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  Leah Rush
Leah Rush
Player Profile

Amarillo, Texas

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2006-07 - Senior
Named honorable mention All-Big 12 and to All-Big 12 Championship team during her final collegiate season ... averaged 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds ... posted career highs in field goal percentage (.504), 3-point percentage (43.8), 3-pointers made (32) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.69) ... ranked No. 12 on the OU career scoring list with 1,418 points ... also in OU career record books for free throw percentage (5th with .795), offensive rebounds (5th with 233), games played (4th with 132), games started (5th with 116), minutes played (7th with 3,464), blocks (7th with 60) and double figure scoring games (9th with 73) ... senior season 3-point percentage (43.4) is the fifth best in OU history ... scored a season-high 19 points in the Sooners' first round NCAA Tournament game against SEMO (M17) ... one of three Sooners named to the All-Big 12 Tournament team ... scored 11 crucial points in the second half at Colorado (J20) ... netted 13 points, 11 in the second half, and career high 12 rebounds at No. 9 Baylor (J10) ... dished out season high four assists against Kansas State ... scored in double figures for sixth straight game against Northern Colorado (D17) ... streak was longest since her sophomore year ... canned three second half 3's in win over South Carolina (D7) ... knocked down four first half three-pointers in route to an 18-point day against Tulsa (D2) ... warrior-like effort against No. 21 UCLA by playing 40 minutes, scoring 15 points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing three assists and canning three 3-pointers.

2005-06 - Junior
Averaged 10.1 points, second on team, and 5.3 rebounds ... became the 19th member of the OU 1,000 point club when she scored 12 points against Baylor on Feb. 12 ... the ninth fastest player in OU history to reach the milestone ... named to the All-Big 12 Second Team for second straight season ... named the Most Underrated Player in the country by the Women's Basketball News Service ... set career single season highs in 3-point field goals (consensus preseason All-Big 12 selection ... scored in double figures on 18 occasions ... switched positions to power forward when freshman center Courtney Paris arrived ... regularly saddled with the toughest, low post defensive assignment ... ranked 15th in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.614) ... in conference only games, she ranked third in free throw percentage (.833) ... fourth on the OU career lists with a free throw percentage of .800 (241-301) ... also ranked ninth in blocks with 52 and 12th in starts with 86 ... the 86 starts have come in succession and are a team high ... finished junior year with 12 points and six boards against Stanford ... opened 2006 NCAA Tournament with 10 points on 5-7 shooting and eight rebounds in 24 minutes against Pepperdine ... stellar defensive effort limited Sophia Young to 15 points and only four FGs in the Big 12 Championship Game ... also contributed 12 points in the game and earned All-Championship Team honors ... well-rounded effort with eight points, six assists and six rebounds in quarterfinal match up with Missouri during Big 12 Championship ... scored 14 points, including nine of OU's final 12, in 73-54 triumph over No. 21 Texas A&M ... scored 12 points, including nine in second half and overtime, to help OU defeat No. 12 Baylor in Norman ... led all scorers with 15 points against Oklahoma State ... set a season high with 21 points at Missouri State ... poured in 19 points against UCLA on 5-for-9 shooting from the field (3-5 from long distance) ... Sooners second leading scorer with 16 points against Oral Roberts in the Bertha Teague Classic ... bailed Sooners out with 17 points against San Francisco ... scored 14 crucial points despite battling foul trouble at New Mexico ... named to All-Big 12 Academic First Team, All-Region VI Academic Team and the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (fall semester).

2005 - Summer
A finalist for the USA Basketball World University Games Team.

2004-05 - Sophomore
Named to the All-Big 12 second team after leading OU in scoring with 15.5 points per game ... ranked second on the club in rebounds per game with 6.3 ... nearly doubled points per game average from freshman season ... 84.7 free throw percentage (94-of-111) ranks second best on OU's single season list ... scored in double digits in 15 straight games and 25 overall, including eight 20-plus performances ... concluded the year among the Big 12's best in four categories including sixth in scoring and fourth in free throw percentage ... ended the season averaging 21.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in OU's last four games ...also had career-best 28 point performance against Arizona (M20) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... had personal bests of five made and six attempted three-pointers vs. the Wildcats ... led the team with 21.0 points per game during the Big 12 Tournament ... also averaged 6.5 rebounds and shot 90.0 percent from the free throw line and 51.6 percent from the field ... produced a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds against Texas A&M (M8) in OU's opening tournament game... collected 19 points vs. Texas (M9) in the quarterfinals ... matched a then-personal best of 26 points at Texas A&M (J22) on 13-of-17 shooting (76.5%) ... had 16 of then-career-high 26 points in the first half at Baylor (J16) ... netted 16 of her 23 points in the first half at Texas Tech (J5) ... was perfect from the free throw line in 16 games ... had 15 points and 11 rebounds for first double-double of the Big 12 season against Oklahoma State (M3) ... named to the Big 12 All-Academic second team ... earned Sooner Scholars and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll awards for the academic year.

