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Marita Payne
Marita Payne

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Melbourne, Australia

High School:
John Paul College

Height:
6-5

Position:
Center

Birthdate:
11/25/1981

Experience:
3L

Summer of 2005:
Helped lead Australia to a bronze medal in the 2005 World University Games.

2004-05:
Led the nation in blocked shots with 141 on the season, a 5.0 per game average...Started all of her 28 games for the Tigers...Averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game...Broke the SEC single-season blocks record of 131 vs. Kentucky and ended the season with 141...Had a double-double at Vandy with 14 points and 11 rebounds...Named the SEC Player of the Week Feb. 7...Earned Auburn's first-ever triple double in win over Arkansas with 15 points, 13 blocks and 12 rebounds...The 13 blocks was a school and SEC record...Took over first place in all-time blocks at Auburn with 205 in her career at Georgia...Earned a double-double at Georgia with 11 points and 10 blocks...Had eight in home loss to Vandy...Led the team with 14 rebounds in loss at Jacksonville State...Picked up her career-high points with 17 in win over Rhode Island...Also had a double-double in URI win with 11 rebounds...For the second consecutive game missed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks vs. New Orleans...Just missed a triple-double at Tulane with 14 rebounds, eight blocks and eight points...Named to the all-tournament team at the Xavier Provident Bank Invitational...Tied her career high with a 16-point performance in UT-Chattanooga win...Now 1st in all-time blocks at Auburn with 270.

2003-04:
Broke the sophomore blocks record with 82 (Vickie Orr 57) and the all-time record of 73 (Linda Godby)...Had a double-double with a career-high 15 rebounds and 10 blocks...Broke the school record with 10 blocks at Kentucky and matched her own record with 10 vs. LSU three days later...Earned a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Kentucky...Had a career night vs. Mississippi State with 16 points and 6 blocks...Contributed 10 points and six rebounds in win at Arkansas...Scored nine points in 12 minutes at LSU...Had 24 points and 10 rebounds in Holiday Classic...Matched her career-high with 14 points vs. North Carolina A&T...Had a career-high 14 points vs. Notre Dame in the WBCA Classic...Had a career-high six blocks against both Notre Dame and Old Dominion...Started off her first three games of the season averaging 12.0 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game.

2002-03:
Became Auburn's all-time freshman leader in blocked shots with 47 total including four vs. Baylor in WNIT Championship game win...Contributed nine points and three rebounds in loss to Tennessee...Scored 10 points and added two rebounds in win over Arkansas...Was just shy of her career high with 11 points while adding five rebounds and three blocks vs. No. 5 Tennessee...Tallied eight points and two blocks off the bench in loss to Illinois...Scored 11 points and added three blocks in win over Appalachian State...Just missed a double-double scoring nine points and adding a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Alabama A&M...Tied her career high with 12 points vs. Furman and also earned a career-high five blocks...Tallied seven points and added three rebounds vs. UAB...Scored 10 points and added seven rebounds vs. Florida A&M in 79-42 win...Tallied four points in nine minutes in win over Prairie View...Scored a team-high 12 points vs. Troy State in her collegiate debut and added eight rebounds and three blocks.

High School:
Graduated from John Paul College...Played in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) in Australia.

Personal:
Born Nov. 25, 1981...Daughter of Ann and Dennis Payne...Brothers Brendan (28) and Andrew (31) and sister Narelle (26)...Majoring in psychology...Says her favorite quote is "you are only as good as your last game."...Represented her home country on the World University Games team during the summer of 2003...Lists the best sporting event ever attended as the 2000 Sydney Olympics.