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#55 Vanessa Hayden
  • University of Florida 2000-2004
  • 6-4 * Center
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Boone HS

2004 Kodak/WBCA All-American Finalist
2004 Associated Press Second Team All-American
2004 John Wooden Awards Finalist
2004 SEC Defensive Player of the Year
2004 First Team All-SEC (Unanimous media team selection)

Vanessa Hayden was one of the most dominating and physically imposing collegiate post players in the country … 84-inch wing span ... named a 2002 & 2004 WBCA Kodak District 3 All-American, a 2004 Associated Press Second Team All-American ... 2002 & 2003 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and a 2002 & 2004 First Team All-SEC selection ... recorded only the second triple-double in UF history, when she contributed 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in the win over Kent State (Dec. 29, 2001) … led the country in 2002 with 126 blocked shots, and ranked fourth nationally in rebounding (11.8 pg) … invited to the 2003 USA Women's National Team Trials, but declined due to conflicts with her summer class schedule … one of the last four players who were cut from the 2002 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Qualifying Team in July of 2002... nickname is "Big V" ... her her degree in May 2005 in Family, Youth & Community Sciences ... selected by the Minnesota Lynx as the seventh overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft on April 17, 2004.

Career Notes Single Game Highs: Pts- 36 vs. Oakland, 11/16/01; Rbs- 20 vs. Arkansas, 2/21/02; Ast- 6 vs. Alabama, 1/29/04; Stl- 4 vs. Tennessee, 2/11/01; Blk- 10 vs. Kent State, 12/29/01; Min- 38 vs. Wisconsin, 11/25/01; FG- 17 vs. Oakland, 11/16/01; FGA- 25-2x last at Ole Miss, 1/8/04; 3FG- 0; 3FGA- 0; FT- 10 vs. SC, 1/22/04; FTA- 14-2x last vs. SC, 1/22/04; Dbl Fig Scoring Games- 80 in Career; 20-point Games-23 in Career; Dbl Fig Reb Games- 57 in Career; Double-Doubles- 50 in Career; Triple-Doubles- 1 in Career

Additional Career Statistical Info Became 17th Gator to score 1,000 career points and the eighth-fastest to reach the plateau, netting the milestone in her 77th game … only fifth Gator ever to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds … holds UF's all-time blocked shot record with 357, a total that also ranks third all-time in SEC history … in UF record book upon graduation ranks seventh all-time for scoring (1,576) and fifth for rebounding (1,105) … 80 double-figure scoring games ... 57 double-figure rebounding games ... 50 double-doubles ... 1 triple-double … had blocked at least one shot in 53 consecutive games (streak ended during 2003 season).

Senior Year (2003-04)
Awards: Kodak/WBCA Region 3 All-American ... John R. Wooden Player of the Year and All-America Team Finalist (16 players) ... SEC Defensive Player of the Year ... First Team All-SEC (Coaches' and Media teams) ... Associated Press Second Team All-American ... Became third All-Time Leading Shot Blocker in SEC History … One of 21 candidates for The State Farm Wade Trophy … Midseason Candidate for John R. Wooden Player of the Year … Set UF record for most career SEC Player of the Week honors (five) ... SEC Player of the Week (March 1) ... SEC Player of the Week (Dec. 15) … Boston University Invitational MVP … SEC's candidate for WBCA National Player of the Month (December & February) … Preseason First Team All-SEC ... team tri-captain.

