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#24 Kelly Freeman
  • University of Florida (1996-00)
  • 6-1 * Forward
  • Brentwood, Tenn.
  • Brentwood High School

Kelly Freeman's versatility, knowledge of the game and fundamentals made her a key member of the Lady Gator squad... voted team co-captain of the 2000 squad by her teammates... played on the perimeter and in the paint... scheduled to earn her undergraduate degree in Exercise & Sports Science - Sport Management in August of 2000 following a summer internship.

Career Notes Ranked seventh all-time in total games played (118)... started 22 games... scored 296 points for a 2.5 ppg career average... collected 222 rebounds for an average of 1.9 rpg... shot 42.7% from the floor... 99 career assists... played in a UF postseason-record 12 games.

Senior Year (1999-2000) Appeared in 32 of 34 games, when she did not see action against Tennessee (March 3) in the quarterfinal loss of the SEC Tournament and at Mississippi State (Feb. 20)… played in a program-record 11th postseason game, logging 13 minutes during UF's WNIT semifinal win at Arkansas (March 25)... also saw six minutes of action in the WNIT final at Wisconsin (March 29)... scored nine points on 3-for-3 shooting against Maryland (March 21) in the WNIT quarterfinal win... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll… one of the first three post players off the bench… second-highest shooting percentage on the team (47.0%)... scored a season-high 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting effort in the win at California (Dec. 19)… snatched a season-high six rebounds against Western Kentucky (Dec. 28)… elected co-captain by her teammates… one double-figure scoring game this season.

Junior Year (1998-99) One of five Lady Gators to play in every game this season... earned 22 starting assignments… averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game… scored in all except six games… grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds at Colorado State (Nov. 19)… averaged over 17 minutes of playing time per game… scored a season-high nine points twice in back-to-back games: against Auburn (Jan. 14) and at South Carolina (Jan. 17)… played both the '3' and '4' positions this season.

Sophomore Year (1997-98) Kelly Freeman played the '3' and '4' positions during the season... saw action in 29 games - all but three this season: the season opener versus Florida State (Nov. 20), against Mississippi (Feb. 8), when she was suffering with an upper respiratory infection and the season finale versus Duke (March 21)... had the top free throw percentage on the team (88.0%, 22-of-25)... ended the season by successfully converting her last 14 free throws... broke the tip of her left thumb during practice in mid-January... tallied her first career double-figure scoring game at Georgetown (Dec. 7), when she contributed 13 points in 24 minutes during the 74-63 win…averaged 10.4 minutes off the bench.

Freshman Year (1996-97) The second post off the bench, behind senior Jackie Wright... had a solid nine-minute performance in the SEC Tournament semifinal upset over Alabama, when she guarded Dominique Canty for three straight possessions and held her scoreless, while collecting a pair of steals and completed a transition lay-up at the 8:46 mark of the second half to give UF a 66-62 lead... her Mom, Dad and brothers attend several road games... saw action in all but three games (Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt - was ill versus Vandy and did not suit up)... canned the first 3-pointer of her career (collegiate or high school) against North Texas (Dec. 6) where she tallied a career-high nine points... hit a second trey versus Florida International (Mar. 15) in the first round of the NCAA Championship.

High School Freeman was a two-sport standout for Brentwood High School, where she was recognized as a three-time All-District 9 Class 3A performer in both basketball and volleyball... on the hardcourt, she recorded 1,284 career points for a 14.2 average during her four-year career with the Bruins... also posted a career average of 6.9 rebounds, while shooting 52.4-percent from the floor... shot a school record 57% from the floor as a junior (1995), when she also contributed 18.6 points per game... led the team in scoring each of her four years... played AAU ball under Rick Insell and former Tennessee Lady Vol Tiffany Woosley... tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on June 10, 1995, which forced her to miss her entire senior volleyball season... as a middle blocker, she dominated the net, where she established the state record for blocks in a season (244) and set the high school mark of 90 solo blocks in one season... earned first team All-State volleyball honors as a junior... guided the Bruins to the volleyball state finals in 1992, '94 and '95, while reaching the semifinals in 1993... in 1992, the volleyball team logged a state-record 61 wins versus just eight losses... basketball coach was Ronnie Seigenthaler and volleyball coach was Barbara Campbell.


Freeman's Career Statistics
  TOTAL 3-POINTERS  
SEASON GP-GS MIN FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT
1996-97 24 0 183 14 45 .311 2 11 .182 9 16 .563
1997-98 29 0 301 24 55 .436 1 5 .200 22 25 .880
1998-99 33 22 579 36 80 .450 0 3 .000 27 55 .491
1999-00 32 0 454 31 66 .470 0 0 .000 25 46 .543
Totals 118 22 1517 105 246 .427 3 19 .158 83 142 .585
  REBOUNDS  
SEASON OFF-DEF TOT AVG PF-FO A TO B ST PTS AVG
1996-97 8 13 21 0.9 16 0 14 14 1 5 39 1.6
1997-98 15 25 40 1.4 33 0 19 26 0 6 71 2.4
1998-99 31 63 94 2.8 49 1 42 39 3 21 99 3.0
1999-00 36 31 67 2.1 31 0 24 21 1 6 87 2.7
Totals 90 132 222 1.9 129 1 99 100 5 38 296 2.5
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