HARPER 20 center senior 6-3 Perth, Western Australia Willeton
GOLDEN GOPHER CAREER NOTES: The Golden Gophers’ first player from Australia • has been one of the team’s hardest workers since the end of last season. • has matured into a pivotal team leader for the Gophers and is a great teacher and mentor to the younger post players • provides a consistent inside presence in the post • has played in 93 career games with three starts • has scored in double figures in nine career games • has 371 career points and 308 career rebounds • owns one career double-double • a mobile post player with the size and power to patrol the paint in the rugged battles of Big Ten Conference play • can score facing or with her back to the basket • from the same hometown as the WNBA Indiana Fever’s Tully Bevilaqua, who helped Australia to the 2006 World Championship crown. 2008-09 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in all 33 games • averaged 3.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game • scored in double figures two times • collected a career-high 13 rebounds, with eight points and two blocks, in the NCAA win over Notre Dame • pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, while limiting Alyssa DeHaan to seven points and two rebounds in win at Michigan State (2/26) • tallied eight points, eight rebounds and a career-high four blocks in loss at Northwestern • played 13 minutes off the bench scoring five points in a firsthalf 17-0 run in win at Michigan • pulled down a season-high 8 rebounds in 12 minutes in win over Penn State (1/1) • scored 12 points (6-9 FG) vs. 2/2 Stanford • an Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned third varsity letter. 2007-08 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 32 games • averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game • scored in double figures seven times • tallied four points and two rebounds versus Texas in her first NCAA Tournament game • scored 11 points with six rebounds in Big Ten Tournament game versus Michigan State • recorded her first collegiate double-double with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in loss at Ohio State • chipped in four points and four rebounds in 20 minutes versus Michigan State (1/27) • along with Ashley Ellis-Milan, limited Michigan State’s Allyssa DeHaan to six points (3-4 FG) and 10 points (3-10 FG) in the two wins over the Spartans • scored a career-high 14 points in the loss to Virginia Tech • snatched a career-high four steals in the victory over Hawaii • dished out a career-high four assists in the win over Kentucky • pulled down eight rebounds in the win over North Dakota State • tallied 11 points in win over Northern Iowa • scored 10 points in the season opener versus UC Riverside • scored a game-high 18 points versus Australia Showtime Skins in an exhibition game • earned second varsity letter. 2006-07 • FRESHMAN SEASON: A reserve post player, who started first three games of the season and played in all 33 contests • averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game • contributed six points in WNIT game versus Western Kentucky • scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes in WNIT opener against Illinois-Chicago • played a season-high 28 minutes with five points and four rebounds in Big Ten Tourney quarterfinal versus Michigan State • scored in double figures for the first time in her career with 10 points in the Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern • posted nine points against Michigan State (2/25) playing season-high 22 minutes • scored six second-half points against Michigan, while grabbing five rebounds • scored seven points against Penn State, also recording two blocks • scored five points against Indiana, including the first three-pointer of her career • played the best defensive game of her career against Ohio State and All-American Jessica Davenport, adding four points and seven rebounds • played 17 minutes against Chicago State, tallying two points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks • tallied six points and seven rebounds in her first collegiate game, versus Northern Iowa • varsity letterwinner. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: A 2005 graduate of Willetton Senior High School • played her club ball with the Willetton Tigers • club team coach was Robin Winters • led the Tigers to the State Basketball League title in 2005 and 2006 • a member of the Western Australia Metro Under-20 team for two years • selected to participate in Australia intensive national player development camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in January of 2006 • competed on the Western Australia Metro Under-18 and Under-16 teams as well • chosen to attend the All-Australia Junior Camp in 2002.
PERSONAL: Born March 1, 1988 • kinesiology major • the daughter of Baden and Sandra Harper • has one older brother, Joshua • enjoys going to the beach, swimming and shopping.
60 * Minnesota Basketball
Points ......................................14 vs. Virginia Tech (11/30/07) Rebounds ....................................13 vs. Notre Dame (3/22/09)) Assists..............................................4 vs. Kentucky (11/23/07) Blocks ..........................................4 vs. Northwestern (2/23/09) Steals ..................................................4 vs. Hawaii (11/25/07)
Published on Dec 1, 2009