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      Tye'sha Fluker
Hometown:
Pasadena, California

High School:
John Muir H.S.

Height:
6-5

Position:
Center

Birthdate:
12/27/1984

Experience:
4L

TENNESSEE HIGHLIGHTS


2005-06: Selected by the Charlotte Sting as the 10th overall pick in the WNBA draft... Became the 11th Lady Vol to be drafted in the first round... Finished her Lady Vol career ranked seventh in games played and 12th in the UT record books for career blocks....Grabbed 11 rebounds against No.1-ranked North Carolina in her final collegiate game on March 28... Attempted just eight free throws in her first three SEC Tournaments combined, but went to the line 19 times in the 2006 tournament... Had scored just 20 points in all previous SEC games but scored 44 during her final tournament... Played the first full game of her collegiate career against Georgia on March 4... Dominant in the paint at the SEC Tournament, scoring 19 points against both Georgia and Auburn on back-to-back nights... On senior day, she matched her career-high point performance against Florida (22) while snagging 16 rebounds... The 16 boards were the most by a Lady Vol this season and the number shattered Fluker's previous personal best of 11... She earned her first double-double of the season against the Gators, the fourth of her career... Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Third Team on Feb. 9... Scored 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting against LSU... Scored in double figures (13) against UConn for the second straight game and the fifth time this season... Named the Philips Player of the Game after carrying the Lady Vols to a victory in the SEC opener with a career-high tying 18 points and 3 steals... Added six rebounds, one assist and one block in 28 minutes off the bench against the Lady Gamecocks... Went 6-of-9 from the field for 12 points, two assists, one block and three boards against Temple... Scored six key points and grabbed six boards against George Washington... Tied a career high in assists (2) against Texas... Also added eight points and grabbed five rebounds against the Longhorns... Named the Philips Player of the Game after connecting on 5 of 8 attempts from the field en route to 13 points in the Lady Vol victory over Gonzaga... Started the season opener of her senior year, snaring six rebounds... Scored in double figures in both exhibition games... Earned SEC All-Academic for the third year.

2004-05: Tied for third on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg)... Averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg in SEC play... Started 22 of the 33 games in which she played... Came up huge in the win against Purdue in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, totaling a career-high 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds... The numbers marked her third double-double of the season and she was named ESPN2's player of the game and awarded the big sunglasses, given to the player who demonstrates the most focus... Recorded eight points, six rebounds and a season-high three blocks in the win at Arkansas... Recorded her first career double-double against Auburn with career high marks, 18 points and 11 rebounds... She earned her second straight Phillips Player of the Game honor for her efforts...Selected to the SEC Good Works Team on Jan. 17 for her various volunteer work in the community... Totaled eight points, six rebounds and a career-high three steals in just 12 minutes of action in the triumph over George Washington... Earned her first career start in the win at Chattanooga, totaling eight rebounds and four points... Selected to the Dean's List after recording a perfect 4.0 GPA in retail and consumer science during the fall... Earned a spot on the Lady Vol Honor Roll... Named to the Academic All-SEC team.

2003-04: Tye'sha played in all 35 games as a sophomore...Averaged 5.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg and logged 12.9 minutes per contest...Registered double-figure scoring in seven games...One of the Lady Vols' most accurate shooters, Tye canned 48 percent of her field goal attempts ranking second on the squad...Improved four of her career highs as a sophomore with 14 points versus Connecticut, two assists against Ole Miss, two steals in the Elite 8 game against Baylor and four blocked shots in opening NCAA Tournament action versus Colgate...Had a solid all-around showing against Colgate...Played a season-high 21 minutes, registered 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks while shooting at an 86 percent clip from the field...Was the lone Lady Vol in double-digit scoring against ODU tossing in 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting...In her very next game, Tye came back for a double-figure performance against Arkansas with 10 points - her first back-to-back extra-digit scoring of her UT career...In the regular season game with Connecticut, she scored a career-high 14 points, connecting on a dozen in the opening stanza...Concluded her second season ranked 18th on the Lady Vol All-Time list in blocked shots with 40...An academic stand-out, Tye'sha was named to the 2004 SEC All-Academic Team and earned UT Dean's List honors...Had a solid showing on the summer trip to Europe

2002-03: As a rookie, Tye'sha saw action in 36 contests...Averaged 3.1 ppg and 2.5 rpg...Turned in double-digit scoring in two games...Ranked third on the team in blocked shots with 16 for the season...Nearly turned in a double-double in the San Juan Shoot Out tallying a career-high 14 points while grabbing nine rebounds...Handled future 2003 WNBA Rookie of the Year Cheryl Ford in the contest at Louisiana Tech...Tye'sha grabbed one offensive and four defensive rebounds in just six minutes of action as she battled the future WNBA star who was in the post for Tech...Matched her career high in rebounds with nine against Florida...Had her best all-around game against Ole Miss establishing a career high for blocked shots with four, while tossing in 10 points, nabbing three rebounds and snagging two steals...Collected over four rebounds in eight games as a rookie.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS


