Shyra  Ely

43Shyra Ely


Indianapolis, Indiana

High School:
Ben Davis H.S.






AS A SENIOR (2004-05): UT's returning All-American...Is once again projected as an All-America selection and SEC standout...Listed on both the 2005 Wade Trophy and women's Wooden Award watch lists for 2005 Player of the Year honors... Returns as the leading scorer and rebounder for the Lady Vols...Is on track to move into the Lady Vol Top 10 Career Lists in no less than seven categories (FGM, FGA, FTM, FTA, points, rebounds and rebound average)...Starts her senior year ranked 22nd in career points (1,170), 20th in rebounds (694) and 11th in rebounding average (6.7 rpg).

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AS A JUNIOR (2003-04): Shyra enjoyed a breakout campaign as a junior...Led her team in 10 statistical categories...One of two Lady Vols to play and start all 35 games...Averaged 14.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.3 spg...Logged an iron-woman 30.1 minutes per contest...Scored double-digit scoring in 29 games and double-figure rebounding in 11 tilts...Recorded 10 double-doubles on the season...Has now registered 16 career double-doubles as a Lady Vol...Went over the 1,000-career point plateau at Vanderbilt on Feb. 15, 2004, on her final bucket of the game...In a six-game span from Feb. 19-Mar. 6, she went on a tear and averaged 20.8 ppg and 9.5 rpg...Hit for big numbers against Georgia in the SEC Tournament for the second time in her career...Shyra tossed in 27 points and claimed a dozen boards...As a rookie, she tagged the Lady Bulldogs for 31 points in the SEC Tourney...Earned a plethora of honors as a junior -- Selected to the 2004 NCAA All-Midwest Regional Team...Named a Kodak All-American...Tabbed as Third Team All-America by the Associated Press...Was a unanimous selection to the Coaches All-SEC Team and the Associated Press All-SEC Team...Was a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year...A two-time SEC Player of the Week (Dec. 1-7 and Jan. 20-26).

AS A SOPHOMORE (2002-03): Shyra played in 36 games and earned eight starting assignments...Coming in off the bench, she still averaged 9.8 ppg and a team best 6.6 rpg...Turned in 19 games of double-figure scoring to go along with four double-doubles...Tallied an amazing 16 points in 17 minutes against Arkansas...Missed mid-season games against Florida and TCU after suffering an injury to her right knee...Immediately after she was back in action she connected in double-figure scoring in nine of the next 11 games...During that stretch she recorded a monster game at Kentucky with a season-best 18 points and 17 rebounds...Registered 12.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg (six games) in some outstanding 2003 NCAA Tournament play...Shyra was named to the 2003 NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team...In just the first two NCAA games of 2003, she had personally bettered all of her totals for five games in NCAA play as a rookie...Selected as a third team All-America by the Women's Basketball News Service.

AS A FRESHMAN (2001-02): As a rookie, Shyra quickly showed that she was a play-making forward whose scoring ability worked from both the post and perimeter...Played in 33 games and started in 22...Became a rare Lady Vol rookie starter as she tossed in 16 points versus Chattanooga in her Orange and While debut...In all, she tallied 16 games in double-figures...Her rebounding prowess was an immediate strength for the Lady Vols as she grabbed extra-digit boards twice...Overall, she averaged 9.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg while logging 21 minutes per contest...Led UT in scoring six times and in rebounding 10 times as a rookie...During the toughest portion of the Lady Vols' schedule, she turned in five games of back-to-back double-figure efforts...The 2002 SEC All-Rookie team member turned in a magical game versus Georgia in the SEC Tournament and had solid numbers in both games played... Averaged 21.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg in her first SEC Tourney...In the 81-67 win over the `Dawgs, Shyra tossed in a career-high 31 points while grabbing 11 rebounds...Her numbers were staggering...She connected on 10-14 field goals (71%), 11-12 free throws (91%), hauled in seven offensive and four defensive rebounds...With her 31-point outburst, she became just the second freshman all-time (joining Tamika Catchings) as the only rookies to have a 30-point-plus games in her first season as a Lady Vol...Kept the magic going in the NCAA Tournament...In the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals, she tossed in 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds against BYU..."Ms. Instant Offense" scored 12 straight points and 18 of UT's total of 23 points at one juncture in the first half...Was named the NIKE Player of the Game by ESPN...Shyra's outstanding play earned her a spot on the NCAA All-Midwest Regional team.