Starting center every game, averaged 27.4 minutes …had one of the best statistical seasons ever recorded by a Gator senior (second highest scoring & rebounding averages; most blocks and free throw attempts) ... scored in double-figures in all but two games (at Oakland, at LSU) … led UF in scoring, rebounding, blocks and double-doubles … leds the SEC (all games) in rebounding, blocks and doubles-doubles, while ranking third in scoring … nationally ranked 15th in rebounding, seventh in blocks per game and 29th in scoring … only SEC player who averaged a double-double … one of three Gators (Tashia Morehead & Danielle Santos) who scored in every game … recorded 15 of her team-high 17 points in the second half during UF's NCAA First Round victory over New Mexico (March 20), also grabbing 10 rebounds in the win ... led all scores in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinal game against Georgia, netting 26 points with 12 rebounds in another dominating post performance ... named SEC Player of the Week on March 1 after leading UF to wins over No. 19 Georgia and No. 18 Auburn, totaling 40 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks ... topped the 1,500-point plateau during the regular season finale, scoring a game-high 22 points with six blocks in the upset win at No. 18 Auburn (Feb. 29) ... during the first 18 seconds of UF's game against Alabama (January 29) became the only the fifth Gator to collect 1,000 career points and rebounds … with seven swats at Temple (January 2), she moved into third place all-time in SEC history for blocked shots, passing Georgia's Georgia's Katrina McClain who collected 290 blocks in 125 games … had a monster game against 15th-ranked UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 14), where she totaled 31 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks en route to being named the SEC Player of the Week the following day … 28 double-figure scoring games … 14, 20-point scoring games … 18 double-figure rebounding games … 17 double-doubles.

Junior Year (2002-03) Played in 18 games of 28 games, earning 16 starts ... named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American … started the first eight games of the year before fracturing her left fibula and spraining her left ankle with 18:34 remaining in the game at N.C. State (Dec. 7) … missed the next 10 games because of the injury, during which UF's posted a 3-7 record and was outrebounded by 7.9 per game ... UF led with 38-29 against N.C. State prior to Hayden's injury, but the Gators couldn't overcome her departure and lost 81-77 … in all games, led UF in rebounding and blocked shots and ranked second in scoring ... in SEC games, led UF in scoring (11.8 pg) and rebounding (9.6 pg) ... with her 13th of her team-high 18 points against Vanderbilt (March 6), became the 17th Gator to score 1,000 career points ... her lone block during that game was the 250th of her career ... ended the season ranking sixth all-time in SEC history for career blocks, two shy of tying Tennessee's Sheila Frost for fifth place ... broke Quientella Bonner's Gator career block-shot record of 230 set from 1976-81, when she swatted her fourth of five shots against Auburn (Feb. 13); the record-setting swat came at the 14 minute mark of the first half, when she blocked Mandisa Stevenson's attempt ... UF's leading scorer in seven games and leading rebounder in 10 ... scored and grabbed at least three rebounds in every game she played ... blocked at least one shot in every game except one (vs. Houston, Dec. 6), which snapped her streak of consecutive games with at least one block at 53 games … posted seven double-doubles, ending with a 15-point, 17-rebound performance at Kentucky (Feb. 20) while dishing a team-high three assists ... led UF with a game-high 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks at Georgia (Mar. 1) ... tallied her 50th career double-figure scoring game with 12 points against Vanderbilt (Feb. 23) ... despite playing just 24 minutes because of foul trouble, dominated Alabama (Feb. 16) with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks for her sixth double-double ... tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds against Auburn (Feb. 13) ... topped the 900-point plateau with her first basket at Tennessee (Feb. 9) ... returned from injury against South Carolina (Jan. 30), checking into the game at the 16:15 mark of the first half; missed her first six shots from the field, but put back an offensive rebound with 9:10 left in the game to record the first bucket in her return; also stuffed Kelly Morrone's attempt at the 10:03 mark of the second half to log her first block; finished the game with five points on 2-of-10 shooting, in addition to grabbing a team-high eight rebounds (including the 700th of her career) and two blocks in 23 minutes of action ... logged a double-double in UF's first three games of the year, but scored just three points during UF's ensuing two-game trip to the west coast in November … collected her first double-double of the season with five minutes remaining in the first half against Lamar (Nov. 22), playing just 10 minutes … practiced with the team for the first time on Nov. 1, 2002, after being suspended since Sept. 6, 2002 … one of 30 preseason candidates for Naismith National Player of the Year … preseason Second Team All-SEC … 12 double-figure scoring games … seven double-figure rebounding games … seven double-doubles.

