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Grace Daley
Grace Daley

Hometown:
Ocala, Fla.

High School:
Lake Weir

Height:
5-8

Position:
Guard

Experience:
3L


Grace Daley was inducted in the 2006 Hall Of Fame. Daley scored 2,249 points in her career - the most of any basketball player in school history - was a three-time All-American guard for the Green Wave and led Tulane to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years from 1997-2000. She was an integral part of two Conference USA regular season championship teams and three C-USA tournament championships, winning the tournament MVP trophy in 1999.

The 2000 Conference USA Player of the Year was a three-time All-Conference USA selection. The Ocala, Fla. product was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year in 1997 and scored more than 550 points, pulled down at least 100 rebounds and compiled at least 70 assists in each of her last three seasons.

After graduating from Tulane with a degree in English, she was first round draft pick and fifth overall selection in the 2000 WNBA Draft, by the Minnesota Lynx. She spent four seasons in the WNBA with the Lynx, New York Liberty, Houston Comets and Phoenix Mercury. She also has played basketball professionally in Europe, as she led the Italy Pro League in 2002-03 - one of her two seasons with Viterbo. She also has played in the French Pro League, Spanish Pro League, Euroleague and the FIBA Cup. Currently, she is playing with USK Praha of the Czech Pro League.

Daley joined the Tulane women's basketball program for the 1996-97 season, scoring 13.2 points per game while helping Tulane to its first Conference USA regular season and tournament championships. She capped her rookie campaign by earning Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors.

As a sophomore, earned WBCA/Kodak All-America honorable mention honors for the first time, while scoring 20.1 points per contest and shooting over 51 percent from the field, helping Tulane to its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament.

Early in her junior season, Daley became the 12th member of the 1,000 point club and was named an All-American by the Associated Press, while picking up another honorable mention All-America by WBCA/Kodak. She averaged 19.1 points per game - again shooting over 51 percent from the field - to help Tulane earn the regular season Conference USA title. She was named tournament MVP as Tulane again won the Conference USA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

As a senior, Daley completed her journey to the top of the all-time scoring list, finishing with her third-straight WBCA/Kodak All-America honor and All-America accolades from the Women's Basketball News Service and Associated Press. She was the 2000 Conference USA Player of the Year, scoring 21.6 points per game and earned All-Tournament Team honors as Tulane won the C-USA championship for her fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Daley graduated from Tulane as the all-time school leader in points and free throws made, records she still holds to this day, along with the top single-season scoring mark.

During her tenure, the Green Wave compiled a record of 99-23, earned two C-USA regular season titles, three C-USA tournament championships and four berths in the NCAA Tournament. Daley was named to the Green Wave's Tulane 25th Anniversary Team in 2001.

Named the preseason Conference USA Player of the Year... Is also a preseason honorable mention All-America selection by the Women's Basketball Journal... A preseason All-Conference USA selection.

1998-99: Earned Kodak District All-America honors for the second straight season... Was also named honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press... A first-team All-Conference USA selection for the second straight season... Earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Conference USA Tournament after leading the Green Wave to its second tournament crown in three seasons... Played in all 30 games, making 28 starts... Averaged a team-best 19.1 points - a total that ranked third in Conference USA and 44th nationally... Was Tulane's second-leading rebounder on the year, averaging 5.2 rebounds per game... Earned C-USA Player of the Week honors for the third time in her career on December 14... Was the only guard listed among Conference USA's top six in field goal percentage, posting a 51.3 field goal percentage... Finished the season ranked second in C-USA with an 81.6 free throw percentage... Averaged 24.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, while totaling 15 assists and seven steals in three C-USA tournament names... Shot 56.8 percent (21-of-37) from the floor and 84.8 percent (28-of-33) from the free throw line during the C-USA Tournament... Scored 29 points, including 27 in the second half without committing a turnover, in Tulane's C-USA Tournament semifinal win over Louisville... Picked up MVP honors at both the Sugar Bowl Classic and the DoubleTree Classic...Recorded a career-high 38 points in Tulane's come-from-behind win at SMU, including two free throws with 11 seconds left that gave the Wave its first lead of the game... Recorded her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 points in the home win against South Florida...Eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier in Tulane's second game of the season, registering 23 points against Miami... Was a preseason All-Conference USA selection.

1997-98: Was a first-team All Conference USA selection and was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year... Was also selected as a Kodak District 5 All-American... Was the only Green Wave player to start all 28 games... Averaged 20.1 ppg and 2.6 apg... Named C-USA Player of the Week on Feb. 9 after averaging 26.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in three games during the week of Feb. 2-8... Earned All-Tournament honors at the Warner's Classic and the Tulane DoubleTree Classic... Ranked third in C-USA in scoring and second in steals-per-game (2.9)... Ranked among the conference leaders in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage... Led the team in scoring in 20 of Tulane's 28 games and poured in double figures in 25 of 28 games...Made her first career start in the season-opener against UMKC and responded with a game-high 21 points... Reached the 30-point plateau four times and scored at least 20 points 15 times...Hit a three-pointer in 22 straight games to end the season... Scored a career-high 36 points on 13-for 21 shooting and had seven assists and four steals in the win over eventual conference champion Memphis... The 36 points was the fifth-best single-game mark in school history... Hit 15 of 16 free throw attempts against Southern Methodist... Was 11-for-15, including 3-for-4 from behind the arc, for 33 points and had seven steals and eight rebounds in the win against DePaul... Also had seven steals and was 9-for-9 from the free throw line against UNC Charlotte... Poured in 24 points against Mississippi, including nine points in a 30 second span... Averaged 24.0 ppg in two postseason appearances... Hit five three-pointers and had 31 points in the win against Southern Miss... Was perfect from the free throw line seven different times... Scored a team-high 26 points to go with five rebounds and four steals against Kansas in the NCAA Tournament... Was a preseason All-Conference USA pick.

1996-97: Named the Conference-USA Freshman of the Year, Sixth Player of the Year and to the C-USA All-Freshman Team... Played in all 32 games... Led team and conference freshman with 13.2 ppg average... Led team and was fifth in the conference with 2.3 steals per contest... Scored a career-high 27 points vs. USF... Finished in double figures in 20 games... Led Tulane in scoring eight times...Fifth in conference free throw percentage at .761... Named Sugar Bowl Classic MVP... Named to the Tulane DoubleTree Classic and Pepperdine Classic all-tournament teams.

Prep: Four-year letter-winner as point guard in basketball... Named first team all-state and Class 6A Player of the Year her senior season... Named Ocala Star-Banner Player of the Year and Street & Smith All-American going into her senior year... Also named to the Nike and Parade All-American teams... Averaged 31.0 ppg, 16 rpg, 5.2 apg and 7.1 spg... Recorded a game-high of 47 points... Also named Ocala Star-Banner Runner of the Year... Currently holds Florida high school record in the 800m (2:13.01)... Won 800m state championship as freshman... Also a state qualifier in cross-country.

Personal: Born June 26, 1978, in Miami, Fla...Parents are Stephen and Josephine Daley... Full name is Grace Elizabeth Daley... Youngest of five children... Older sister, Ruth, played basketball at Akron... Member of High Honor Roll, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Lake Weir... Majoring in English.