SAINT MARY'S (2003-07): Enjoyed solid Gael career despite long breaks due to injury... Sat out 2004-05 season and had shortened 2006-07 campaign due to different ailments... Earned West Coast Conference All-Freshman honors in 2003-04, averaging 8.6 points and shooting .415 from three-point range... Started 17 of 20 games played in 2005-06, capturing All-WCC honorable mention... Scored 204 points with 75 rebounds that year, tallying 10 games of double-figured offense... Was team's leading scorer through eight games in 2006-07 before losing remainder of season to an ankle injury... Posted career-high 22 points vs. Cal State Northridge on 11/24 of that final season.
URSULINE HS '03: Selected to Division IV All-State first team three times... Named MVP for North Bay League and Redwood Empire during each of final two years... Bears went 63-5 during those seasons... Also selected as one of Northern California's top 10 forwards both seasons... Averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds as a senior, improving from 16 ppg and 8 rpg as a junior... Team won three NBL titles, plus the North Coast Section banner in 2001-02... Selected to school's Principal's List (4.0 GPA or better) all four years... Also nominated for Press Democrat Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL: Born in Santa Rosa, Calif.... Grad student (master's degree) in exercise science...Granted relief from the NCAA's one-time transfer exception, allowing her to play as a grad student at UC Davis... Parents are Tom & Andrea Mertle... Younger sister, Heidi, plays basketball for Sonoma State... Heidi hit a three-pointer from beyond the midcourt stripe against UC Davis in a 2006-07 exhibition game... Career highlight was scoring 18 points vs. UCLA as a freshman... Lists her father as her non-sports hero and makes sure she calls him before every game.
Defense carries Aggies to Big West title game
Official watch parties hosted by Woodstock's Pizza in Downtown Davis
Madness begins in Anaheim for top-seeded Aggies
Gross Repeats as Coach of the Year; Five Aggies Honored
Both basketball teams featured in final Coaches Show
Gianotti’s career high leads Aggies in season finale
Bertsch’s big night lifts Aggies past Titans
Big West Tournament Central
(Friday: 12 p.m.; ESPN3)