2003-04 - Freshman
Averaged 8.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and shot 45.4 percent from the field ... also shot 82.2 percent from the free throw line ... ranked seventh in the Big 12 Conference in free throw percentage ... tied for fifth best in the NCAA Tournament statistics charts for most made free throws (9) and matched a tournament best with a flawless 9-of-9 performance from the stripe vs. Marist (M20) ... was one of three Sooners to average double digits in NCAA scoring with 13 points per game, second best on the team ... also averaged the third most rebounds with 4.5 boards per game over a two-game spread ... shot 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the foul line and 50 percent from the field (8-of-16) over those two games ... scored a then-career-best 23 points against Marist (M20) in first NCAA Tournament game on ESPN2, including a solid 7-for-11 showing from the field (63.6%) ... also had a career-best game against second seed and eighth-ranked Kansas State (M11) in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament ... hit 8-of-10 shots from the field (80 percent), including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, for 18 points ... finished the Big 12 Tournament ranked eighth in field goal percentage (54.2 percent), hitting 13-of-24 shots ... named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Jan. 12) after scoring 15 points and grabbing six boards while shooting 50 percent from the field vs. Texas (J10) ... scored in double digits in 12 games and produced two double-doubles ... produced first double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Texas A&M (J10) in first collegiate start ... recorded second double-double at Iowa State (J20) by scoring 12 points and grabbing a career-best 12 rebounds ... produced double digits in scoring in three of the last five regular season games, including 11 points against Texas, Baylor and Colorado ... recorded 16 points against Southeast Missouri State (N24), hitting 6-of-7 shots and 4-of-5 free throws ... grabbed 11 boards against ORU (N22).

High School
Street and Smith's High School All-America honorable mention pick as a junior and senior ... was a two-time Texas Association Basketball Coaches (TABC) and Texas Sports Writers All-State and all-region pick (2002, 2003) ... earned Texas' 2-5A Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior ... also voted to the Panhandle Plains and Amarillo Globe News Super Teams those same seasons ... was a WBCA All-America honorable mention pick as a senior ... earned L'Adidas All-America accolades ... also was one of McDonald's Dream Players Final 100 and a Wendy's High School Heisman nominee in 2003 ... ended her high school career ranked No. 28 in the Blue Star senior rankings, No. 18 in the All-Star Girl's Report and No. 24 by Full Court Press ... invited to Nike Camp prior to senior season and participated in the prestigous adidas Games following senior campaign ... also took part in the adidas Camp as a sophomore, earning all-star honors after participating in the underclassman game ... was a Pro-Look Sports All-State selection as a senior ... was voted Amarillo High School's MVP twice ... was 2-5A Player of the Year and TGCA All-State second teamer as a junior ... named 2002 Basketball Congress International All-American and BCI national champion ... participated on the USA Youth Development Festival All-Star team twice ... played three years for the AAU West Texas Star Hawks ... team won the national championship in 2001 and finished second in 2002 ... coached by Betsy Baughman ... played in the 2003 Oklahoma-Texas All-Stars game and scored eight points ... was a member of the West All-Stars team that played the East All-Stars team in conjunction with the 2003 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four ... voted Amarillo's Most Athletic Girl as a senior ... was a BCI national runner-up in 2001 ... earned first team Panhandle Plains and second team Amarillo Globe News Super teams as a sophomore ... named MVP of the Amarillo Tournament in 2001 ... was an all-district second team pick as a freshman ... was a four-year letterwinner who led Amarillo High School to four straight district championships and a flawless record from 2001 to 2003 ... served as team captain for three years (2001-2003) ... team also advanced to four consecutive regional semifinals (1999-2002) ... helped produce a four year record of 110-25 ... team was 23-8 in 2003; 30-6 in 2002; 31-3 in 2001; 26-8 in 2000 ... coached by Mike Martin, Laura Meinzer and Dale Blaut ... member of Who's Who and Who's Who in Sports in 2002 and 2003 ... earned academic all-district honors those same seasons.

Full name is Leah Ellen Rush ... born in Sunnyside, Wash., on Oct. 25, 1984 ... daughter of Charlie and Brenda Rush ... has an older sister, Katie (24), who graduated from Texas ... major is communications ... chose Oklahoma over Texas Tech, Colorado and Texas.

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