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AT FIRST GLANCE
Has been the "straw that stirs the drink" for the Huskies and enters her senior campaign as one of the nation's best and most feared point guards...has staked her claim as one of the best guards in the nation as she has continued to flourish as she enters her fourth consecutive season as a starter in the backcourt...currently 23rd on UConn career scoring list with 1,346 career points...ranks 10th among UConn's career steal leaders at 205 - 35 behind Cathy Bochain for ninth place overall...also sits in 10th place on the UConn career assist list at 433 - 23 behind Shea Ralph for ninth place...has posted double-figure points 73 times during her career and 29 times in 2007-08...has started 109-of-111 career games ... has posted 20 or more points 13 times in career...has scored in 97 consecutive games...has made 99 consecutive starts...posted double-figure points in 27 of last 30 games overall.
2008 State Farm First Team All-America....2008 Associated Press Third Team All-America choice...named to the 2008 Greensboro All-Region squad...was selected as an All-BIG EAST First Team choice for the second consecutive season...was also selected to the All-BIG EAST Tournament Team for the third consecutive season...named a Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist for the second consecutive season...ranked 22nd nationally and third in the BIG EAST with a +1.96 assist/turnover ratio...ranked 12th among BIG EAST assist leaders at 3.87 per game...ranked 15th among BIG EAST scoring leaders at 14.1 ppg...moved to shooting guard slot on Jan. 19 vs. Cincinnati, following season-ending injury to Mel Thomas, after playing majority of career at point guard...Tallied 15 points and three steals, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line in Greensboro Regional Final win over Rutgers (4/1)...registered 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in Greensboro Regional Semifinal win over Old Dominion (3/30)...posted 17 points while shooting 7-of-12 from the field along with five assists and three steals in NCAA second round win over Texas (3/25)...registered 10 points and four steals in NCAA first round win over Cornell (3/23)...averaged a team-best 18.0 points while adding 3.3 assists over a team-high 34.0 minutes per game in UConn's three-game run to the 2008 BIG EAST Tournament championship...tallied 20 points, including a perfect 11-of-11 clip from the free throw line in BIG?EAST Tournament Final win over Louisville (3/11)...scored a team-high 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting while playing 39 minutes in win over Rutgers (3/3) to clinch 2008 BIG EAST Regular Season Title...dropped 23 points while playing all 40 minutes in UConn come-from-behind win at DePaul (3/1)...tallied 18 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in win over St. John's (2/23)...also recorded 400th career assist vs. St. John's (2/23)...dropped 17 points while adding five assists at Pittsburgh (2/17)...registered 17 points, five assists and two steals over 31 minutes in win at Seton Hall...erupted for 24 points while playing all 40 minutes at Rutgers (2/5)...handed out a career-best 10 assists while adding eight points and four steals in win over Providence (2/2)...dropped 21 points, while shooting 7-of-15 from the field and adding three steals in win over South Florida (1/30)...rang up 20-plus point for second straight game with 26, including six 3-pointers, in win over North Carolina (1/21)...combined 13 treys in wins over Cincinnati (1/19) and North Carolina (1/21) rank as the highest total ever by a UConn player in back-to-back games...dropped a career-best 27 points while hitting seven 3-point field goals (tied for second-best single-game effort in UConn history), while shooting 10of-17 overall from the field in win over Cincinnati (1/19)...notched seventh double-figure scoring effort in last eight games with 14 points while playing all 40 minutes in win at Syracuse (1/15)...tallied 12 points and seven assists in win at Louisville (1/12)...tied career high with nine assists in win over West Virginia (1/9)...registered double-figure points for fifth consecutive game with 13 while adding a season-best eight assists at Purdue (1/6).
