Kristen Wood fans a career-best 14 to keep the Wildcats as the lone unbeaten in conference play
2014: Started every game at second base ... NFCA All-Region first-team selection ... All-Big Ten first-team selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Was hit by a pitch 17 times, breaking the school single-season record of 14 ... Clubbed the first home run of her career in a win over New Mexico (2/7) ... Finished a come-from-behind win over Utah (2/8) with two hits and three RBIs ... Contributed to a four-run, bottom-of-the-seventh rally in that game with an RBI double ... Batted .467 (7-for-15) at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic ... Was 3-for-3 with a steal against San Diego State (2/22) ... Later that day finished 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored against LIU Brooklyn ... Scored a career-best three runs and had an RBI in a run-rule victory over UC Santa Barbara (3/1) ... Entered the USF Under Armour Showcase with one-career home run, then clobbered one in each of NU's first three games of the tournament ... First brought the Wildcats back from a 2-0 deficit against Kansas with a three-run home run in the fourth inning (3/7) ... Later that night, broke open an eventual 7-2 win over South Florida with another three-run homer ... One day later, crushed a two-run home run against LIU Brooklyn (3/8) ... Finished 2-for-3 with a run against Western Michigan (3/8) ... Was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored against Northern Illinois (3/26) ... Clubbed a two-run homer and scored twice in a run-rule win over No. 19 Nebraska (3/28) ... Finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs against UIC (4/2) ... Was 2-for-3 with a triple in the series finale at No. 14 Minnesota (4/13) ... Finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs and a steal at Loyola (Chicago) (4/16) ... Doubled twice in a series sweep against Indiana (4/18-4/19) ... Finished a doubleheader sweep at Illinois 4-for-6 with three RBIs including a 3-for-3 performance in game two (4/22) ... Legged out a two-run triple at Ohio State (4/26) before hitting a solo home run the next day ... Batted .500 with five RBIs and two home runs in a series sweep of Michigan State (5/2-5/4) ... Clubbed a solo shot in the opener and jacked a three-run bomb in the finale, scoring two runs in that game ... Was 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and two HBPs in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament against Wisconsin (5/9) ... Had a three-run home run and scored twice in an NCAA Tournament elimination game versus Iona (5/16).
2013: Started 47 games in the infield, 43 at second base and four at first ... Also had three pinch running appearances ... Big Ten All-Defensive team honoree at second base ... Finished the season on a four-game hitting streak and batted a team-best .478 over the final eight games of the year ... Crushed a two-run triple for her first-career hit in a 2-for-4 performance with three RBIs against Middle Tennessee State (2/15) ... Batted .556 (5-for-9) and compiled a .714 on-base percentage in five starts at the Easton Invitational (3/1-3/3) ... Walked, was hit by a pitch and scored against No. 24 Oregon State (3/1) ... Went 2-for-2 with a run and a walk versus No. 16 Stanford (3/2) ... Finished 1-for-2 with two hit by pitches, two steals and a run versus Cal Poly (3/2) ... In a weather-shortened two-game series at No. 25 Nebraska (3/22), reached base in four of her five plate appearances with a single, a walk and a two hit by pitches ... Went 1-for-3 with a steal and a run in a win over Minnesota (3/31) ... Had a season-best three hits in a 3-for-4 day with a double, an RBI and a run scored against Iowa (4/13) ... Went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run in an extra-inning win at Penn State (4/20) ... Tripled, scored and drove in a run in the series opener against Purdue (4/26) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and a run in the finale with the Boilermakers (4/28) ... Was 2-for-4 in a win at UIC (5/1) ... Went 2-for-2 with a double at No. 10 Michigan (5/4) ... Was 2-for-3 in both of NU's Big Ten Tournament games, first in the opening round against Indiana (5/9) before doing it again in the quarterfinals against eventual champion Wisconsin (5/10).
High School: 2011 Chicago Sun-Times Female Athlete of the Year and Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year ... Three-time All-South Suburban Conference selection ... 2009 All-SSC Red Division Player of the Year ... 2010 Chicago Tribune All-State and Chicago Sun-Times and Southtown Star All-Area ... Competed in the Chicago Tribune All-Star Game ... Compiled a 25-3 record with a 1.04 ERA, 176 strikeouts, a .516 batting average and 56 RBIs while leading Richards to an eighth-place finish in the state in 2011 with a 32-3 record ... High school coach is Julie Folliard, a member of the Illinois Coaches Association Hall of Fame ... Also competed as a prep in basketball (four letters) and volleyball (three letters) ... Three-time All-SSC and 2010 SSC Red Division Player of the Year in basketball ... 2010 All-SSC in volleyball ... Played club with the Oak Park Windmills from 2007-10 and with Gerry Quinn and the Illinois Chill from 2010-11 ... National Honor Society member ... Earned Honors with Distinction recognition.
Personal: Born Brianna Susanna LeBeau ... Daughter of Bruce and Susan LeBeau ... Sisters Amanda and Brittany matriculated to UW-Whitewater to play softball ... Has an older brother, Austin ... Attended the same high school as Dwayne Wade ... Majoring in communication studies.