Sophomore Year (2001-02) Starting center all 29 games ... WBCA Kodak District 3 All-American ... AP Honorable Mention All-American ... womenscollegehoops.com Honorable Mention All-American ... named First Team All-SEC by the league's coaches... became the first Gator ever to lead the nation in a statistical category, blocking 4.3 shots per game (126 in 29 games) ... tied the all-time NCAA record for blocked shot average by a sophomore, matching the previous mark of 4.3 per game set by Oregon's Stefanie Kasperski in 1988 ... ranked No. 4 in the nation for rebounding ... set a new SEC record for average blocked shots in a season, previously held by Vanderbilt's Heidi Gillingham, who averaged 4.2 per game in 1992 ... voted by her teammates as to receive the squad's Most Improved Player Award ... also presented at the postseason banquet the Lady Gator Award, which is an overall student-athlete award given to the player with the highest combination of statistics, academics and community service ... ... scored in double-figures in 27 of 29 games … in the SEC stats for all games ranked No. 1 for rebounding (11.8 pg), No. 1 for blocks, No. 4 for scoring (17.1 pg) & No. 2 for double-doubles (15) ... in the SEC stats for conference games-only ranked No. 1 for rebounding (10.9 pg) and blocks (4.21 pg), and No. 10 for scoring (15.9 pg) ... led UF in scoring, rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage ... broke Quientella Bonner's 1981 blocked shot season record of 104 when she swatted seven in the win over Kentucky (Feb. 14), when she also scored 17 points with 14 rebounds ... tallied 21 points with 14 rebounds in the first round SEC Tournament loss to Auburn (Feb. 28) … against Arkansas (Feb. 21), led UF with a 21-point, 20-rebound effort in the victory … blocked her 100th shot this season in the win at Ole Miss (Feb. 10) ... shared scoring honors in the upset over No. 17/16 Georgia, netting 19 with eight rebounds and five blocks ... recognized in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd on Jan. 21st … scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half during the upset win at No. 6/5 Vanderbilt (Jan. 24), as she tallied six straight points during a 6-2 run that gave UF a 13-point lead with under five minutes remaining ... named SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 31 for the second time in 2001-02 … recorded only the second triple-double in UF history, when she contributed 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in the win over Kent State (Dec. 29) in the championship game of the State Farm Classic … the 10 blocks against Kent State established a school record, breaking the one she previously established two games prior … named MVP of the State Farm Classic after compiling two-game totals of 35 points, 21 rebounds and 16 blocks … set the UF record for blocks by a sophomore previously held by Keturah Bell's 50 in 1984 when she swatted her fifth of six shots in the win over Duquesne (Dec. 28), in addition to scoring 18 points with nine rebounds … broke the 22-year old record for blocks in a game when she rejected nine in the upset win over Colorado (Dec. 21), passing Quientella Bonner's eight blocks on January 22, 1979 against Alabama … named SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 10 for her performances at South Florida and Lamar … tied a 22-year old school record by blocking eight shots in the victory over South Florida (Dec. 8), equaling the mark set by Quientella Bonner on January 22, 1979 against Alabama … also against the Bulls became only the fifth Gator to block at least 100 career shots; and recorded her seventh double-double of the year with 30 points and 13 rebounds despite being triple-teamed most of the game … named to the Tulane Invitational All-Tournament team, in part because she contributed 20 points and tied her career-high of 18 rebounds in addition to blocking five shots in the first round win over Creighton (Dec. 1) … paced UF in its overtime win at Florida State (Nov. 29) with 19 points and 15 rebounds, scoring five points and collecting three rebounds during the extra session … collected the first all-tournament team honors of her career on Nov. 25, when she was named to the five-player Paradise Jam All-Tournament team (St. Thomas, VI) after contributing two-game totals of 37 points, 22 rebounds and six blocks in games against Southern California and Wisconsin… tied a school record for most points scored by a Lady Gator at home, pouring in 36 with a career-high 17 rebounds in addition to six blocks and three assists in UF's season-opening win against Oakland (Nov. 16) … 27 double-figure scoring games … 15 double-figure rebounding games … 15 double-doubles … 1 triple-double.

