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15  Valeriya Berezhynska
Valeriya Berezhynska

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

High School:
Northwest Christian Academy

Height:
6-4

Position:
Center

Birthdate:
04/10/1986

Experience:
4L


Honors At Rice
2007 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
2008 Winthrop Adidas Classic (MVP)
Conference USA Player of the Week (Nov. 12, 2007), (Feb. 18, 2008) and (March 2, 2008)
2008 All-Conference USA Second Team

2007-08 Season (Senior)
Headlined the team with 17.0 points and 9.9 rebounds over 26.4 minutes per game in 23 starts ... finished 10th with 1,076 points and eighth with 687 rebounds on program lists ... her 17.0 points headlined C-USA, while her 9.9 rebounds were third if she qualified for the league rankings after missing nine games due to injury, including Rice's first eight C-USA games ... blocked 1.17 shots per game which also would rank 10th in C-USA ... upped her numbers to league-leading 18.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game en route to All C-USA Second-Team accolades after returning from injury ... one of three players in C-USA to average a double-double in league games ... won C-USA Player of the Week three times (Nov. 12, Feb. 18 and March 2) ... fired in doubles figures in 20 of 23 appearances, including final eight games of career (Feb. 14-March 7) ... poured in 20 or more points eight times, including four of her last seven regular season games ... scored 59.6 percent (232-of-389) of points in second half ... won Winthrop Adidas Classic Tournament MVP honors capped by matching a career-best 31 points on 10-of-17 shooting against Winthrop (Nov. 11) ... one of only two players in C-USA to score 30 or more points in a game during 2007-08 season ... one of five players in C-USA to rack up 10 double-doubles ... totaled 21 points and secured 15 rebounds against Clemson (Nov. 23) ... sealed Rider victory (Dec. 20) with blocked shot as time expired after pumping in 21 points ... recorded program's first career triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and a career-best 10 assists in nationally-televised game at Tulane (Feb. 14) ... eclipsed 20-point mark in four of five games (Feb. 16-March 1) ... poured in 26 points and pulled down 15 rebounds at SMU (Feb. 21) ... became 15th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points at Tulsa (Feb. 23) ... concluded regular season with back-to-back 23-point explosions against Marshall (Feb. 28) and East Carolina (March 1) ... hauled in a career-best 20 rebounds against the Thundering Herd ... scored 16 points to go along with eight rebounds in final collegiate game against No. 1 UTEP (March 7) in the C-USA Tournament.

2006-07 Season (Junior)
Appeared in 26 games and recorded 12 starts, playing in 22.8 minutes per game ... second on the team, averaging 12.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game ... her 8.0 boards per game were fourth in C-USA, while her 12.2 points were 16th ... upped her play in conference action, pouring in 14.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game ... notched double figures 17 times in points and seven times in rebounds to account for six double-doubles ... second on the squad, shooting a 42.7 clip from the field and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line ... had a stretch of six consecutive games with double digit points (Nov. 27-Dec. 21) ... recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds in double overtime victory against Ole Miss (Nov. 17) ... tallied 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting in upset over No. 10 Texas A&M (Dec. 1) ... poured in a career-best 31 points on 12-of-23 from the floor at Houston (Jan. 2) ... 23 field goal attempts tied her for No. 2 on all-time list ... added 19 points and 19 rebounds at Tulane (Jan. 7) ... scored 22 points and recorded four blocks against Marshall (Jan. 11) ... missed seven games (Jan. 21-Feb. 11) with an injury ... turned in a double-double in four of her last six efforts (Feb. 22-March 15) ... one of five players to earn C-USA All-Tournament Team honors ... totaled 16 points and a career-best 20 rebounds in Rice's semifinal upset of top-seeded Tulane (March 3) at the C-USA Tournament ... scored 15 points with 12 rebounds in WNIT loss at Illinois State (March 15).

2005-06 Season (Sophomore)
Started all 32 games, averaging almost 20 minutes ... dumped in 8.5 points a game and grabbed 5.8 rebounds on average ... led team in scoring at Memphis and at Indiana in WNIT, and six times led team in rebounding ... two double-doubles on the season ... scored career-high 18 points three times ... had a career-high 17 boards vs. East Carolina ... shot 77.1 percent from the free throw line, including a season-best 8-8 game vs. East Carolina ... blocked 33 shots and had 30 steals to go with 65 assists ... developed into a solid passer from the post and averaged almost 12 points and eight rebounds in final 10 games.

2004-05 Season (Freshman)
Saw action in 27 games as a freshman, averaging almost seven minutes a game ... scored a season-high 16 points in a Feb. 12 win over Tulsa ... grabbed season-high seven rebounds against Texas Tech Nov. 22 ... averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds a game.

High School
2004 graduate of Northwest Christian Academy ... four-year starter for coach Randy Wagoner and the Eagles ... three-time team defensive player of the year ... twice named to the all-Dade County second team ... two-time first-team all-state ... averaged 15.7 points per game, 3.2 blocks per game, 1.7 steals per game and 11 rebounds per game ... team was state champs in 2002 and 2003 and state runner-up in 2001 ... also played volleyball and softball ... softball team was district champion ... maintained a 4.086 GPA.

Personal
Daughter of Andrey and Anna Berezhynska ... born on April 10, 1986 in Nikolaev, Ukraine ... has one sister, Inga ... majoring in psychology ... member of Will Rice College.

Career Highs
Points - 31 (Last: at Winthrop, 11-11-07)
Minutes - 41 (at Illinois State, 03-15-07)
Rebounds - 20 (Last: vs. Marshall, 02-28-08)
Assists - 10 (at Tulane, 02-14-08)
Blocks - 4 (Last: vs. Marshall, 02-28-08)
Steals - 4 (Last: vs. SMU, 02-07-08)

Minutes Total 3-Point F-Throws Rebounds
Year gp-gs min avg fg fga pct fg fga pct ft fta pct off def tot avg pf fo ast t/o blk stl pts avg
2004-05 27-0 178 6.6 34 72 .472 0 0 .000 27 39 .692 22 44 66 2.4 35 1 10 16 10 6 95 3.5
2005-06 32-32 632 19.8 103 241 .427 3 14 .214 64 83 .771 43 144 187 5.8 95 2 65 75 33 30 273 8.5
2006-07 26-12 592 22.8 109 255 .427 8 24 .333 90 117 .769 61 146 207 8.0 81 3 27 57 23 18 316 12.2
2007-08 23-23 608 26.4 126 296 .426 6 23 .261 134 175 .766 70 157 227 9.9 78 3 38 82 27 30 392 17.0
TOTAL 108-67 2010 18.6 372 864 .431 17 61 .279 315 414 .761 196 491 687 6.4 289 9 140 230 93 84 1076 10.0

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