Appeared and started in all 36 games as the Huskies' point guard...tallied double-figure points in 29 games, including four 20-point plus scoring efforts...led the team with a 13.3 scoring average and 163 assists...led the team in charges taken with 12...tied for the team lead with 70 steals...named first team All-BIG EAST...selected to the Kodak/WBCA All-District I Team...was a honorable mention Associated Press All-America...a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award...led the USA U-20 National Team to a gold medal during the summer prior to the start of the season at the FIBA U-20 Championship for Women in Mexico City... ranked 18th among BIG EAST scoring leaders at 13.3 ppg...ranked fifth in the BIG EAST with average of 4.53 assists per game...tied for ninth among BIG EAST Conference leaders at 1.94 steals per game...ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in assist turnover ratio at 1.72... her team-leading 479 points in 2006-07 ranks as the eighth-highest scoring total ever by a UConn sophomore...her team-best 163 assists ranked as the second-best total posted by a UConn sophomore...Montgomery's 70 steals in 2006-07 represented the fifth-best total in UConn annals by a sophomore...finished the 2006-07 season with nine consecutive games with double-figure points...tallied a team-high 17 points while playing 40 minutes in NCAA Regional Final vs. LSU (3/26)...totaled 12 points and eight assists in NCAA Regional Semifinal win over N.C. State (3/24)...registered 16 points second-round win of NCAA Tournament vs. UW-Green Bay (3/20)...scored a game-high 19 points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against UMBC (3/18)...averaged 11.7 points per game in the BIG EAST Tournament playing 32.0 minutes per contest, while posting double-figure points in each contest...led the team with 21 points against Rutgers (2/26)...scored 13 points while adding eight assists vs. Villanova (2/24)...recorded 17 points and was 4-of-5 from 3-point range vs. Pittsburgh (2/17)...dropped in 20 points and dished out seven assists against Louisville (2/13)...scored the game-winning 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining to cap off a 20-point scoring effort which included a career-high five treys and seven assists at LSU (2/12)...tallied 10 points, six steals and four assists vs. Rutgers (2/6)...scored 12 points at Marquette (2/3)...totaled 14 points in 31 minutes of action at Cincinnati (1/30)...scored 15 points at St. John's (1/21)...dropped home 12 points while shooting 5-of-7 with a season-high six steals against Providence (1/17)...had 10 points a tied a career-high with nine assists vs. Syracuse (1/13)...scored 17 points with four treys vs. Seton Hall (1/9)...also added eight assists vs. Seton Hall (1/9)...had eighth straight game in double-figure points with 14 while handing out five assists vs. Sacred Heart (12/31)...posted 16 points vs. Hartford (12/29)...dropped 19 points and tied a career-best with eight free throws made vs. Colorado State (12/21)...scored 17 points and tied a career-best in assists with nine at Virginia (12/18)...totaled 11 points in 25 minutes in the BIG EAST opener against Georgetown (12/7)...dropped in 16 points over 33 minutes in the win over Holy Cross (12/5)...nailed a career-best nine field goals tied career-high with 26 points in the win vs. Purdue (11/30)...also was a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in win over Purdue (11/30)...posted 12 points in 25 minutes vs. Colgate (11/16).
Named 2006 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year...tied the UConn freshman assist record with 123...averaged 8.9 points, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals during freshman season...notched double-figure points 15 times as a freshman...started 35 of the Huskies 37 games at point guard...named to BIG EAST All-Freshman Team...named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on two occasions...named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for the period ending Jan. 15 and Feb. 6...she became the second consecutive true freshman to open the season as point guard for the Huskies in as many seasons after Ketia Swanier began the year as the starter in 2004-05...posted 15 points in 43 minutes in Bridgeport Regional Final vs. Duke (3/28)...scored 13 points and made three 3-point field goals in NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Georgia (3/26)...was the leading scorer for UConn with 14 points in loss at Rutgers (2/27)...led the Huskies with 19 points in win at Syracuse (2/22)...scored a career-high 26 points and shot 8-8 from the free-throw line to lead the Huskies in win over Louisville (1/31)...the 26 points represented the highest single-game total by a UConn player in a 57-game span...12 points in win over Cincinnati marker her second consecutive game scoring in double figures (1/12)...posted the first 20-point scoring effort of her career while setting new career-highs in field goals with eight and three-pointers with three in victory at Seton Hall (1/10)...tallied a career-high 10 steals ranking her third in school history in the Huskies win over Hofstra (12/22)...netted a career-high 14 points in 35 minutes in the BIG EAST conference opener against Villanova (12/8)...saw 22 minutes of action and had three points in WNIT championship against Oklahoma (11/20)...sparked UConn's 12-2 second half run with two steals in the WNIT semifinal win over Boston College (11/17)...became second true freshman to open the season at the point for UConn in as many seasons vs. Marist (11/12)...dished out three assists over 19 minutes in collegiate debut vs. Marist (11/12).
Averaged 22.5 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals while leading South Charleston High School to the West Virginia Class AAA Final as a senior...guided South Charleston H.S. to three consecutive state championships from 2002-04...2005 McDonald's All-America...2005 Gatorade West Virginia High School Player of the Year...2005 Street & Smith Third Team All-America...Associated Press West Virginia Player of the Year as a senior...2005 WBCA Honorable Mention All-America...three-time first-team all-state selection (2003-05)...three-time all-conference choice (2003-05)...averaged 20.7 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals as a junior...posted double-figure points in all four years of prep career...member of four straight 20-plus win teams...three-time selection to the West Virginia State All-Tournament Team...broke the West Virginia State Tournament single-game steals record with nine thefts in 2003...2004 Street & Smith Third Team All-America...2003 Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-America...was a captain each year of her high school career...also lettered in soccer.
Born Renee Danielle Montgomery on December 2, 1986...parents are Ron and Bertlela Montgomery...communications major.