44 Mekia Valentine
44 Mekia Valentine
Birth Date: 03/06/1988
Height: 6-4
Year: Senior
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
High School: Dudley HS
Previous College: Wake Forest
Position: Forward/Center


UC Santa Barbara
All-Big West Second Team
All-Big West Tournament Team

An outstanding junior campaign saw her set several records at UCSB ... Her 120 blocked shots were a single-season record ... Became just the 11th player in Big West history to notch triple-digit blocks in a season and first since 1999-2000 ... Now holds the top three single-game marks for blocks and seven of the school's top eight ... Finished third in the nation with her average of 4.0 blocked shots per game ... After one season, her 120 blocked shots ranks fifth in UCSB career history ... Nearly averaged a double-double with 12.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game ... Posted 12 double-doubles on the season, most by a Gaucho since Kristen Mann had 14 in 2004-05 ... Best double-double performance came on Feb. 11 vs. UC Riverside when she had 26 points and 22 rebounds, the latter counting as the second-most in a game in UCSB history ... Shot 57.4 percent on the year, the second-highest shooting percentage in school single-season history ... Had 291 total rebounds, which is seventh all-time in a season ... Her 9.7 rebounds per game ranked 36th in the nation and were seventh in a season at UCSB ... She became the first Gaucho since Brandy Richardson in 2003 to lead the conference in rebound average ... In Big West play, she averaged 11.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game ... Nearly recorded UCSB's first-ever triple-double on two occasions: she had 16 points, a school-record 11 blocks and eight rebounds on Jan. 2 vs. UC Irvine and she had 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks vs. Pacific on March 10 in the first game of the Big West Tournament ... Finished the season with eight double-digit rebounding performances in the final nine games ... Her final four games of the season, she posted double-doubles ... Averaged 13.7 points, 15 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game in the Big West Tournament ... Opened the season with seven straight double-digit scoring performances ... Grabbed 21 rebounds (to go with 14 points) on March 6 at Cal State Bakersfield, which is third-most in single game school history ... Scored in double figures in 21 of the 30 games she played ... Had 14 games with double-digit rebounding performances ... Recorded 15 games with at least four blocked shots.


Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.

Wake Forest

Appeared in all 30 of Wake Forest's games as a sophomore, starting 12 ... shot nearly 48 percent from the field, averaging 6.0 points per game ... Led Demon Deacons in blocks with 44 ... pulled down 4.8 rebounds per game ... averaged 19.2 minutes per game.


Capped a stellar rookie season with ACC All-Freshman honors ... set a new freshman record of 50 blocks, which ranks second in the single-season record, 11 behind Lisa Dodd's 61 set in 1987-88 ... Valentine also set a new team record with nine blocks vs. Western Carolina, tying the previous record of five in the first half, adding four more in the second ... appeared in all 29 contests, starting 18 ... averaged 19.0 minutes per game ... averaged 5.9 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game...ranked third on the team in rebounds (135) ... hit 46.8 percent from the field to lead the team ... tallied season-high 16 points and pulled down 12 boards in loss vs. NC State (2/1) ... vs. Richmond (12/30) recorded season-high 14 rebounds, including 10 offensive rebounds ... one of three players who scored in double digits (12) in the ACC Tournament opening round against Florida State.

Prior to Wake Forest

Ranked as the No. 23 recruit and third-best power forward in the nation by Full Court Press: The Women's Basketball Journal ... Played senior season at Dudley High School after transferring from Greensboro Day School ... Named Dudley team MVP and 3A Conference Player of the Year as a senior ... McDonald's All-American nominee ... Named MVP of the North vs. South All-Star game ... Named All-Guilford Best Offensive Player ... Greensboro News & Record all-area third team selection ... Team MVP at Greensboro Day in 2005 ... Earned five varsity letters in basketball and three in track & field ... Adidas Top 10 Camp All-Star selection ... Played AAU ball with the Lady Phoenix for two years ... Named to the Who's Who of American High School Students.


Majored in chemistry at Wake Forest ... Born March 3, 1988 in Greensboro, N.C. ... Full name is Mekia Shanta Valentine ... Daughter of Lillian and Jerome Valentine ... Has one sister, Leslie.

YearG-GsMin-Avg        Fg-aPct3p-aPctFt-aPctOrDrTrAvgPf-DAstToBlkStlTpAvg

Totals89-602054-23        294-567.5060-0.000133-269.472563125706.4257-1137256214307218.1

* - while at Wake Forest