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Shalana Taylor
2  Shalana Taylor

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Flint, Mich.

High School:
Flint Northern HS

Height:
5-4

Position:
Guard

2006-07 (Junior)
Veteran guard who played in 28 games, picking up 16 starting nods ... started the final six games of the season, averaging 9.2 ppg and 5.0 assists per contest in stretch ... for the campaign, was second on the squad in assists and seventh in Conference USA after registering 3.7 helpers per game ... led Miners in assists in nine games, while sharing honors on two other occasions ... contributed 5.3 ppg while pulling down 2.5 rebounds per tilt ... minimized turnovers, committing 2.7 per contest despite playing 23 minutes per game ... checked in sixth in the league in assist to turnover ratio ... one of five players on the team with at least 40 steals, helping UTEP break school record in single-season steals ... tallied season-high nine assists in 27 minutes of action in win versus NMSU (11/22) ... scored career-high-matching 14 points while pulling down two caroms and ringing up five assists in win against Louisiana-Lafayette (12/10) ... connected on 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in the contest ... reached double digits in scoring in three of the Miners' final five contests ... nine games with at least five assists ... chipped in eight points while recording season-high six steals in 25 bench minutes against St. Mary's in campaign-opening victory ... contributed 12 points, seven assists, three steals and two boards in win against Tulsa (2/22) ... played season-high 40 minutes at Rice (2/1).

2005-06 (Sophomore)
Appeared in 16 games, making 14 starts ... dished out a team-best 4.5 assists per game while chipping in 4.8 points per contest and grabbing 3.3 rebounds per game ... averaged 29 minutes of playing time ... had her season cut short after injuring her ankle prior to taking on UCF on Jan. 15 ... previously had missed six weeks due to a knee injury suffered during practice on Oct. 12 ... guided UTEP to three straight triumphs, UTPA, Tulsa and SMU, by averaging eight apg, while also adding in seven ppg ... grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists in 49 minutes of action against Louisiana-Lafayette ... the 49 minutes played are the second-most in a single game in school history ... led the team to a win at Northern Colorado (12/13) with 10 rebounds, six assists and six points ... went a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc while dishing out a campaign-high seven helpers in the Miners' 80-34 thrashing of UT-Pan American (1/2) ... came off the bench in the season-opening win against NAU (11/20), scoring five points, securing four caroms and recording two assists ... followed that up with a 12-point, six-rebound showing in UTEP's victory over its rival NMSU ... shot 5-of-6 in the contest against the Aggies.

2004-05 (Freshman)
Named to the WAC All-Freshman Team ... played in 28 games, with 23 starts ... dished out a school-record 142 assists ... her 5.1 apg ranked 37th nationally and fourth among freshmen ... led UTEP to a weekend sweep of San Jose State (2/17) and Hawaii (2/19) with a combined 23 points, 16 rebounds and 17 assists, while playing all 80 minutes ... against the Spartans, she had 11 points, five rebounds (four offensive) and seven assists ... turned in the first triple-double in school history (men or women) with 12 points, 11 boards and 10 assists ... had four 10-plus assists games and at least seven assists nine times ... averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per contest ... ranked among the team leaders in assists (first, 142), minutes (second, 28.6), field goal pct. (third, .431), three-pointers made (fourth, 11), rebounds (fifth, 3.0) and scoring (sixth, 6.3) ... tallied six points, three rebounds and three assists in her first career start - at New Mexico State (12/14) ... in her first home start three days later against Northern Colorado (12/17), handed out 10 assists in 32 minutes ... the next game, she tied the then school record with 13 assists in UTEP's come-from-behind 72-71 overtime win at Illinois State (12/19) ... also set then career-highs in minutes (45) and steals (four) ... turned in consecutive 10-point, four-assist outings at Rice (1/6) and Tulsa (1/8) ... nine points, 12 assists against SMU (1/27) to open a four-game home-stand ... nine points two night later versus Louisiana Tech (1/29) before establishing scoring highs in the next two games ... had 12 points, seven assists in a win over Tulsa (2/3) and totaled 14 points, six assists against Rice ... scored nine points at SMU (2/26) ... set a UTEP postseason record with nine assists against Boise State (3/8) in the WAC Tournament.

High School
Four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Flint Northern HS for coach Letitia Hughley ... first team All-State Class A selection after leading the Vikings to the state championship game and a 26-1 record ... she averaged 18 points, seven assists, four steals and six rebounds per game ... shot 58 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free-throw line ... averaged 14 points per game as a junior ... played AAU ball for the Michigan Monarchs and coach David LaGrande ... led the Monarchs to the state title in 2004, a runner-up finish in 2003 and third-place showings in 2001 and 2002 ... also lettered in track and softball ... member of the National Honor Society and was a four-year Athletic Scholar.

Personal
Full name is Shalana Shardae Taylor ...... has one brother (Darius, 15) and one sister (Shamieka Banks, 25) ... communication major ... born on Nov. 2, 1985, in Flint, Mich. ... daughter of Shellie Taylor.

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