Shannon Bolden #22

First Name: Shannon
Last Name: Bolden
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 0
Position: Guard/Forward/Wing
Team: North Tartan
Class Of: 2002
School: Marshall High School
College: Minnesota
Years With North Tartan: 0


Golden Gopher Career Notes
One of the finest defenders in Minnesota history • a three-time recipient of the team’s Defensive Player of the Year Award • Two-year team captain • A starter in 95 of 121 career games • Scored 603 career points and a career scoring average of 5.0 points per game • Posted 14 double-digit scoring efforts in her career • Played in 12 NCAA Tournament games in Golden Gopher career • 2005 recipient of the Patty Berg Legacy Scholar-Athlete Award • a Big Ten representative on the NCAA Basketball Issues Committee and a member of Minnesota’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) executive board • three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree • Graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology (May, 2006).

2005-06 Season (Sr.)
Gopher starter at small forward and team tri-captain (with Shannon Schonrock and April Calhoun) • Named to the 2006 Big Ten All-Defensive Team • Started all 29 games and averaged 4.8 points per game • Posted four double-digit scoring efforts • Held Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson to 13 points on 5-14 shooting (2/19), while contributing 6 rebounds and five assists • Defended Iowa’s Ctystal Smith, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at the time, to a season-low 11 point on a 2-14 shooting performance • Led team in scoring with a season-high 12 points in win at Michigan • Hit a trio of three-point field goals in win over No. 9/12 Michigan State • Chipped in 10 points in win over Iowa State • Scored a season-high 11 points versus Nevada • Tallied six points, six rebounds and four assists in season opener versus San Francisco • Academic All-Big Ten • earned third varsity letter.


2004-05 Season (Jr.)
Starter at small forward and team tri-captain (with Shannon Schonrock and Janel McCarville) • Averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game • Scored in double figures five times • Shot 48.3 (29-60) percent from three-point range, the second-best percentage in school history • Honored with the Best Defender Award for the second straight season by her teammates • Tallied six points and six rebounds in Tempe Regional semifinal versus Baylor • Held Baylor’s top long-range perimeter threat Emily Niemann, who went on to All-Final Four honors, to just five points and 0-3 from three-point range • Scored 10 points with four rebounds and three assists in second-round NCAA win over Virginia • Held Ohio State’s Caity Matter to eight points (1-8 FG) in Big Ten Tourney semifinal and Tournament MVP Michigan State’s Kristin Haynie to six points in championship game • Pulled down a career-best nine rebounds, with nine points at Indiana • Held Illinois’ Angelina Williams to eight points (3-8 FG) • Defended Michigan’s Tabitha Pool, limiting her to eight points (4-10 FG) and single-digit scoring for the first time this season (1/20) • Held Purdue’s Katie Gearlds to three points (1-9 FG) in first meeting of 2004-05 • Scored 11 points while holding Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson to a 5-20 shooting night (11 points) in win over the Badgers • Scored 10 points with three assists versus Indiana • Held Santa Clara leading scorer Ashley Graham scoreless after entering game with a 14.7 points per game average • Limited Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Abby Scharlow (UW-Green Bay) to five points in the 28 minutes she guarded her • Missed two games (Detroit/Kansas) due to an ankle injury, breaking a streak of 38 consecutive starts • Led team with 15 points versus Arkansas State, including 3-for-3 from three-point range • Held the 2004 Mountain West Conference scoring champ, UNLV’s RanDee Henry to just two points • Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors • Earned third varsity letter.

2003-04 Season (So.)
Golden Gophers’ starter at small forward in all 34 games • Was honored with the team’s Defender of the Year Award • Moved to the perimeter after playing in the post as a freshman • Averaged 6.0 ppg., scoring in every game • Averaged 8.4 ppg. in NCAA Tournament • Drew the assignment of guarding Diana Taurasi in Final Four semifinal with Taurasi going 6-17 from the field • Scored 10 points, including three three-pointers, in the NCAA win over #1 Duke • Took on the assignment of guarding Duke’s Alana Beard in the NCAA Regional Final, and held the nation’s only unanimous first-team AP All-American and national player of the year to just 10 points (4-14 FG) • Scored 13 points in the NCAA Tourney win against Boston College • Tallied 10 points (4-6 FG) in NCAA win over 8/9 Kansas State • Four double-digit scoring efforts in 2003-04 • Scored 10 points and added a career- high seven assists in win over Northwestern (2/22) • Scored a career-high 18 points in a career-high 37 minutes versus Illinois (2/15), including hitting 3-of-4 three pointers • Made the first start of her collegiate career in the season opener versus Southern • Tallied career highs with eight rebounds and three assists versus Illinois (1/15) • Scored eight points, chipping in five rebounds and three steals, in the Junkanoo Jam championship game versus Southern California • Scored six points in her first collegiate start, the 2003-04 season-opener versus Southern • Earned second varsity letter • Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2002-03 Season (Fr.)
A versatile freshman, who saw the majority of her time at small forward position • Played limited but important minutes in NCAA games versus Tulane, Stanford and Texas • Scored two points and pulled down two big offensive rebounds against Stanford (3/24) • Came off the bench to average 12.3 minutes per Big Ten game • Scored six points in Big Ten Tournament game versus Iowa (3/7) • Tied season high with four rebounds at Michigan (3/2) • Scored season-high 11 points (4-5 FG) in 21 minutes at Illinois (1/26) • Played in 26 games on the season, averaging 2.9 ppg. • Made 16-18 free throws (88.9 %) • Missed first free throw at Northwestern (2/13) after making first 11 of her career • Scored nine points in her first collegiate game, vs. IPFW • varsity letterwinner.

High School Highlights
A 2002 graduate of Marshall High School • Minnesota’s 2002 Ms. Basketball • One of seven Minnesota Ms. Basketball to play basketball for the Golden Gophers, joining Shannon Loeblein (1991), Carol Ann Shudlick (1990), Laura Gardner (1978), April Calhoun (2001), Liz Podominick (2003) and Leslie Knight (2004) • A Student Sports All-America Senior Special Mention honoree • Street & Smith All-America Honor Mention in 2001 • AAU All-American in 2001 • Associated Press Co-Player of the Year in 2001 • 2002 Minnesota 3A Player of the Year • Two-time first-team all-state selection • Led Marshall to consecutive 3A state championships in 2001 and 2002 • Led Marshall to a 57-1 record over her junior and senior seasons, including a perfect 29-0 march to the state title in 2001-02 • Finished her high school career with 2,143 points • Averaged 23 points per game as a senior, 21 ppg. as a junior, 17 ppg. as a sophomore and 12 ppg. as a freshman • Named to the all-state tournament team her junior and senior seasons • Scored 22 points with nine rebounds in the 2002 state title game against Minneapolis North • Four-time All-Southwest Conference selection • Two-time all-conference honoree in the 400-meter dash • Graduated with a 3.97 grade-point-average and ranked seventh in a class of 226 • Honored with the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award.

Born January 6, 1984 • Kinesiology major • Recipient of the Simon and Karen Zeller Endowed Scholarship • Daughter of Lionel and Cindy Bolden • Oldest sister, Staci, graduated from Minnesota • Another older sister, Stephanie, played at South Dakota State and helped the Jackrabbits to the NCAA Division II national title in 2003.



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