Heather Bates
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Madera, Calif.

High School:
Madera HS '03

Last College:
Reedley College

Height:
5-11

Position:
W

Major:
Human Development

2006-07: ALL-DIV. I INDEPENDENT SECOND TEAM... Made admirable transition to post position after previously serving as a perimeter player... Started all 29 games, leading Aggies in minutes (1,029), scoring (367), rebounds (194), blocks (13), field goals made (129) and field goals attempted (288)... Was team's leading scorer in 10 games... Shot .448 from the floor, .339 (40-for-118) from three-point range, .758 (69-for-91) from the line... Scored in double-figures 22 times, including four double-doubles... Played at least 30 minutes in all but two games, including 40 at Cal State Fullerton (3/1) and 41 at UC Riverside (3/3)... Shot 10-for-15 for career-best 26 points at Cal Poly (2/1)... Hit three or more three-pointers on six occasions, including 5-for-9 at home vs. Cal State Northridge (2/17)... Scored 23 points with 10 rebounds that night... Grabbed career-best 13 rebounds vs. Boise State (12/8)... Shot .509 (27-for-53) during last five games of the season... Earned all-tournament honors at the Brown Classic, scoring 30 points in two games.

2005-06: Played in 22 games, making 3 starts... Scored 126 points (5.7 ppg) with 66 rebounds (3.0 rpg)... Shot 41-for-100 (.410) from the field, including 29-for-75 (.387) from three-point range... Ranked 3rd on team in both three-pointers made and attempted... Missed first six games due to injury, then played sparingly during comeback... Hit pair of three-pointers en route to 8 points in Aggie debut vs. Southern Utah (12/8)... Enjoyed breakout game vs. Auburn (12/28)... Shot 6-7 FGs, including 5 of 6 from beyond the arc, for 17 points... Earned D-I Independent Newcomer of the Week honors for 1/24... Scored season-best 20 points with 4 rebounds against Cal State Northridge (1/19), then followed with 17 points vs. Pacific two nights later (1/21)... Shot 12-for-20 from the floor, 9-for-16 from three-point range, during that two-game stretch... Grabbed season-best 8 rebounds at UC Irvine (2/23).

REEDLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds a game as a sophomore in 2004-05... Helped team to 19-9 record and berth in state playoffs.

UC RIVERSIDE: Appeared in 8 games, starting 5... Averaged 3.9 points, 3.4 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2003-04... Note: Retroactively awarded a medical hardship for this season, allowing her to play for UC Davis in 2007-08.

MADERA HS '03: First-team all-state (Div. I) selection as a senior... Also selected as MVP for both the Central Section and Tri-River Athletic Conference, and was named Player of the Year by the Fresno Bee that year... Averaged 21.3 points, 12 rebounds per game... Set school career scoring record at 1,969 points... Team went 27-2 and won TRAC title in her final season... As a junior, garnered second-team All-Central Section accolades and a Fresno Bee first-team All-Valley nod... Named to six all-tournament teams in her career... Earned first-team All-TRAC distinction three times, plus second-team recognition as a freshman.

PERSONAL: Born in Fresno, Calif.... Majoring in human development, with hopes for career in education... Parents are Jim & Ann Bates... Comes from athletics-oriented family: Jim played football at West Hills College, uncle John Belli played football at Cal, grandfather Dewey Belli was a two-sport athlete at Fresno City College and Fresno State.