HIGH SCHOOL: Joined Loree Moore and Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood as members of the Lady Vol squad hailing from California...Received many honors during her career at John Muir High School including being named as a top-10 finalist for the Naismith National Player of the Year award following her senior season...Selected as the first Parade Magazine All-American in her high school's history in 2002...Named a McDonald's All-American following her senior season at John Muir...Participated in the inaugural McDonald's All-American game, where she pulled down 10 rebounds...Ranked #21 by the Blue Star Index on its list of the top 100 seniors in America and number 30 on the list of top 80 players in the nation...Chosen by the Pasadena Star News as the San Gabriel Valley's Player of the Year after her sophomore, junior and senior seasons...Two-time recipient of the Pacific League's Most Valuable Player award in 2001 and 2002, while being chosen as an honorable mention selection by the Pacific League after the 1998-99 season...Received first-team honors from the Pasadena Star News three times, while being named to the Los Angeles Times first team following her senior season...Twice chosen All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)...Broke the John Muir single-game scoring record with 50 points during a contest against Pomona (Calif.) High School...Selected as the John Muir MVP in 2001 and 2002...Posted career numbers of 2,244 points, 1,205 rebounds, 288 blocked shots, 176 steals and 158 assists in 109 games...Career averages of 20.6 ppg and 11.1 rpg...Also participated in track and field in the high jump, discus and shot put during her career at JMHS.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Tye'sha played for the West Coast (N.C.) All-Stars and coach Jerry Gatewood in AAU basketball...Finished second in the AAU national tournament held in Greensboro, N.C., in 2001...Won the Deep South Classic title as a member of the West Coast All-Stars in 2001.

PERSONAL: Tye'sha is enrolled in Retail and Consumer Science at the University of Tennessee...A member of the UT Dean's List and SEC Academic Honor Roll...Is extremely active in the Toyota Literacy Program in the Knox County Schools...Is a favorite reader at the Sam E. Hill Elementary School...Has also volunteered for Knoxville's Promise, The Race for the Cure, April Play Day, and sung Christmas carols at the Shannondale Nursing Home...Selected to the John Muir Honor Roll all four years of her career...States that the biggest influence on her development as a player was by her high school coach at John Muir High School, Beverly Ball-Powell...Models herself after Miami Heat all-star center Shaquille O'Neal...Is close friends with Tracy Murray of the NBA's New York Knicks and Cameron Murray, a former member of the Harlem Globetrotters... Has one sister, Letricia Lee, 15 and a brother, Cory Fluker ...Tye'sha Nikcole Fluker was born on Dec. 27, 1984...Her parents are Corey Fluker and Renee Creamer.

CAREER HIGHS


Southeastern Conference Highs
Points: 22 vs. Florida (2-26-06)*
Rebounds: 16 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
Assists: 2 vs. Arkansas (2-5-06)*
Steals: 3 vs. South Carolina (1-4-06)
Blocks: 4 vs. Mississippi (2-6-03)
Field Goals: 9 vs. Florida (2-26-06)*
Three-pointers: 0
Free Throws: 8 vs. Auburn (2-26-06)
Minutes: 41 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
Career Highs
Points: 22 vs. Florida (2-26-06)*
Rebounds: 16 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
Assists: 2 vs. North Carolina (3-28-06)*
Steals: 3 vs. Vanderbilt (1-19-06)*
Blocks: 4 vs. Colgate (3-20-04)*
Field Goals: 9 vs. Florida (2-26-06)*
Three-pointers: 1 vs. Duke (11-24-02)*
Free Throws: 9 vs. Georgia (3-4-06)*
Minutes: 41 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
2005-06 Season Highs
Points: 22 vs. Florida (2-26-06)*
Rebounds: 16 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
Assists: 2 vs. North Carolina (3-28-06)*
Steals: 3 vs. Vanderbilt (1-19-06)*
Blocks: 2 vs. Alabama (1-29-06)
Field Goals: 9 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
Three-pointers: 0
Free Throws: 9 vs. Princeton (12-20-05)
Minutes: 41 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
NCAA Tournament
Highs Points: 18 vs. Purdue (3-22-05)
Rebounds: 11 vs. North Carolina (3-28-06)
Assists: 2 vs. North Carolina (3-28-06)
Steals: 2 vs. Baylor (3-28-04)
Blocks: 4 vs. Colgate (3-20-04)
Field Goals: 8 vs. Purdue (3-22-05)
Three-pointers: 0
Free Throws: 5 vs. Army (3-19-06)
Minutes: 34 vs. North Carolina (3-28-06)

* Indicates most recent high

CAREER TOTALSR


YearGPGSMinFGFGAPct3FGFGAPctFTFTAPctOffDefTotAvgPFFOATOBlkStlPtsAvg
2002-0336035946115.40029.2221628.5713061912.5641123216121103.1
2003-0435045277159.48400.0003454.63043661093.167012382461885.4
2004-053322628101219.46101.0004164.64193851785.4782173728272437.4
2005-063618779133250.53201.00068104.65483941774.9812225020173349.3
Totals140402218357743.480211.182159250.6362493065554.029056315788628756.3
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