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Sunday February 9, 2014Florida Legend Vanessa Hayden Recognized at Sunday's Game

Gainesville, Fla.

Vanessa Hayden is Florida’s 2014 Southeastern Conference Legend and will be recognized prior to Sunday’s home game against Kentucky.


A physically imposing 6-foo-4 center, Hayden was one of the most dominating and physically imposing collegiate post players in the country during her Gator letterwinner days, 2000-04.


A Quick Glance at a few notable Hayden highlights:


·         2002 & 2004 WBCA Kodak District 3 All-American, a 2004 Associated Press Second Team All-American, a 2002 & 2003 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American


·         2002 & 2004 First Team All-SEC selection.


·         Inaugural SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2004)


·         She 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). 


·         Became 17th Gator to score 1,000 career points and the eighth-fastest to reach the plateau, netting the milestone in her 77th game and is only the fifth Gator ever to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. 


·         Hayden still holds UF’s all-time blocked shot record with 357, a total that ranked third all-time in SEC history upon her graduation.


·         In the UF record book upon graduation, she ranked seventh all-time for scoring (1,576) and fifth for rebounding (1,105).


·         Recorded 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


·         She received her degree in May 2005 in Family, Youth & Community Sciences. 


·         She was selected by the Minnesota Lynx as the seventh overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft on April 17, 2004.


Hayden also will be honored during the 2014 SEC Tournament in Duluth, Ga., with the Legend from each of the other 13 league schools.



Florida’s All-Time SEC Legends (year honored):

DeLisha Milton (2001)

Merlakia Jones (2002)

Tammy Jackson (2003)

Brandi McCain (2004)

Talatha Bingham (2005)

Paula Welch (2006)

Ann Marie Rogers (2007)

Carol Ross (2008)

Quientella Bonner (2009)

Bridget Pettis (2010)

Murriel Page (2011)

Cassie Macias (2012)

Sophia Witherspoon (2013)

Vanessa Hayden (2014)




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