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#32 Danielle Ballard
Position: Guard
Height: 5'9"
Class: Junior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Memphis, Tenn.
High School: Memphis Central HS
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Born: 11/16/1993
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Danielle Ballard Bio
2013-14 Game-by-Game Log 2013-14 Game-by-Game Log
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 04/25/2014

HONORS & AWARDS
2014 All-SEC Preseason Second Team (Coaches)
2014 LSWA All-Louisiana Third Team
2013 Freshman All-America Third Team (Full Court)
2013 SEC All-Freshman Team
2013 SEC All-Defensive Team
2013 LSWA Louisiana Freshman of the Year
2013 LSWA All-Louisiana Second Team
2012-13 SEC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 26, Dec. 24, Jan. 7, Feb. 18, March 4)

CAREER
Ballard has started 54 of her 64 games in her career … Enters her junior season 170 points away from reaching 1,000 and 74 rebounds shy of reaching 500 for her career … Six of her Top 10 scoring performances have come against Top 25 opponents … Produced one of the most prolific freshman season’s in school history during the 2012-13 season where she shattered the LSU single-season steals record … Became the first player in program history -- men or women -- to collect 100 steals ... Also led the SEC in that category and was second among all SEC freshmen in scoring (12.1 PPG).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013-14)
Started 26 of her 30 appearances on the season and LSU’s final 23 games (Dec. 30-March 30) ... Season averages were 10.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game ... Secured 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals during season-opener versus Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 8) ... Compiled a terrific all-around effort with 12 points, nine rebounds and a career-best seven assists against Saint Joseph’s (Nov. 10) ... Secured 10 points which included the game-winning layup with 20 seconds left versus Michigan (Nov. 30) during the championship game of the Barclays Invitational ... Garnered seven points, eight rebounds and three assists at North Carolina State (Dec. 20) ... Nine of Ballard’s 15 double figure scoring efforts have come against SEC opponents ... Exploded a career-high tying 25 points and notched eight of her 11 field goals on layups at No. 5 Tennessee (Jan. 2) ... Also came away with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals versus the Lady Vols ... Garnered her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds against Florida (Jan. 12) ... Poured in a 23-point effort to go along with seven rebounds and five assists at No. 24 Vanderbilt (Jan. 19) ... Registered 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists at Ole Miss (Jan. 26) ... Held scoreless at No. 13 Kentucky (Feb. 2) ... Turned in 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists at No. 19 Texas A&M (Feb. 9) ... Added 11 points, six rebounds and two assists at Georgia (Feb. 20) ... Picked up 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists during LSU’s SEC Tournament win over Alabama (March 6) ... Recorded 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high tying seven assists against No. 6 Tennessee (March 7) ... Ballard’s 23.3 points per game were ninth, while her 14.0 rebounds per game were third in the NCAA Tournament rankings … Poured in 24 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and handed out four assists during LSU’s NCAA First Round win over Georgia Tech (March 23) ... Came away with 22 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in LSU’s NCAA Second Round victory over No. 7 West Virginia (March 25) … Pumped in 24 points and 10 rebounds at No. 4 Louisville (March 30) during NCAA Sweet 16 … The last LSU player to collect 20-plus points in three straight games was Theresa Plaisance from Nov. 25-Dec. 9, 2012.

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 … Amassed 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 … Poured in a then career-high 25 points which included the final 10 points of the first half to lead LSU past No. 12 West Virginia (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 Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team and named SEC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 26) … Joined the starting lineup versus North Carolina State (Dec. 2) … Scored 16 points in her first career start against the Wolfpack and drained a three-pointer from the top of the key off a steal she made at the first half buzzer ... Had one of the best freshman performances in LSU history against Grambling State (Dec. 21) where she scored 21 points and matched a then LSU freshmen record for steals with seven … The previous mark was held by 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 ... Pumped in 21 points aided by a 9-of-10 effort at the foul line versus McNeese State (Nov. 21) … Became the first LSU freshman with back-to-back 20-point games since Seimone Augustus at the 2003 SEC Tournament ... Provided 20 points on 10-of-12 from the floor in 24 minutes against UNO (Dec. 31) … Carried LSU to its first SEC win versus Ole Miss (Jan. 3) where she registered her first career double-double with 24 points and a then career-best 12 rebounds ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week for the third time (Jan. 7) ... Tallied eight points and four steals highlighted by the game-preserving one with 18 seconds remaining at Auburn (Jan. 31) ... In 36 minutes, grabbed a then career-high 15 rebounds against No. 9 Georgia (Feb. 10) ... Secured 19 points and four steals at Mississippi State (Feb. 17) ... Notched her second career double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds, versus Alabama (Feb. 28) … Added five steals during the Bama game to break the LSU freshman single-season record ... Became the first freshmen since Sylvia Fowles (2004-05) to record back-to-back double-doubles when she added 15 points and 11 rebounds at No. 13 Texas A&M (March 3) … Shattered the LSU single-season steals record with two and tallied 16 points along with six assists versus Green Bay (March 24) during her first career NCAA Tournament game ... Chipped in 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting against No. 6 California (March 30) in NCAA Sweet 16.

HIGH SCHOOL
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.

PERSONAL
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; two times; last: at No. 5 Tennessee; Jan. 2, 2014
Rebounds: 17; Georgia Tech; March 23, 2014 (NCAA Tournament 1st Round)
Field Goals: 12; at No. 4 Louisville; March 30, 2014 (NCAA Tournament Sweet 16)
FG Attempts: 25; two times; last: at No. 4 Louisville; March 30, 2014 (NCAA Tournament Sweet 16)
3-Pt Field Goals: 2; North Carolina State; Dec. 2, 2012
3-Pt FG Attempts: 4; at Georgetown; Nov. 19, 2012
Free Throws: 10; Georgia Tech; March 23, 2014 (NCAA Tournament 1st Round)
FT Attempts: 12; Georgia Tech; March 23, 2014 (NCAA Tournament 1st Round)
Assists: 7; two times; last: vs. No. 6 Tennessee; March 7, 2014 (SEC Tournament 2nd Round)
Steals: 7; Grambling State; Dec. 19, 2012
Blocks: 2; at No. 19 South Carolina; Jan. 17, 2013
Minutes: 41; at Missouri; Feb. 22, 2013 (OT)

BALLARD’S TOP 10 SCORING GAMES
Rank Points Opponent (Date)
1, 25, at No. 5 Tennessee (Jan. 2, 2014)
1, 25, vs. No. 12 West Virginia (Nov. 23, 2012)
3, 24, at No. 4 Louisville (March 30, 2014 – NCAA Tournament Sweet 16)
3, 24, Georgia Tech (March 23, 2014 – NCAA Tournament 1st Round)
3, 24, Ole Miss (Jan. 3, 2013)
6, 23, at No. 24 Vanderbilt (Jan. 19, 2014)
7, 22, No. 7 West Virginia (March 25, 2014 – NCAA Tournament 2nd Round)
7, 22, at No. 19 Texas A&M (Feb. 9, 2014)
9, 21, McNeese State (Dec. 21, 2012)
9, 21, Grambling State (Dec. 19, 2012)

 

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