Freshman Year (2000-01) Selected First Team All-Freshman by Real Sports Magazine ... named to the five-player SEC All-Freshman Team by the league's coaches ... ranked No. 2 in the SEC for rebounding behind teammate Naomi Mobley in all games (9.2 rpg) and SEC-only games (8.0 rpg) ... ranked No. 2 in the SEC for blocks (2.27 pg) and No. 3 for offensive (3.63 pg) and defensive (5.53 pg) rebounding in all-games stats ... tied for third among all SEC players with 11 double-doubles … ranked fifth on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg), second in rebounding (9.2 rpg), while leading UF in field goal percentage (52.5%) and blocks (68, 2.2 pg) ... her 68 blocks was the third highest season total in UF history ... shattered UF's freshman record for blocks by swatting 68 (record was 42 by DeLisha Milton in 1994) ... primary reason UF set a program record with 165 blocks (old record was 110) ... one of three Gators to play in all 30 games ... at the team's postseason banquet was voted by her teammates as the Most Improved Gator, presented to the player who made the most progress throughout the season ... became only the third UF freshman to receive the Lady Gator Award, which is an overall student-athlete award given to the player with the highest combination of statistics, academics and community service ... UF's leading rebounder in 14 games ... in her NCAA debut scored a game-high 17 points with nine rebounds and six blocks against Holy Cross (March 16) - the six blocks tied the NCAA West Region record with Vanderbilt's Angela Gorsica in 1997 ... tallied her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds against Arkansas (March 2) in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament ... held scoreless once this season but did grab three rebounds in 16 minutes before fouling out in the win at Alabama (Feb. 25) ... hit four straight free throws in the final minute of the win over No. 14 LSU (Feb. 22) to help secure the victory, while dominating the paint during the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds with three blocks ... had a huge first half in the win at Ole Miss (Feb. 15), when she contributed 12 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 11 minutes of action - finishing the game with 14 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and three assists in 19 minutes ... during the win at Ole Miss, had a clutch offensive rebound off a missed free throw with under one minute to play and the Lady Gators clinging to a three-point lead, then had the presence of mind to pass it to Naomi Mobley, one of the team's best free throw shooters ... snatched a career-high four steals against Tennessee (Feb. 11) ... continued her efficient play in the win at Arkansas (Feb. 8) where she scored 14 points with seven rebounds in 15 minutes of action ... provided a clutch basket in the win over Vanderbilt (Feb. 4), hitting a 5-foot hook shot with 37.3 seconds remaining to give UF a four-point lead and help secure the victory ... solid game in upset win over No. 5 Georgia (Feb. 1) grabbing 11 rebounds with four points and two blocks in just 14 minutes of action … only freshman named the SEC Player of the Week, when she was honored on January 29 after helping UF to two wins while averaging 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks and playing just 19 minutes per game in two outings the previous week ... dominated Providence (Jan. 25) with 19 points and 13 rebounds, as she made 14 trips to the free throw line … recorded a double-double in her SEC debut, contributing 10 points and 10 rebounds in 15 minutes of work at Mississippi State (Jan. 4) … key player in UF's upset win over then-No. 7 Rutgers (Dec. 29) scoring eight points with a game-high 11 rebounds … blocked seven shots against Colorado (Dec. 22), one shy of the school record ... scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Harvard (Nov. 24) to record her first career double-double … snared a game-high 12 rebounds while contributing seven points, three blocks and two assists in her collegiate debut on Nov. 17 against Fordham … 15 double-figure scoring games … 16 double-figure rebounding games… 11 double-doubles.

High School Graduated from Boone High School in 2000… broke BHS record for blocked shots, swatting 539 in her final three years… during her senior year, Hayden averaged 17 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game, while helping the Lady Braves advance to the Class 6A final four for the third consecutive year … averaged 14.2 points, 12.1 rebounds and 7.4 blocks her junior year… MVP of the state final four in 1998… following her senior season, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Florida… additional awards after her final year: All-USA Today High School Honorable Mention for Florida, WBCA Honorable Mention All-American, Full Court Press Second Team All-American, Sixth Team All-American by All Star Girls Report… ranked 29th in Blue Star Index's Top 100 Seniors list… one of just 42 players aged 18-and-younger invited to tryout for the 2000 Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying team… scored five points for the EAST team in the inaugural L'adidas high school All-Star game played in Knoxville, Tenn… coached by Misty Cox.


