Kayla Melson
Kayla Melson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Montgomery, Ala.

High School:
Sidney Lanier H.S.

Height:
5-8

Position:
G

Experience:
3L


02/19/2014

Rebels Host No. 13/16 A&M on Thursday

Tickled Pink at the Tad Pad Game

Senior Season (2010-11): Played in 23 games, starting all 23 ... missed six games with an injury ... named to the Second Team All-SEC and to the AP All-SEC Team ... also a finalist for the Cellular South Gillom Trophy presented annually to the best female basketball player in Mississippi ... led the team in scoring and was third in the SEC (overall games) with 15.1 point per game ... led the team, and SEC, in minutes per game (38.0), field goal percentage (43.7) and free throws (90) ...ended the year third in the SEC in field goal percentage (43.7) and fourth in free throw percentage (70.9) ... attempted a free throw in 21 of the 23 games she played in and made at least one free throw in 20 of her 23 appearances ... recorded her 1,000th career point against South Carolina (Jan. 16) and finished her career with 1,101 career points which is 23rd all-time (two points away from 22nd all-time) ... is sixth all-time in assists with 453... scored a career-high 30 points in a 72-67 win over Vanderbilt (Jan. 2) ... recorded 18 double-digit scoring games including 11 straight from Dec. 15 through Jan. 30 ... recorded five 20-point games and one 30-point game ... scored 29 points and added four assists and six boards at South Alabama (Dec. 5) ... also scored 29 points at Auburn (Jan. 13) to go along with four assists ... recorded two double-doubles on the year: 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-60 win against Sam Houston State (Nov. 13) and 12 points and 12 boards in a 64-60 win against Nicholls State (Nov. 20) ... played in 15 games with 40+ minutes ... ended the year second on the team in assists (93) ... recorded at least one assist in every game she played in ... dished out at least five assists in eight games and had two games with nine assists ... served as a team captain ... named to the SEC Community Service Team.

Junior Season (2009-10): Started in 28 of the 30 games in which she appeared ... ranked first in the SEC and 10th in the nation with 5.9 assists per game ... turned in four games with at least 10 assists ... ranked second on the team and 19th in the SEC with 12.2 points per game ... stood 13th in the SEC with a .449 shooting percentage ... ranked 10th in the conference with a .738 free throw percentage ... led the team with 53 steals and ranked ninth in the SEC with 1.8 thefts per game ... paced the conference with a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio ... stood eighth in the conference with 34.7 minutes played per game ... posted the third triple-double in school history when she recorded 11 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Rebels' 80-42 win over Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 13) ... tallied 13 points and nine assists in Ole Miss' 95-61 win at Sam Houston State (Nov. 17) ... scored 13 points and dished out eight assists in a 98-56 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 20) ... had 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Rebels' 70-51 win at UALR (Dec. 2) ... finished with 16 points and nine rebounds against nationally-ranked Ohio State (Dec. 13) ... recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists in an 86-71 win over Arkansas (Jan. 10) ... dolled out a career-high 13 assists in an 80-71 upset win over nationally-ranked LSU (Jan. 17) ... scored 20 points, tallied a career-high eight field goals and recorded seven assists and five rebounds against Florida (Jan. 31) ... tallied 20 points, five assists and hit a career-high 10 free throws in the following game at Kentucky (Feb. 4) ... scored 20 points for the third straight game and added 10 assists in a 102-101 triple overtime win at nationally-ranked LSU (Feb. 7) ... blocked a career-high two shots at Mississippi State (Feb. 14) ... scored 17 points, hit a career-high two three-pointers and dished out five assists against nationally-ranked Vanderbilt (Feb. 21) ... had 14 points against Tennessee in the second round of the SEC Tournament (March 5) ... finished with 10 points and nine assists against Samford in the first round of the WNIT (March 18) ... selected to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll for the third consecutive season ... won both the Rebel Iron Award and Eleanor Shaw Award at the team's postseason banquet.

Sophomore Season (2008-09): Played in 32 of a possible 33 games and started the final seven games of the year ... averaged 5.7 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game ... was second on the team with 90 assists ... ranked 14th in the SEC with 2.8 assists per game ... shot 43.2 percent from the field ... scored a team-high 13 points in just 17 minutes in the Rebels' 74-48 win at Louisiana-Lafayette (Nov. 19) ... tallied at least 10 points in back-to-back games against Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 4) and Texas (Dec. 7) ... had 14 points and three assists in Ole Miss' 85-67 win at UCF (Dec. 20) ... collected eight points, six rebounds and three assists in a near upset at Tennessee (Jan. 29) ... scored a season-high 15 points at Arkansas (Feb. 15) ... collected 13 points and four rebounds against LSU (March 1) ... finished with eight assists and five rebounds in a 65-60 win over Arkansas (March 5) in the first round of the SEC Tournament ... tallied seven points, eight assists and five rebounds in Ole Miss' 87-49 win over Murray State (March 22) in the second round of the WNIT ... also had eight helpers and five boards in the final game of the season at USF (March 26) in the third round of the WNIT ... named to the Winter SEC Honor Roll ... won the Ole Miss Most Improved Player Award at the team's postseason banquet.

Freshman Season (2007-08): Became the team's starting point guard following a season-ending ACL injury to Alliesha Easley ... saw action in all 29 games while starting a total of 27 ... finished the season by averaging 7.0 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game ... was second on the team with 90 assists and 51 steals ... ranked 13th in the SEC with 3.10 assists per game ... tallied eight games in which she recorded at least five assists ... was 12th in the conference with an 0.87 assist/turnover ratio ... logged 18 minutes against Nebraska (Nov. 11) in her first career game as a Rebel ... earned her first career start against Louisiana-Lafayette (Nov. 18) and finished with a career-high 10 assists to go along with a career-high six steals and nine points ... scored a career-high 16 points against Wisconsin (Nov. 23) ... followed that by scoring 15 points and pulling down a career-high five rebounds in a 74-62 win over UAB (Nov. 29) ... posted her third straight game with double figures by scoring 10 points at then 17th-ranked Ohio State (Dec. 2) ... named SEC Freshman of the Week following her performance against UAB and Ohio State ... scored 14 points, including 12 in the second half, against Miami (Dec. 15) to help lead the Rebels to their first road win over the season ... scored 12 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field against in-state rival Mississippi State (Jan. 24) ... tallied 10 points in helping Ole Miss to a 70-54 win at Alabama (Feb. 24) for the team's only conference road win of the season ... earned the team's highest grade point average award at the postseason banquet ... became the first recipient of the Carol Ross endowed scholarship.

High School: Earned three varsity letters as a point guard at Sidney Lanier High School under head coach Steve Holloway ... finished her high school career with 1,836 points, 437 rebounds, 319 assists and seven blocks ... averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as a senior in 2007 in helping lead her team to a 22-11 overall record ... named the MVP of the 2007 Alabama North vs. South game ... selected to both the All-Metro and All-Tournament teams from 2005-07 ... averaged 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists as a junior ... was the 2005 Class 6A Player of the Year ... named the 2005 All-Metro Player of the Year ... given the Sidney Lanier High School Leading Scorer Award in 2005 ... averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as a sophomore while helping Lanier High School to a 25-9 record ... was the first women's basketball player from Sidney Lanier High School to play Division I basketball.

Off The Court: Full name is Kayla Tranea Melson ... born January 17, 1989 ... daughter of Betty and Larry Melson ... majoring in exercise science.

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