2 Shari' Welton
2007-08: Started 27 of 28 games for Northern Illinois...Was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.9 points a game...Third on the team in points scored with 249...Led the Huskies in scoring in six contests...Posted a double-double in NIU's 60-59 victory against Western Illinois (11-15-07), scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds...Her 12 rebounds against the Westerwinds was a career-high...She secured the feat on the final play of the game when she grabbed the winning rebound and scored the game winning shot at the buzzer...Turned in 14 double-digit scoring performances, including a stretch of seven straight from 12-17-07 through 1-15-08...Scored a career-high 17 points at Bowling Green (2-9-08), going 6-8 from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line...Made a career-high seven field goals at Illinois State (12-31-07), scoring a game-high 15 points...Finished fourth on the team in rebounds with 113, averaging four a game...Led the team in steals, with 29 in 28 games, including two three-steal games...Third on the team in assists with 46.
2006-07: Sat out season as required by NCAA transfer regulations... Earned Victory Scholar (3.50-4.00 GPA) status within NIU's Academic Excellence program.
Previous School (Wisconsin): Saw action in 51 contests in two seasons with the Badgers and earned a reputation as a defensive stopper...Scored 2.1 points per game and brought down 1.5 rebounds per contest over her UW career...Averaged 7.3 minutes per game, hit 37.3 percent of her field goals and contributed 28 assists...As a sophomore in 2005-2006 - Played in 29 games for the Badgers, primarily in bench role, but started eight contests...Averaged 14.4 minutes per game as a sophomore...Scored 78 points and dished out 21 assists...Averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per outing and hit half (two-of-four) of her three-point tries...An Academic All-Big Ten selection...As a freshman in 2004-2005: Averaged 1.2 points per game while playing nearly five minutes per game...Grabbed 15 rebounds on the year...Logged a season-high five points against Ohio State (1-27-06) and a season-high four rebounds versus Penn State (2-17-06).
Prep: Ranked the 155th best wing player in the nation by All-Star Girls Report...Holds Thornwood's women's scoring record with 1,163 points and grabbed more than 600 rebounds during her career...As a senior, named SICA-East Player of the Year All-Conference and was a three-time first-team all-league choice...Averaged 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game that season...An all-area choice by the Chicago Sun-Times, The Star, The Southtown and the Times...The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Champaign News-Gazette both tabbed her as a second team All-State selection in 2004...Her junior year, scored 18 points per game and pulled down 10 rebounds on a 24-5 Thornwood team.
Personal: Daughter of Don and Lori Welton. Admires Michael Jordan and hopes to become a sportscaster. Birthdate: June 22, 1986. Major: Communications.