24 - Melanie Thornton
Melanie Thornton
Height: 6-1
Year: Junior
Hometown: Carmel, Ind.
High School: Carmel
Position: F

Career: Enters her senior season with the sixth-most blocked shots in school history with 76.

2008-09 - Junior Season: Member of the Horizon League All-Defensive Team...named to the Holiday Inn &  Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team after averaging 8.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games...her 308 points, 227 rebounds and 71 steals were more than her freshman and sophomore season totals combined... tops the team and fourth in the Horizon League with 7.1 rebounds per game...second in the league with 5.2 defensive rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per contest...ranked seventh in the league and 96th in the NCAA with 2.2 steals per game...fourth on the team with 9.6 points per contest...team leader in rebounds in 14 of the 32 games...leader in points in seven games...tallied seven double-doubles...boasted 17 double-digit scoring games, including one with 20-plus points...tallied nine double-digit rebounding games...netted a career-high 23 points against Christian Brothers on Dec. 29.

2007-08 - Sophomore Season: Came off the bench in all 24 of her games played...finished second on the team with a .510 field goal percentage (26-for-51)...her 24 offensive rebounds were the fourth-most on the squad...scored a career-high 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field against Oakland City on Dec. 3...also pulled in a season-high eight rebounds while playing a season-best 15 minutes against OCU...was the bench high scorer in five contests...named the team's Most Improved Player.

2006-07 - Freshman Season: The top reserve post player, coming off the bench in all 31 of the team's contests...ranked fifth in the Horizon League with 0.9 blocks per game...finished seventh on the team with 3.0 rebounds per game...tallied career-highs with 10 points on two occasions, coming in back-to-back games at UIC on Feb. 10 and against Detroit on Feb. 17...also tallied a career-best nine rebounds against the Titans on Feb. 17, coming just short of her first double-double...twice registered four blocks, at Evansville on Dec. 6 and against Youngstown State on March 7...netted her only three-point attempt against Purdue on Dec. 10.

High School: Nominated as a McDonald's All-American as a senior...tabbed as a Top-40 player in 2004 and 2005...Indiana Junior All-Star and Indiana All-North Team member in 2005 and 2006...also named as an Indiana All-Star, Indianapolis Star North-South All-Star and Hoosier Classic All-Star in 2006...named to the Hamilton County All-Star team three seasons and to the all-conference squad in four...member of the Hoosier Basketball Magazine team...four-year letterwinner as a power forward and center...shot 45 percent from the field and averaged 5.2 rebounds as a senior...finished her high school career with 962 points...team captain as a senior...helped the team to a 20-5 record in 2006...also played AAU basketball for Indiana's Finest...team finished first in the state in six of her eight seasons and second in the other two...team was ranked as high as fourth in the nation...also lettered twice in track and field...named to the all-state team and all-conference squad in 2003...holds the school record with a 55 second split as the anchor of the 1,600 meter relay...her time helped earn a second-place showing at state...served as a Youth Athletic Ambassador for Carmel High School in promoting the NCAA Richer Principles Program...graduated with honors.

Personal: Born May 13, 1988...daughter of Don and Dee Thornton...exploratory business major.