Jaleshia Roberson
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Jaleshia Roberson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kansas City, Mo.

High School:
Hickman Mills

Height:
5-9

Position:
Guard

Honors: Second Team All-MVC (2010)...All-MVC Freshman Team (2009)...MVC Player of the Week (three times)...MVC Newcomer of the Week (Feb. 2, 2009).

At Missouri State: Already one of the top five three-point shooters in school history, Jaleshia Roberson will once again play a leading role in the Lady Bears' offensive attack in her final year at Missouri State. The Kansas City native should become the 21st Lady Bear to top the 1,000 career-point mark while once again stretching Valley defenses with her long-range shooting ability.

2010-11: Roberson averaged 7.6 points per game as a junior and connected on a team-high 57 three-point attempts in 33 games...Her 1.7 three-point field goals per contest ranked ninth in the MVC...Was 19-of-20 (.950) from the foul line and 9-of-21 (.429) from beyond the arc in the final five minutes of regulation...Scored a team-high 12 points by going 4-of-11 from beyond the arc against Oral Roberts (Nov. 30)...Totaled 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting from long range in her first start of the season in MSU's Valley opener vs. Southern Illinois (Dec. 31)...Posted double-digit scoring totals in five of six games, Dec. 31-Jan. 16...Led MSU with 18 points and matched a season high with four steals in a 76-61 win over Illinois State (Jan. 11); hit on 4-of-9 long-range attempts to move up to fifth on the Lady Bears' career three-point field goal list...Shared team high-scoring honors Feb. 25 vs. Drake, finishing with a season-high 25 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range to move up to 23rd on MSU's career scoring list; also registered four steals to match her best total of the season...Scored in double figures in three straight games, Feb. 25-March 3...Knocked down three key treys and scored 14 points to go along with three assists in MSU's semifinal-round win over Indiana State (March 12) at the MVC Championship.

2009-10: Roberson tied for fifth in the MVC scoring race and connected on 91 three-point attempts, representing the second-highest single-season total in Missouri State history...Became just the 12th Lady Bear on record to top the 30-point plateau on more than one occasion in the same season...Ranked among the top 50 Division I players nationally in three offensive categories, including three-point field goals made per game (21st), three-point field goal percentage (43rd) and free throw percentage (50th)...Dished out a game-high four assists in MSU's 73-65 win at Arkansas State (Nov. 27)...Turned in a solid all-around effort at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 29), scoring 16 points to go along with a team-high six rebounds, three assists and three steals in MSU's 12-point loss...Registered 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range in MSU's 80-73 win over UTEP (Dec. 4); also converted all six of her free throw attempts and pulled down six rebounds in the win...Scored 11 points, handed out five assists and recorded a team-high three steals in MSU's 15-point win over Tulsa (Dec. 8)...Posted her fourth double-digit scoring effort in five games with a 15-point performance in MSU's 76-70 win over Murray State (Dec. 16), hitting two critical three-pointers down the stretch to help seal the victory...Led the Lady Bears with 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting vs. Oral Roberts (Dec. 19) to cap a week that saw her connect on 11-of 18 (.611) three-point attempts en route to earning MVC Player of the Week recognition (Dec. 21); her eight threes vs. ORU matched three other Lady Bears for the third-best single-game total in school history...Recorded her fourth straight double-digit scoring contest Dec. 22 at SIUE, totaling 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the 76-60 MSU victory...Went 7-of-7 from the free throw line and 3-of-8 from three-point range en route to an 18-point day in MSU's 90-80 win over UNI (Jan. 2)...Notched a career scoring high with a 36-point effort at Drake (Jan. 7); nailed 7-of-14 three-point attempts and went a career-best 9-of-10 at the foul line to become the first Lady Bear to register multiple 30+ point games in the same season since Tahnee Balerio in 2006-07...Scored 16 points, going 3-of-6 from three-point range and 7-of-7 at the foul line in MSU's win at Creighton (Jan. 9); named MVC Player of the Week for the second time after averaging 26.0 ppg., for the week of Jan. 4-10...Scored 10 points and matched a season high with six rebounds in MSU's 69-65 win over Indiana State (Jan. 16)...Scored 11 points and led MSU with three assists in its 81-72 loss to Illinois State (Jan. 18)...Went 5-of-9 from three-point range and turned in a team-high 23 points in a career-best 43 minutes in the Lady Bears' 92-85 overtime loss to Wichita State (Jan. 23)...Posted a career-high nine assists to go along with 11 points and a team-high six rebounds in MSU's 86-57 win at Evansville (Jan. 30)...Went 4-of-5 from three-point range to total a game-high 19 points in MSU's 70-64 win over Creighton (Feb. 5)...Hit four more threes to help lead the Lady Bears' comeback from an 18-point deficit to beat Drake (Feb. 7); earned her third MVC Player of the Week award (Feb. 8) after averaging 19.5 points in MSU's wins over Creighton and Drake...Went 5-of-8 from three-point range in MSU's loss at Illinois State (Feb. 14) to lead the Lady Bears with 20 points and move up to No. 7 on MSU's single-season three-point field goals list...Handed out seven assists and totaled three steals and 24 points on 4-of 6 shooting from three-point range in MSU's 83-72 win over SIU (Feb. 26)...Had eight assists and matched a career high with seven rebounds in MSU's win over Evansville (Feb. 28)...Turned in back-to-back 20-point games vs. Bradley (March 6) and Wichita State (March 12), shooting a combined 11-of-19 (.579) from three-point range in the two MSU losses...Led the Lady Bears with 14 points in their season-ending 65-53 loss to Illinois (March 25) in the third round of the WNIT.

