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Chelsea Gardner - Women's Basketball - Kansas Jayhawks

Chelsea Gardner

Position F
Height 6'3''
Class Freshman
Hometown DeSoto, Texas
High School DeSoto HS

KU Captain’s (b)Log

2014-15 (Senior)
AP All-America Honorable Mention… WBCA All-Region… Naismith Trophy Top 50 Watch List… All-Big 12 First Team… Big 12 Player of the Week (1/26)… Started 31 games and appeared in all 32 contests for the Jayhawks… Led Kansas in scoring with 16.8 points per game, good for third in the Big 12… Became the 27th player in Kansas women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points…  Finished third in the conference with 8.6 rebounds per game and pulled down a team-high 274 on the season… Averaged 2.4 blocks per game; third-best in the Big 12… Logged nine double-doubles during her senior campaign for the third-best mark in the league… Posted 27 double-doubles in her four-year stint at Kansas… Scored in double figures 27 times, including eight games with 20 or more points, for a total of 76 double-digit games in her career… Shot 52.3 percent from the field, for the fifth-highest percentage in the league… Led Kansas from the free throw line with a 73.8 mark on the season… Blocked 78 shots this season to elevate herself past Aishah Sutherland (2009-12) to second all-time on KU’s career blocked shots list with 202 in her career … Her 20 points and career-high 20 rebounds versus West Virginia (1/24) marked the first time a Kansas player reached the 20-point-20-rebound mark since Tracey Claxton registered 36 points and 28 boards on Nov. 21, 1981… Tallied a season-high 30 points in the victory at Texas Tech (2/4)… Her 10-of-13 performance against TCU (1/14) was the third-most efficient shooting game of her career, connecting on 77 percent of her attempts… Posted a season-high 8-for-8 effort behind the charity stripe in the win against then-No.10 California… Tied a career-high 40 minutes played at West Virginia (2/10)… Blocked a season-high five shots three times; against Georgetown (11/23), California (12/7) and West Virginia (2/10)… Had a season-best effort against Alabama (11/21) of 13-for-21 from the field.

2013-14 (Junior)
WBCA All-Region Team… All-Big 12 First Team… espnW Player of the Week (1/20/14)… Big 12 Player of the Week (12/16/13 and 1/20/14)… Started 31 games and appeared in all 32 contests for the Jayhawks… Led Kansas in scoring with 17.1 points per game, which was the fourth-best mark in the Big 12… Also grabbed a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game for the fourth-best average in the conference… Blocked a team-most 1.8 shots per contest and ranked fifth in the league… Also averaged 1.1 steals per game in 29.6 minutes per contest… Recorded a Big 12-leading 13 double-doubles, which was the highest total by a Jayhawk since Shyra Holden had 14 in 1978-79… Scored double figures in 29 games, including the last 17 games of the season and grabbed double-digit rebounds 13 times… Shot 56.1 percent from the field, which was the second-highest mark in the Big 12 and the 20th-best in the nation… Blocked 59 shots on the season bringing her career total to 124 and moved her to sixth on Kansas’ all-time blocks list… Became the 26th player in program history to record at least 500 rebounds while at Kansas… Reached the 30-point plateau twice during the season on a career-best 13 field goals, including a career-high 34 at Texas Tech (2/1)… Grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds against TCU (2/12)… Made a career-best 10 free throws against Oral Roberts (11/10)… Recorded a season-high four steals against Creighton (11/17) and at Texas Tech (2/1)… Blocked a season-high five shots against Kansas State (2/26)… Played a career-high 40 minutes at Minnesota and against Kansas State (2/26)… Recorded 28 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots in a 16-point win over No. 7 Baylor (1/19), to snap the Lady Bears 53-game Big 12 winning streak.
2012-13 (Sophomore)
Started 19 games and appeared in all 34 contests… Averaged 23.2 minutes per game… Averaged 8.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game… Recorded her first double-double of the season with a career-high 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds against Grambling State (11/28)… Scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds against Minnesota (12/2)… Tallied 17 points, nine rebounds and two steals against Newman (12/9)… Recorded 12 points and four rebounds at then-No. 8 California (12/21)… Picked up her second double-double of the season with an 18 point and 13 rebound performance at Texas Tech (1/19)… Recorded a career-high six steals against Texas (1/23)… Scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Oklahoma State (1/26)… Scored 19 points in a match-up at Kansas State (2/2)… Hit her first career three-pointer at No. 1 Baylor (2/6)… Grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked a career-high six shots at TCU (2/13)… Picked up her third double-double of the season with a career-high 19 rebounds and 11 points… Scored 12 points against Iowa State (3/9) in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship… Added 12 points against Colorado (3/23) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
2011-12 (Freshman)
Started the final 10 games of the season in place of injured all-American Carolyn Davis … Posted 8.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game over her 10 starts, which more than tripled her averages through the first 24 games of the season … Led KU on the boards during NCAA Tournament play with 11.0 rebounds per game and added 13.0 points per game to be the only Jayhawk to average a double-double in the postseason … Collected her first double-digit outings in back-to-back games going 5-for-6 from the floor twice for 10 points against Oral Roberts (12/21/11) and Sam Houston State (12/28/11) in only six and seven minutes of floor time, respectively … Finished just shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds against Oklahoma State (2/29/12) … Sank 13-straight free throws from Feb. 15-March 8, 2012… Swatted three shots in the regular-season finale at Oklahoma (March 4, 2012) and recorded nine of her 14 blocks during the last five games … Notched personal bests with 15 points and 16 rebounds, her first double-double, against Nebraska in the NCAA Tournament First Round (3/18/12) … Her 16 boards tied a KU record for most single-game rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game.

High School
Graduated from DeSoto High School (DeSoto, Texas) in 2011 … Named district Defensive Player of the Year her senior season when the Eagles were district champions … Averaged 8.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 2.3 steals per game in her final year for coach Larry Goad … Also named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-State Team in 2010-11, while earning her second consecutive all-district first team accolade … Named Defensive Player of the Year in 2007-08 as DHS finished second in the state tournament … Member of the Texas Top Prospects AAU team along with current KU freshman Bunny Williams … A three-time academic all-district selection.

Daughter of Lois and Aubrey Gardner … Born in Dallas, Texas … Has three siblings: Tavares Gardner, Chatonya Tatum and Eric Tatum … A sociology major.