FEATURE STORY: Four Thousand Miles From Home
As a Senior (2012-13):
Played in 31 games, starting 30, averaging 4.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game... Tallied her first career double-double with a career outing against Samford with a career high 14 points, 11 assists and nine steals... The 11 assists are tied for 19th all-time at Auburn... The double-double was the 25th all-time at Auburn made up of points and assists... Recorded 14 assists against Ole Miss, a mark that is tied for fifth all-time at Auburn and is the most for a Tiger since 1988... The 14 assists were also the most in the SEC and tied for fourth most in the country... Led the team in assists in 23 games, with three double digit assist games... Tallied five or more steals on five occasions, including a career-high of nine against Samford... The nine steals were tied for the most in the SEC during the season and tied for 13th in the NCAA in single-game steals... The nine seals were also just one off the Auburn record and are tied for fourth all-time at AU in single-game steals... Recorded 81 steals season, which is the most all-time by an Auburn senior, breaking the previous record of 76 that was held by Carolyn Jones, Ruthie Bolton and Mae Ola Bolton... Her 81 steals are also rank third all-time at Auburn in single-season steals... Her 178 assists ranks sixth all-time at Auburn in single-season assists by a senior... Finished second in the SEC in assists per game with 5.7, third in steals per game with 2.6, and eighth in in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.4... In SEC-only games she finished third in assists per game with 5.5, fifth in steals per game with 2.6, and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.2... Finished 26th in the nation in assists per game with 5.7 and 59th in the country in steals per game with 2.61... Finished her career with 259 assists which ranks 14th all-time in Auburn history... Finished her career with an assist average of 4.2 which places her seventh in Auburn history... Finished her Auburn career with 239 points (3.9 per game), 190 rebounds (3.1), 259 assists (4.2) and 133 steals (2.2).
As a Junior (2011-12):
Played in all 30 games while starting 18... Started in the final 14 games of the season... Scored a season high 10 points vs. Alabama on Feb. 23... Dished out a season high eight assists vs. South Carolina-Upstate on Nov. 27... Grabbed a season-high six rebounds at Alabama on Jan. 5 ... Snagged seven steals at Vanderbilt on Jan. 12... Her seven steals at Vanderbilt tie for sixth all-time at Auburn in single-game steals... Her 52 steals on the season ranks 10th all-time at Auburn in single-season steals by a junior... Finished the season ranked 11th in the SEC in steals per game with 1.7... In SEC-only games, she was 13th in the SEC in assists with 2.5 per game and seventh in steals with 1.9 per game... Averaged 3.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.7 steals per game.
During her two years at Pensacola State College, Ouardad was a two-time All-Panhandle Conference selection... As a sophomore, she averaged 6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game, after averaging 6.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a freshman... Led Pensacola State to a third-place finish at the 2011 NJCAA National Basketball Championship, compiling a 36-1 record along the way... Pensacola State also notched a perfect 12-0 record in the Panhandle Conference, winning the league title, along with the Florida State and Region 8 titles... Pensacola State finished second in the Panhandle Conference during her freshman year and was the only team to beat eventual national champion Gulf Coast Community College.
While in France, she played for the French National Team at the 2006 FIBA U16 European Championship, averaging 5.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 4.3 steals per game during the European Championship... Her best game came against Belarus when she tallied 17 points, 12 steals and four assists... Ouardad moved to the United States for her sophomore year of high school, prepping at Forsyth Country Day in Lewisville, N.C., where she helped lead the team to back-to-back state championship appearances... Transferred to Oak Ridge Military Academy in Oak Ridge, N.C., for her senior year... While at Oak Ridge, Ouardad averaged 42 points per game, earning All-State honors.
A native of Orleans, France, she is the daughter of Mohammed and Mina Ouardad... Her father was a professional soccer player in Morocco... She is one of six children and has three sisters: Fatima-Zahra (34), Laila (31) and Fatiha (29), and two brothers: Mohamed (27) and Adil (16)... Born June 23, 1990 in Orleans, France... Her cousin, Alex Tchangoue, played basketball at Wake Forest and currently plays professionally in Europe... Is just the second Auburn player from France, joining Justine Agbatan (1995-96)... Majoring in Public Administration.
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