#32 Breona Gray
Energetic veteran guard who has blossomed into integral part of Notre Dame lineup during her career … has been starter for better part of the past two seasons … known more for her strong defensive abilities and often draws assignment of opponent[apos]s primary backcourt threat … quickness has made her not only a threat on defense, but in transition as well … after slow start to career, has developed a reliable offensive game that includes long-range arsenal as well as slashing drives through the lane … even-keeled demeanor makes her a solid on-court leader for the Irish in 2006-07.
JUNIOR SEASON (2005-06)
Played in all 30 games (22 starts), averaging 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game … had six points (4-4 FT) in season opener vs. Michigan … added six points in victory at Western Michigan … was key factor in win at Indiana, replacing injured Tulyah Gaines early in first half and going on to score 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3FG); 10 of her markers came in first half … made first start of the season vs. No. 24/21 USC, collecting career-high eight rebounds and matching personal standard with three steals … had seven points at Wisconsin, including three-pointer that put Irish ahead to stay with 6:03 left, and had critical offensive rebound of missed FT with 21 seconds remaining to settle matters … enjoyed successful homecoming at Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas — scored 12 points in opening-day win over Arkansas State; came back with 11 points, including two early three-pointers, in Gray Division title victory vs. No. 22/21 Utah … scored five points and grabbed two rebounds at Louisville … returned to double figures with 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-3 3FG) vs. No. 10 DePaul; also hit three-pointer to ignite 20-1 second-half run … tallied two points, four assists and two steals at Georgetown; second theft came with 14.9 seconds left and Irish leading by two …back in the lineup at No. 10/9 Rutgers, finishing with eight points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3FG); second trey with 16:07 left in game capped 23-8 run that pulled Irish within four … turned in solid shooting day vs. Providence with 10 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3FG, 2-2 FT) …snared six rebounds (second-highest total of season) at No. 17/15 DePaul … got back into double digits with 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-2 3FG) against No. 8/6 Connecticut.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2004-05)
Started all 33 games, averaging 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game … came up with four points, six rebounds and career-high three steals in victory over Illinois State … piled up 12 points and career-high tying seven rebounds vs. Nebraska … had six points vs. No. 6 Duke … six rebounds and three assists vs. No. 10/9 Ohio State (third six-rebound game in four Preseason WNIT outings) … canned first career three-point field goal in win over Colorado State … buried clutch jumper with shot clock winding down in final minute to help seal win at USC … collected six points and three rebounds in victory at Valparaiso … distributed four assists in career-best 35 minutes against No. 15 Michigan State … rolled up 12 points (all in second half) in win at Dayton … scored 11 points (5-6 FG) and grabbed five rebounds in 31 minutes vs. Washington … erupted for career-high 17 points (6-12 FG) and tied personal best with seven rebounds vs. Syracuse … dished out career-best five assists and knocked down second career three-pointer against No. 20 Purdue … put up eight points and three assists vs. St. John[apos]s … contributed eight points (including 2 FT in final second) and five rebounds in win at No. 9/10 Connecticut … added eight points (4-5 FG) at Providence … nailed two important free throws with 23 seconds remaining in win at No. 25/22 Boston College … notched six points and five rebounds in regular-season finale at Seton Hall … returned to double figures with 11 points (3-4 FG, 5-6 FT) and six rebounds in BIG EAST quarterfinal victory vs. West Virginia … registered 10 points (4-8 FG) and had key steal and breakaway layup with 2:24 left to help clinch NCAA first-round victory over UC Santa Barbara.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2003-04)
Appeared in 29 games for the Irish, averaging 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game … saw four minutes vs. Auburn and grabbed two rebounds … dented scoreboard for first time with four points in five minutes at Michigan State … played eight minutes at Tennessee, pulling down two rebounds … connected on three of four free throws in seven minutes vs. Wisconsin … turned in strong all-around effort with nine points (4-8 FG) and five rebounds in 25 minutes vs. Dayton … carded five points and four rebounds against USC … notched four points and five rebounds at Colorado State … grabbed season-best six rebounds against Marquette … had four points and two rebounds at Purdue … added three points and two steals at Georgetown … logged two points and two rebounds in 22 minutes vs. Villanova … scored four points at Miami … had four points on perfect shooting night (1-1 FG, 2-2 FT) in second Georgetown matchup … logged first career blocked shot at Seton Hall … picked up two points and two rebounds at Pittsburgh … collected five points (2-2 FG) in second meeting with Miami … erupted for season-high 11 points in the regular-season finale vs. Syracuse, knocking down all four of her shots from the field — seven of her points came in a game-clinching 9-4 run early in the second half.
Averaged 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during her prep career at Bishop Gorman High School, including 17 ppg. and 6.8 rpg. as a senior … four-time all-state selection (first team – 2001; honorable mention – 2000, 2002, 2003) … leading scorer in southern Nevada as sophomore in 2001 (21.7 ppg., 521 points) … 2003 Sunset League MVP … one of three players in school history to score more than 1,600 career points … guided team to state semifinals three times in four-year career … also an accomplished track star, winning Nevada state championship in 400-meter run in 2002 after placing second in same event in 2001.
Born Jan. 2, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nev. … older of two children … daughter of Dedra Edmond and Edward Gray, Jr. … joins junior Tulyah Gaines as first Nevada residents ever to play for Notre Dame … cousin, Vanesha Bailey, played soccer at the University of Arizona … mother, Dedra Edmond, is a blackjack dealer at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas … spent time as volunteer coach for Nevada Special Olympics, as well as Candlelighters Children[apos]s Cancer Center … classmate at Bishop Gorman High School with current Notre Dame senior women[apos]s tennis players Catrina and Christian Thompson … spent summer 2006 as a marketing/promotions intern with the Elkhart Express, an expansion team in the International Basketball League (team won IBL title and led league in attendance) … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a double major in sociology and computer applications … team representative on Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and school representative on BIG EAST SAAC … some former Notre Dame players who wore No. 32 include Jane Politiski, Comalita Haysbert and Julie Henderson.
2006: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.
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