NUsports.com special contributor Skip Myslenski sits down with Brittany Orban
2011-12: Team captain ... Tore her ACL 12 minutes into NC State game (11/30) ... Second in the League in offensive rebounds per game (3.7) at time of injury ...Was tied for second on the team in free-throw percentage (76.2 pct.) at time of injury ... started all but three games in her career at NU, including every game this season (until her injury) ... Contributed double figures in all but one game this season (until injury) ... achieved Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2010-11: Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week (12/27/10) ... Tallied 20 points at Western Kentucky, going a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line ... Pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds and scored 18 points in her first double-double of the season against LSU (11/14/10). Her 17 boards in a single game ranked second in the conference this season and her 5.8 rebounds per game placed her 15th overall ... Tied for fifth in offensive rebounds per game (3.2) in conference play this season ... First in the Big Ten in three-point field goals, connecting on 46.8 percent of her attempts ... Fourth in the league for offensive rebounds (3.1 rpg) ... Converted on a huge "and-1" opportunity in the victory over Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament ... Scored 20 points or more in four games this season ... Tallied double-doubles in five games ... Had a double-digit scoring streak of three games, three times.
2009-10: One of three players to start all 33 games ... Averaged 27.2 mpg ... Team's third-leading scorer and rebounder with 8.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg ... Second in three-point percentage, connecting on 40 percent of her looks ... Tallied double-figures in 11 games this season, including a 22-point effort at Loyola on 12/22/09 ... Shot 82 percent from the free-throw line, which registered second on the team ... Led NU in scoring four times and in rebounding on six occasions ... Matched a season-high with 10 rebounds against Michigan (12/28/09) ... Notched her first double-double of the year with 20 points and 10 boards against Chicago State (12/19/09) ... Registered a season-high 22 points against Loyola (Chicago) (12/22/09) and 21 points against Clemson (12/3/09).
2008-09: Started 27 of the 30 games as a true freshman ... One of the team's hardest workers ... Led the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.400) and free throws made (87), while averaging 24.5 minutes and 8.2 points per game ... Finished fourth in the Big Ten and second on the team in free throw percentage (.821) ... Received the Wildcats' Newcomer of the Year Award ... Collected a career-high 25 points and went a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line against Ohio State (2/15).
High School: Lettered in basketball, track, and cross country at Hoover High School ... Team captain in all three sports ... Helped her team win the district championship in 2005-06 ... Scored 1,887 career points ... Scored 1,000th career point in her junior season ... Averaged 20.3 ppg. and 10.6 rpg. ... Named Stark County Player of the Year ... Federal League Player of the Year ... Northeast Inland District Player of the Year ... District IV Player of the Year ... Three-year All-Ohio first-team honors ... Holds 13 school records ... Competed in the North vs. South and Stark/Summit Ohio All-Star games ... Played AUU basketball for the Queen City Jaguars, Ohio Legend, and the Tri-County Select (2004-2007).
Personal:Born Brittany Nicole Orban in Vancouver, Wash. ... Daughter of Larry and Margaret Orban ... Father played baseball at Ball State University ... Mechanical engineering major.