Hayden in the UF Record Book
(upon graduation)

Career Record Book (2001-04)
No. 1 Blocks (357) (No. 1 was 230 by Quientella Bonner, 1976-81)
No. 1 (Tied) Triple-Doubles (1 vs. Kent State, Nov. 29, 2001: 17 pts, 12 reb, 10 blk)
No. 3 Free Throw Attempts (500)
No. 4 Double-Doubles (50) (No. 3 is 51 by Tammy Jackson, 1981-85)
No. 5 Rebounds (1,105) (No. 4 is 1,109 by DeLisha Milton, 1993-97)
No. 5 Double Figure Scoring Games (80) (No. 4 is 86 by Brandi McCain, 1998-02)
No. 6 Free Throws (286) (No. 5 is 292 by Tiffany Travis, 1996-00)
No. 7 Scoring (1,576) (No. 6 is 1,580 by Brandi McCain, 1998-02)
No. 7 Field Goals (645) (No. 6 is 660 by Keturah Bell, 1982-86)
No. 9 Field Goals Attempted (1,276) (No. 8 is 1,335 by Keturah Bell, 1982-86)
No. 11 Field Goal Pct. (50.5%, 645-1276) (No. 10 is 51.6% by Lisa Born, 1986-88)
No. 3 (Tied) Rebound Average (10.3 rpg) (Tied with Tammy Jackson, 1981-85)
No. 11 Scoring Average (14.7 ppg)

Season Records
No. 1 Blocks in a Season (126 in 2002)
No. 1 Free Throws Attempted in a Season (171 in 2004)
No. 2 Blocks in a Season (107 in 2004)
No. 4 Blocks in a Season (68 in 2001)
No. 5 (tied) Double-Doubles in a Season (17 in 2004)
No. 5 Blocks in a Season (56 in 2003)
No. 6 (tied) Rebound Average in a Season (11.8 rpg in 2002)
No. 6 Points in a Season (571 in 2004)
No. 6 (Tied) Scoring Average in a Season (19.0 in 2004)
No. 6 Field Goals in a Season (235 in 2004)
No. 7 (tied) Double-Doubles in a Season (15 in 2002)
No. 9 Rebounds in a Season (317 in 2004)
No. 10 Rebound Average in a Season (10.6 in 2004)

Game Records
No. 7 (Tied) Points in a Game (36 vs. Oakland, Nov. 16, 2001)
No. 3 (Tied) Field Goals in a Game (17 vs. Oakland, Nov. 16, 2001)
No. 1 Blocks in a Game (10 vs. Kent State, Dec. 29, 2001)
No. 2 (Tied) Blocks in a Game (9 vs. Florida State, Nov. 26, 2002)
No. 2 (Tied) Blocks in a Game (9 vs. Colorado, Dec. 21, 2001)
No. 3 (Tied) Blocks in a Game (8 at South Florida, Dec. 8, 2001)
No. 6 (Tied) Blocks in a Game (7, five times in 2004, twice in 2002, once in 2001)

Class Records
No. 2 Scoring Average by a Senior (19.0 in 2004)
No. 1 Blocks by a Senior (107 in 2004)
No. 2 Rebounds by a Senior (317 in 2004)
No. 2 Rebounding Average by a Senior (10.6 in 2004)
No. 1 Free Throws Attempted by a Senior (171 in 2004)
No. 1 Blocks by a Junior (56 in 2003)
No. 1 Blocks by a Sophomore (124 in 2002)
No. 3 Scoring Average by a Sophomore (17.1 in 2002)
No. 1 Blocks by a Freshman (68 in 2001)

Hayden's Career Statistics
  Total 3-Point  
Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct  
2000-01 30-0 554/18.5 129-247 .522 0-0 .000 54-115 .470
2001-02 29-29 799/27.6 200-395 .506 0-0 .000 96-156 .615
2002-03 18-16 390/21.7 81-184 .440 0-0 .000 35-58 .603
2003-04 30-30 823/27.4 235-450 .522 0-0 .000 101-171 .591
Total 107-75 2566/24.0 645-1276 .505 0-0 .000 286-500 .572
  Rebounds  
Year Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts Avg
2000-01 109-166 275 9.2 97-5 17 55 68 31 312 10.4
2001-02 131-212 343 11.8 102-7 41 95 126 23 496 17.1
2002-03 58-112 170 9.4 57-2 15 38 56 15 197 10.9
2003-04 107-210 317 10.6 91-1 38 68 107 26 571 19.0
Total 405-700 1105 10.3 347-15 111 256 357 95 1576 14.7
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