24, Jan. 7, Feb. 18, March 4)
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13)
One of the most prolific freshmen in LSU history, shattering the school single-season record for steals with 100 … Played in 34 games with 28 starts … Posted 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game … Ranked second among all SEC freshmen in scoring and rebounding … Became the first LSU player to lead the SEC in steals since Marie Ferdinand in 2000 … Shattered Ferdinand’s single-season steals record and became the first LSU player – men or women – to tally 100 steals in a season … Ranked second nationally among all freshmen in steals … Scored in double-figures 21 times and had three double-doubles … Secured the most SEC Freshman of the Week honors in school history with five … Named a third-team Freshman All-American by Full Court … Came off the bench the first five games before joining the starting lineup vs. NC State on Dec. 2 … Poured in a game-high 25 points, including the final 10 of the first half, to lead LSU past No. 12 West Virginia on Nov. 23 ... Finished 10-of-16 from the floor, while collecting five steals and eight rebounds against the Mountaineers ... After posting a combined 38 points in two games, was named to the FIU Classic all-tournament team and named SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 26 ... Scored 16 points in her first career start against NC State on Dec. 2, including a buzzer-beating three from the top of the key off a steal she made to end the first half ... Had one of the best freshman performances in LSU history on Dec. 19 vs. Grambling, scoring 21 points on a career-high 10 field goals while tying an LSU freshman record for steals in a game with seven ... Tied the mark of Joyce Walker who had seven steals against Southeastern Louisiana on Feb. 12, 1981 ... The seven steals also tied for fifth overall in LSU single-game annals ... Drained a career-high 9-of-10 free throws as part of her second consecutive 21-point game in comeback win over McNeese State on Dec. 21 ... Became the first LSU freshman with back-to-back 20-point games since Seimone Augustus at the 2003 SEC Tournament ... Tied a season-high with 10 made field goals to go along with 20 points and only two missed shots in 24 minutes against UNO on Dec. 31 ... Carried LSU to its first SEC win on Jan. 3 against Ole Miss, recording her first career double-double with 24 points and a career-best 12 rebounds ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week for the third time on Jan. 7 ... Tallied eight points and four steals, including the game-preserving one with 0:18 at Auburn on Jan. 31 ... In 36 minutes, grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against No. 9 Georgia on Feb. 10 ... Scored a game-high 19 points and collected four more steals to lead LSU over Mississippi State on Feb. 17 ... Had her second career double-double and first in an SEC game with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Alabama on Feb. 28 ... In that same game, recorded five steals to break the LSU freshman single-season record ... Became the first freshman since Sylvia Fowles (2004-05) to record back-to-back double-doubles with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds at No. 13 Texas A&M on March 3 ... Shattered the LSU single-season steals record with two while scoring 16 points and a career-high-tying six assists in her first career NCAA Tournament game on March 24 against Green Bay.
A versatile guard and scorer ranked among the best in the nation … Tabbed as the No. 25 overall high school player in America by ESPN Hoop Gurlz and the No. 7 ranked guard … As a junior, led Memphis Central to its first Class 3A state championship in 89 years after averaging 13.0 points, 3.3 assists and 3.8 steals per game … Memphis Central finished with a 29-9 mark and a No. 11 national ranking in the ESPN Fab 50 poll in 2011 … Invited to compete at the USA Basketball U17 Team Trials in the summer of 2011 … Coached by Niki Bray.
Full name is Danielle Yvette Ballard … Born on Nov. 16, 1993, in Shelby County, Tenn. … Daughter of Blanche Ballard and Danny Nolen … Has three siblings – Danny, Darian and Daniel … Major is interdisciplinary studies.
BALLARD’S CAREER HIGHS
Points, 25, vs. West Virginia; Nov. 23, 2012
Rebounds, 15, vs. Georgia; Feb. 10, 2013
Field Goals, 10, three times; last vs. UNO; Dec. 31, 2012
FG Attempts, 19, vs. Ole Miss; Jan. 3, 2013
3-Pt Field Goals, 2, vs. NC State; Dec. 2, 2012
3-Pt FG Attempts, 4, at Georgetown; Nov. 19, 2012
Free Throws, 9, vs. McNeese State; Dec. 21, 2012
FT Attempts, 10, vs. McNeese State; Dec. 21, 2012
Assists, 6, twice; last vs. Green Bay; March 24, 2013 (NCAA)
Steals, 7, vs. Grambling; Dec. 19, 2012
Blocks, 2, at South Carolina; Jan. 17, 2013
Minutes, 41, at Missouri; Feb. 22, 2013 (OT)