#33 Melissa D'Amico
Valuable post player who has displayed steady growth throughout college career … works from solid fundamental base … can play with back to basket or extend defense with mid-range jumper … strong presence on defensive back line as shot blocker … among hardest-working players during offseason workouts … seeking consistent output on nightly basis … attended Pete Newell Tall Women[apos]s Camp in summer 2006 … added experience and maturity give her chance to emerge as one of better posts in BIG EAST Conference.
Junior Season (2006-07)
Started 29 of 32 games, ranking fourth on team in scoring (8.0 ppg.) and rebounding (4.6 rpg.), with 0.94 blocks per game and .524 field goal percentage (led team/sixth in BIG EAST) … improved by nearly 25 percent at foul line from sophomore year (.787) … scored 16 points (5-8 FG, 6-6 FT) vs. Central Michigan, despite being limited to 15 minutes due to foul trouble; was second ‘point-a-minute’ game of career … registered 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-4 FT) and seven rebounds, along with career-best three assists against Western Michigan … almost perfect from field vs. Richmond, going 6-of-7 and scoring 15 points … recorded second career double-double with 15 points (6-11 FG) and 10 rebounds in personal-best 35 minutes vs. Indiana … tied career highs with 20 points (8-10 FG) and three blocks against IUPUI … collected 12 points and eight rebounds in victory at Valparaiso … posted third consecutive double-digit scoring game (and fourth in five games) with 17 points in 18 minutes vs. Prairie View A&M … scored team-high 13 points (5-9 FG) and grabbed seven rebounds in overtime loss at USF … logged second double-double of year (third career) with 10 points and career-high 11 rebounds vs. St. John[apos]s … registered 10 points (4-6 FG) at No. 17/18 Marquette … turned in highly-productive night off bench at Villanova, scoring 15 points (7-11 FG) in 18 minutes … returned to starting lineup at Providence and came through with 11 points … carded third consecutive double-digit scoring night with game-high 15 points (6-8 FG) and team-best seven rebounds in victory over Georgetown … collected seven points and eight rebounds in NCAA Tournament opener vs. California.
Sophomore Season (2005-06)
Played in all 30 games, starting 17 times (first career starting assignments) … averaged 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game with eight double-figure scoring nights … second on team and eighth in BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.17 bpg.), as well as second on squad in field goal percentage (.468) … made first career start in season opener vs. Michigan, recording second-ever double-digit scoring night with 10 points and seven rebounds … turned in first career double-double vs. No. 24/21 USC, logging 13 points (6-10 FG) and 10 rebounds … nearly had second consecutive double-double with 10 points and team-high eight rebounds against Iona … had another solid outing at Wisconsin with 11 points (3-5 FG) and eight rebounds … registered her best weekend as a collegian at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, earning Gray Division MVP honors after averaging 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds with .824 field goal percentage (14-of-17) as Irish won championship … dropped in career-high 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting in only 18 minutes against Arkansas State … came back with team-high 13 points (4-5 FG) and seven rebounds in title game vs. No. 22/21 Utah … tallied 10 points (4-7 FG) against Valparaiso … enjoyed strong performance at St. John[apos]s, finishing with team-high 14 points (7-10 FG) and six rebounds … came off bench for the first time at Louisville, contributing eight points (4-7 FG) and six rebounds … collected 10 rebounds in win at Georgetown.
Freshman Season (2004-05)
Appeared in 26 games, averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest … scored first collegiate basket on putback and grabbed season-high five rebounds against Illinois State … had three points and tied season high with five rebounds in victory over Nebraska …notched two points and two rebounds, while playing strong post defense in Preseason WNIT title game vs. No. 10/9 Ohio State …tallied three points and blocked a shot against Colorado State … registered five points (including old-fashioned three-point play) in win at USC …played 13 minutes (two points) at Valparaiso …had blocked shot and two rebounds in three minutes vs. No. 15 Michigan State …turned in best night of young career at Dayton with season highs of 12 points, 6-8 FG and 19 minutes played … rang up season-high three blocked shots at Northern Illinois …had two points and a rebound in conference debut vs. Seton Hall …scored four points and grabbed two rebounds against Syracuse …contributed four points (2-3FG) in four minutes vs. No. 16/13 Boston College …added three points and two rebounds in 12 minutes at Pittsburgh …canned nifty reverse layup and chalked up a block and assist vs. West Virginia …had two points and a rebound in NCAA Tournament first-round victory vs. UC Santa Barbara.
Averaged 20.7 points per game as senior, ranking seventh on Long Island and tops among Long Island seniors … fifth-team all-state selection (2004) … four-time all-League 1 pick (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) … all-Suffolk County honoree (2004) … averaged 16.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game while scoring in double digits in every game as junior … attended 2003 adidas Top Ten Camp and was subsequently singled out by USA Today for its ‘Stock on the Rise’ list … competed in inaugural adidas/EA Sports Superstar Game (2004) … played on Long Island Renegades AAU team that finished 17th at 2002 AAU national championship … played on all-star team that traveled to China and took on several Chinese professional teams in August 2002 … ranked 47th by All-Star Girls Report and 91st by Blue Star Index … also played on tennis team in high school, lettering all four years at No. 1 doubles.
Born May 10, 1986 in Brookhaven, N.Y. … younger of two children … daughter of Joann and Lenny D[apos]Amico … seventh Notre Dame player to come from state of New York and first since Staten Island native Diana Braendly (1995-99) … at 6-foot-5, tallest player on this year[apos]s Irish roster; also matches Ruth Riley (1997-2001), Majenica Rupe (1989-93) and Beth Morrison (1986-87) as tallest players in Notre Dame women[apos]s basketball history … enrolled in the College of Science as science-business major … some former Notre Dame players who wore No. 33 include Rupe, Shari Matvey, Rosanne Bohman and 2001 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner (and current Irish assistant coach) Niele Ivey.
2007: BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Dec. 18). 2006: Duel in the Desert (Gray Division) Most Valuable Player … BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week (Dec. 19).
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