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Kara Pongonis
1   Kara Pongonis

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Springdale, Ark.

High School:
Springdale

Height:
5-5

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
07/24/1984

Experience:
3L


TULSA -- A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter . . . has played in 88 games with 61 starts . . . career averages include 7.1 (638) points, 2.0 (181) rebounds, 2.2 assists (194) and 1.7 three-point field goals per game . . . owns the school's career record for three-point field goals with 153 . . . has recorded at least one three-point field goal in 60 career games and has 25 career games with three or more treys . . . ranks fifth among TU's career leaders for assists and three-point field goal percentage (.352) and fourth for free throw percentage (.811).

JUNIOR (2004-05) -- Started 26 of 30 games and averaged 8.7 (262) points, 2.7 (82) rebounds and 3.1 (92) assists per game . . . led the team with 58 three-pointers, which ranks fourth among TU's single season leaders . . . ranks fifth among the school's single season leaders for free throw percentage (.800) . . . produced eight games with three or more three-point field goals . . . scored in double figures in 12 games . . . finished second on the team in assists . . . registered 19 points and five three-pointers vs. Louisiana Tech (3-5-05) . . . became TU's career three-point field goal leader vs. Fresno State (1-22-05) . . . drained four treys and finished with 14 points vs. Hawaii (1-29-05) . . . scored 11 points and dished out six assists vs. UTEP (1-8-04) . . . connected on four treys and finished with 14 points vs. Boise State (1-6-05) . . . turned in 16 points and four treys vs. SMU (1-1-05) . . . scored a career-high 24 points and finished with seven field goals and six three-pointers against Santa Clara . . . registered 20 points, five treys and four assists vs. Southwest Missouri State.

SOPHOMORE (2003-04) -- Started 19 of 31 games and averaged 8.9 (276) points and 2.3 (71) rebounds . . . led the team with 67 three-pointers, which ranks second on the school's single season chart . . . led all WAC players in three-point field goals . . . tied her career mark with seven field goals vs. Memphis in the WNIT First Round . . . finished with five treys against Memphis . . . nailed four treys and finished with 15 points vs. San Jose State (2/28) . . . notched back-to-back contests with four treys at Fresno State (2/19) and Nevada (2/21) and finished with 12 points in each game . . . also grabbed a career-best seven rebounds vs. Nevada (2/21) . . . finished with 14 points against Rice (2/14) . . . registered 13 points vs. Boise State (2/5) . . . turned in a 14 point, six assist performance against San Jose State (1/29) . . . registered five field goals, including three treys, and finished with 15 points at Rice (1/17) . . . finished with career-highs of seven assists and four steals against Stephen F. Austin . . . chalked up 22 points, seven field goals, six three-pointers and five assists against UMKC . . . her six treys ranks fourth among TU's single game leaders . . . registered five three pointers (5-of-8), five total field goals and 17 points against Missouri.

FRESHMAN (2002-03) -- Played in 27 games and earned 16 starts . . . averaged 3.7 (100) points and 1.0 (28) rebounds per game . . . made the first start of her collegiate career against Nevada (1/2) . . . scored the first points of her career against Ark.-Pine Bluff with two free throws . . . registered five three-pointers, 15 points and five field goals vs. SMU (1/25) and UTEP (2/15) . . . collected two steals vs. Rice (2/8) and Hawaii (3/12) . . . recorded nine points, three three-pointers and five assists vs. Boise State (1/18) . . . tallied six points against UTEP (1/16) . . . made her first appearance of the year against No. 24 Mississippi State.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Springdale High School . . . completed her career as a two-time all-state performer and a three-time member of the all-conference team . . . played in the Arkansas All-Star game as a senior . . . averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals as a senior and led the Lady Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the 5A-West Conference . . . named to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette's all-Northwest Arkansas Girls Team . . . was nominated to the 2002 McDonald's All-America Team . . . also named to the KURM Radio "Dream Team" during her final season . . . as a junior, she led Springdale to a state runner-up finish and averaged 14.2 points and 3.0 steals and assists per game . . . helped her AAU team, the Lady Belles, to a fifth-place finish and picked up MVP honors at the Arkansas Elite Basketball Camp . . . named to the all-area team by the Northwest Arkansas Times . . . also lettered in track and cross country . . . was an all-state cross country performer as a senior . . . high school coach was Sandy Wright . . . a member of Who's Who Among American High School Students . . . graduated first in her class.

PERSONAL -- A communications major . . . born Kara Kathleen Pongonis on July 24, 1984 . . . one of three children of Victor and Mamie Pongonis . . . married Tim Paslay on July 29, 2005, at Fayetteville, Ark. . . . named to the President's List (4.0) as a freshman and was selected to the Dean's List as a sophomore and junior . . . a three-time member of the All-WAC Academic team . . . named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI first team.

Career-Highs
Points - 24 vs. Santa Clara (12-21-04)
Field Goals Made -  7 vs. Santa Clara (12-21-04);
Memphis (3-18-04); UMKC (12-21-03)
Three-Point FG's Made - 6 vs. UMKC (12-21-03);
Santa Clara (12-21-04)
Free Throws Made - 6 vs. UTEP (1-8-05)
Rebounds - 7 vs. Nevada (2-21-04)
Assists - 7 vs. Stephen F. Austin (12-31-03)
Steals - 4 vs. Stephen F. Austin (12-31-03);
San Jose State (1-27-05)
Blocks - 1 vs. UMKC (12-7-04)

Pongonis-Paslay's Career Statistics YEAR G-GS FG-FGA PCT 3PTS PCT FT-FTA PCT REB-AVG AST ST BLK PF-D PTS-AVG 2002-03 27-16 31-84 .369 28-75 .373 10-10 1.000 28-1.0 26 11 0 11-0 100-3.7 2003-04 31-19 78-208 .375 67-174 .385 53-67 .791 71-2.3 76 28 0 46-1 276-8.9 2004-05 30-26 70-231 .303 58-185 .314 64-80 .800 82-2.7 92 36 1 43-1 262-8.7 Totals 88-61 179-523 .342 153-434 .352 127-157 .810 181-2.1 194 75 1 100-2 638-7.3