At Missouri State
One of the Lady Bears' top threats from beyond the three-point arc, Melissa Busby will be looking to close out her Missouri State career in style in 2009-10. The Edmond, Okla., native enters her senior year 10th on the Lady Bears' all-time three-point field goals list with 98 triples. MSU's lone senior, Busby is the club's active leader in games played (72) despite having to battle through injuries in each of her first three years in the program.
Busby saw action in 28 of Missouri State's 30 contests as a junior, averaging 3.9 points per outing and connecting on 27 attempts from long range, the second-highest total on the club...Saw her first game action of the season vs. Tulsa (11/19), recording a game-high four steals and scoring a team-high 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the field...Had her streak of 13 consecutive games with at least one three-point field goal come to an end vs. Oral Roberts (11/16)...Came off the bench to knock down a trio of three-pointers in MSU's 77-68 win over Chattanooga (12/20) after going 2-of-3 from long range the previous day in the Lady Bears' 19-point win over Stephen F. Austin...Matched her season high with a 13-point effort vs. Indiana State (1/17); posted career highs of nine rebounds and three blocks in the 24-point win over the Sycamores...Buried 3-of-5 three-point attempts to total 11 points in the Lady Bears' one-point loss to Wichita State in the opening round of the State Farm MVC Tournament (3/12).
Busby came on strong at the end of the non-conference season and was playing her best basketball just prior to suffering a season-ending injury in mid-February...Poured home a career-high 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting from three-point range in a 96-79 loss at Oral Roberts (12/15)...Connected on a career-best seven three-point field goals (7-of-12) and totaled 23 points in the Lady Bears' win over Canisius (12/21), then went 7-of-11 from beyond the arc, including 6-of-7 in the second half, to finish with a team-high 21 points in an 82-64 loss at WKU (12/29); her seven treys was good for the sixth-best single-game performance in school history...Scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half of MSU's win over Evansville (1/10), including three-pointers on back-to-back possessions with just over six minutes left to play that gave the Lady Bears a double-digit lead...Scored 10 points, recorded two steals and a block and pulled down seven boards in a 78-55 win at UNI (1/17)...Shared team-high scoring honors with a 16-point afternoon in MSU's 82-74 loss at Evansville (2/10).
Busby averaged 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds while leading the Lady Bears in three-point shooting percentage (.351) as a freshman...Finished third on the team with 24 steals, 23 of which came during MVC play...Knocked down five three-pointers in the first half of MSU's season-opening loss to Iowa (11/11) before finishing with 15 points...Missed seven games over the season's first two months after suffering a stress fracture in her right leg...Went 6-of-10 from the floor and scored a career-best 17 points in an 83-76 road win over Indiana State (1/11) and led the Lady Bears with five boards in a 76-47 loss at Illinois State two days later...Named MVC Newcomer of the Week (1/22) after averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists in two games.
Busby was a two-time OCSAA All-State First Team selection at Oklahoma Christian Academy and earned NCSAA First-Team All-America honors and a pre-season McDonald's All-American nomination as a senior...Led the Lady Eagles to an OCSAA state title, earning all-tournament and MVP honors as a junior...Helped the Oklahoma City Storm to second- and fourth-place finishes at the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships as a freshman and sophomore, earning NCHBC All-American honors each year...Was also an all-state selection at first base in softball her senior year.
Busby is the daughter of Chris and Chris Busby...Has two sisters, Jessica and Rebecca...Turned 22 just prior to the start of preseason practice...Is expected to graduate with her bachelor's degree in May 2011.