At Missouri State
Melissa Carman returns as the lone senior on the Missouri State roster in 2006-07. A two-year letterwinner, Carman saw action in 22 games over the past two years since transferring from the University of Kansas. Her work ethic and dedication wil serve as a model for a youthful Lady Bears squad.
Carman knocked down a pair of free throws and established a new career high by grabbing two rebounds in the Lady Bears NCAA Tournament loss to Purdue (Mar. 19). Melissa hit 2-of-2 free throws for her only other points of the season at Creighton (Jan. 9).
Carman joined the Lady Bears after spending one season with the Kansas Jayhawks. She turned in two points against UALR (Nov. 29) and tied that career high with two points on 2-of-2 shooting from the free-throw line at Wichita State (Jan. 30). Carman made her first career steal in the Lady Bears' opening round game of the WNIT against Southern Methodist. The Springfield, Mo. native had two points and grabbed a rebound against SIU (Jan. 8) in the first meeting with the Salukis and was perfect from the field in 2004-05, going 2-for-2.
In one season with the Jayhawks, Carman saw action in two contests, and went 1-for-1 from the field for two points and picked up two rebounds. She was a Jayhawk Scholar-Athlete and won the women's basketball freshman academic award.
Carman started her sophomore through senior seasons at Springfield Catholic High School for head coach Bobby Cornelison. In her freshman campaign, the Fightin' Irish won the district championship. As a senior, Carman led Springfield Catholic in scoring and rebounding and was named team MVP. She was also named to the Sparta All-Tournament Team in 2001 and 2002.
The daughter of Michael and Mary Carman, Melissa Diane was born February 21, 1984, in Wichita, Kan. Melissa has one brother, Adam, and a sister, Laura. She is majoring in business.