HIGH SCHOOL: Shyra came to Tennessee as one of the most decorated high school players ever to join the squad, having been selected as both the 2001 Naismith Prep Player of the Year as well as the USA TODAY National Player of the Year...Chosen by both USA TODAY and Sports Illustrated as the number one women's high school player in the country... USA TODAY, Parade magazine, Street & Smith's and Nike All-America selection...2001 Student Sport magazine and Scholastic Sport Gatorade National Player of the Year...Ranked as the top prospect overall and top senior in the Blue Star recruiting index...Two-time Indiana Women's Basketball Player of the Year...Indiana's Miss Basketball for 2001...Three-time all-state (1999-01) and four-time all-conference and all-county selection (1998-01) during her illustrious prep career...Member of the 1999-00 and 2000-01 Indiana Super Team...Marion County Player of the Year in 1999-00 and 2000-01...All-time leading scorer (2,004 points) and rebounder (1,218) in Ben Davis women's basketball history...Averaged a striking 17.9 ppg and 10.9 rpg over her four-year and 112-game prep career...A multi-sport athlete, Shyra lettered three years in both volleyball and track...Twice selected as an all-conference and all-county selection in volleyball, while once being chosen all-conference in track...Participated on the 4x100 relay team that finished sixth in the state meet and holds the school record in the event of 49.14...Honored as the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award Winner...Ben Davis classmate James Banks is a wide receiver on the football team at Tennessee.

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Shyra was chosen as an alternate for the U.S. Junior National Team...Named the AAU National Player of the Year in the 13-and-under division...Her 14-and-under AAU squad finished fifth at the national tournament, while she led her 16-and-under team to the Indiana state championship...Played for the Family Incorporated AAU 18-and-under team, coached by Kevin Merriweather, that won the Indiana state title.

PERSONAL: Shyra is pursuing a degree in retail and consumer sciences at UT...Active in the Knoxville Community, she has volunteered her time with the American Cancer Society's Carnival and Relay for Life, Knoxville's Promise, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Dogwood Arts Festival...Has attempted to pattern her game after WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes...Claims that her favorite performer is Michael Jackson and enjoys shopping, hanging out with her friends and eating in her spare time...Has three siblings, Cheryll, 31, Shy-Quon II, 25, and Shyron-Quonel, 17...Shyra Quontae Ely was born on August 9, 1983...Her parents are Shy-Quon and Jean Ely.


2001-02 33 123 251 .490 0 1 .000 62 106 .585 177-6.4 86-2 308- 9.3 36 77 13 27 691
2002-03 36 142 287 .495 3 8 .375 67 94 .713 238-6.6 77-0 354- 9.8 47 82 12 42 804
2003-04 35 213 443 .481 0 1 .000 82 121 .678 279-8.0 80-2 508-14.5 53 92 13 44 1055
Totals 104 478 981 .487 3 10 .300 211 321 .657 694-6.7 243-4 1170- 11.3 136 251 38 113 2550


Career Highs
Points31 vs. Georgia (3-1-02)
Rebounds17 vs. Kentucky (3-2-03)
Assists4 vs. Mississippi State (3-5-04)*
Steals5 vs. Southern California (11-18-01)
Blocks 2 vs. Duke (1-24-04)*
2003-04 Season Highs
Points27 vs. Georgia (3-6-04)
Rebounds15 vs. TCU (1-2-04)
Assists4 vs. Mississippi State (3-5-04)*
Steals4 vs. TCU (1-2-04)
Blocks 2 vs. Duke (1-24-04)
Southeastern Conference Highs
Points31 vs. Georgia (3-1-02)
Rebounds17 vs. Kentucky (3-2-03)
Assists4 vs. Mississippi State (3-5-04)*
Steals4 vs. South Carolina (1-23-03)
Blocks 1 vs. LSU (4-4-04)*
Career NCAA Tournament Highs
Points21 vs. BYU (3-23-02)
Rebounds9 vs. Villanova (3-31-03)*
Assists 3 vs. Villanova (3-31-03)*
Steals4 vs. Alabama State (3-22-03)
Blocks1 vs. LSU (4-4-04)*

* indicates most recent high



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