55 Nikita Odom
NIU: One of eight returning letterwinners anxious to earn more playing time and make a greater contribution.
2004-05: Saw action as a reserve in 26 of 28 contests to earn first letter finishing with averages of 1.4 points-per-game and 1.2 rebounds while averaging 7.6 minutes per contest. Tallied season-best five points in victory over SIU-Edwardsville (1-2-05), but also registered a quartet of four-point performances, including battle with DePaul University (12-15-04) which featured season-high 18-minute showing. Snared season-best five boards vs. the Blue Demons and also against SIU-E plus Ball State University (1-19-05). Had 17-minute stint highlighted by 3-of-4 free throws in Huskies' first 2004-05 win versus Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) at season-opening University of Iowa / KCRG Hawkeye Challenge Tournament.
Prep: Capped prep career in 2003-04 as Third-Team All-State honoree by Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Special mention pick by Champaign News-Gazette. Four-year varsity letterwinner compiled 1,406 career points and 870 rebounds for Lady Hawk program which had 87-game conference win streak snapped, but still managed to capture 10th straight SICA Central league crown. As a senior, voted school's Outstanding Female Student-Athlete and led coach John Maniatis' 21-8 squad with averages of 16.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.7 steals while hitting 51 percent from the field. Played for Class AA South unit in IBCA's 2004 Summer All-Star Game along with fellow Huskie recruit Tara Michels. Two-time All-Area honoree by Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Southtown after earning third straight First-Team All-SICA Central accolade. Hit 58 percent from floor while averaging 15.9 ppg. and 8.2 rpg. during 2002-03 junior campaign. Those numbers were more remarkable considering limitations due to a torn Achillles tendon. Helped that HHS unit go 25-5 and earned Special Mention All-Area notice from Sun-Times. Her résumé encompasses 98-18 run for Lady Hawks, a trio of regional championships, plus a "Sweet 16" appearance during 2000-01 frosh campaign which ended in loss to eventual AA champ Oak Park Fenwick. Also lettered in volleyball and track earning All-SICA certificates in both sports. National Honor Society member ranked third academically in a class of 288.
Personal: Youngest of three children for Ronald and Diane Odom. Admires Michael Jordan, Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie. Major: Undecided. Birthdate: October 26, 1985.