2008-09: Roberson made 13 starts and was Missouri State's second-leading scorer and assister (2.3 apg.) while connecting on a team-best 31 tries from beyond the three-point arc...Named to the MVC's All-Freshman Team...Scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor to lead all MSU scorers in the Lady Bears' 67-64 loss at SEMO (Nov. 14); she became the first Lady Bear freshman to lead the team in scoring in her first game since Sarah Klaassen scored 23 points against Tulsa in her debut (Nov. 15, 2002)...In her first collegiate start, scored 16 points and recorded three rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in MSU's 61-52 win over Arkansas State (Nov. 23)...Came off the bench to hit a pair of critical three-pointers to help the Lady Bears pull out a come-from-behind 53-49 victory over UALR (Dec. 14) to stop a five-game losing streak...Led MSU with 13 points off the bench in an 82-63 victory over Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 19); also tallied four rebounds and four assists...Recorded her second straight double-digit scoring game with a 10-point effort vs. Chattanooga (Dec. 20) to help the Lady Bears close the non-conference season with their third straight win...Scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists in a 24-point win over Indiana State (Jan. 17)...Recorded her third straight double-digit scoring effort with a 13-point day against Wichita State (Jan. 24)...Turned in one of her best all-around performances of the season in a 76-63 win at Evansville (Jan. 29), finishing with 19 points, seven boards and four steals...Bested her career scoring high for the second straight game with a 26-point effort at Southern Illinois (Jan. 31), totaling 22 points in the second half...Named State Farm MVC Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 2 after averaging 22.5 points per game against Evansville and Southern Illinois...Registered six assists and a game-high three steals vs. Creighton (Feb. 6)...Recorded eight assists in the Lady Bears' 53-40 win at Indiana State (Feb. 14)...Led MSU with six assists to go along with 10 points vs. Wichita State (Feb. 21)...Turned in her 11th double-figure scoring effort vs. Southern Illinois (March 1), totaling 12 points to go along with a team-high three assists in a 69-57 MSU win.

Background: The Kansas City Star's Metro Player of the Year in 2007-08, Roberson capped a standout prep career by averaging 19 points, six assists and three steals per game in leading Hickman Mills to a 29-2 overall mark and the school's first state semifinal appearance since 1986...Was a first-team all-state selection and the Suburban Small Six Conference MVP, as well as Metro Sports' Player of the Year and a DiRenna Award finalist as a senior for head coach Steve Cassity's Cougars, who finished fourth in the Class 5 state tourney...A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, she totaled 1,568 points in helping the Cougars compile a 101-11 record during her high school career...Helped Hickman Mills capture conference titles in each of her four years and district crowns twice, as the Cougars advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2007.

Personal: Jaleshia Louise Roberson is the daughter of Andre and Julia Roberson...Born in Kansas City, Mo...Has five sisters, Andrea, Erica, Amanda, Shanta and Jameeha, and one brother, Deandre...Has one son, Ja'Dyn...Will turn 22 in January.

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