Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
High School: August Martin/Patterson/Notre Dame Prep
Senior Year (2009-10)
Finished first on the team with 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest • Named an All-Region nominee for the 2010 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team • Named to BIG EAST First Team • At Michigan in the WNIT, became the only player to twice reach the 500-point plateau after scoring five points • Against VCU in the WNIT, registered a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds • Against Richmond in the WNIT, scored a team-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting • Against Providence in BIG EAST Tournament, scored 12 points • Missed game against Seton Hall in BIG EAST Tournament due to foot injury • Against West Virginia, left the game early due to foot injury • At DePaul, had a team-high tying 20 points and six rebounds • At Rutgers, became SU’s all-time leading rebounder while recording her 30th career double-double with 11 rebounds and 14 points • Against Cincinnati, tallied second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, while matching a season-best three steals • At Villanova, had 23 points and 15 rebounds, while tying a school record with 28 field goal attempts • Named the BIG EAST and ECAC Player of the Week for her performance against Pittsburgh and Marquette • Against Marquette, had a team-high 18 points • At Pittsburgh, became Syracuse’s all-time leading scorer after scoring a team-best 27 points and registering a double-double with a team-leading 10 rebounds • Against Notre Dame, scored 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds • Against St. John’s, recorded a double-double on a team-best 22 points and 12 rebounds, while registering a season-high in offensive rebounds (7) and a career-high tying four blocks • At Louisville, was one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds • Against Rutgers, led the team with 16 points • Against Brown, shot 7-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-8 from the 3-point line for 19 points • Against Georgetown, recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds • Against Dartmouth, led the team with 14 points on 6-of-7 from the field and had two blocks • Named to the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team • Recorded 18 points against both Old Dominion and Butler • Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll for her performance in SU’s first four games of the season • Registered the best game of her career against Binghamton, when she went 8-of-12 from 3-point range and scored 36 points, along with a career-best tying 17 rebounds • Her career-best eight 3-pointers tied a Syracuse record • Against Alabama State, recorded her 23rd career double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Junior Year (2008-09)
Was named to the BIG EAST Honorable Mention Team for the third consecutive year and became the third SU player to earn BIG EAST honors in three straight seasons • Second on the squad and sixth in the conference with 8.5 rebounds per game • Top 20 scorer in the BIG EAST and third on the team with 14.7 points per game • Recorded seven double-doubles and eight 20-plus point games • At Bowling Green in the WNIT, recorded 22 points behind 10-of-15 shooting and 13 boards • Against Canisius in the WNIT, scored six points and pulled in nine rebounds • Against St. John’s in the BIG EAST Tournament, scored eight points and collected 10 rebounds • Michael was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the second time in 2008-09 after averaging 20.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals in SU’s last three regular-season games • Against Providence, hit the 22-point plateau behind 7-of-14 shooting in a season-high tying 34 minutes of play • At West Virginia, recorded 22 points behind 9-of-14 shooting and a game-high 13 rebounds • At Notre Dame, tallied 17 points and seven boards • Against Georgetown, scored 14 points behind a season-high 11-of-14 clip from the free-throw and grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds • Against DePaul, scored 14 points, pulled down seven boards and recorded a season-high four steals • Was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for her performance at St. John’s where scored a game-high 23 points and collected 12 rebounds • Against South Florida, led the team with a season-high 27 points behind a season-best three trifectas and 13 rebounds • At Louisville, posted 14 points behind 6-of-10 shooting • At Marquette, scored 18 points • Against Pittsburgh, tallied 20 points by going 8-of-14 from the field • At Connecticut, tallied 11 points • Against Seton Hall, had 22 points along with six rebounds • At Cincinnati, tallied 16 points behind a 6-of-12 clip from the field • Against Rutgers, scored 15 points to become the 18th player in Syracuse history to break the 1,000-point career milestone, tying Felisha Legette (1985-89) as the second fastest player in SU history to hit the mark (72 games) • Also dominated the glass, pulling down a game-best 14 rebounds • At Georgetown, scored 10 points and tied a career-best with four blocks • Against Princeton, scored 14 points and had a game-high eight rebounds • Against Ohio, scored 23 points in 31 minutes of play • Against Niagara, scored 18 points • Against Lehigh, recorded 15 points, 11 boards, three steals and two blocks • Against Longwood, returned to the hardwood after an injury she suffered at Ohio State and scored a game-high 14 points • At Ohio State, she had a big day under the glass by tying a career-high with eight offensive rebounds and registered a season-best 15 total boards to go along seven points • At UMES, posted 13 points behind 6-of-7 shooting.
Sophomore Year (2007-08)
Received BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades for the second consecutive season • Was fourth on the team with 12.3 points and third with 7.4 rebounds per game • Was selected to the Warhawk Classic All-Tournament Team • Against Hartford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, pulled down eight boards • Against South Florida in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship, scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds • Against West Virginia, registered five points and seven rebounds • At Rutgers, recorded three points and three rebounds • Against Georgetown, scored 12 points and grabbed nine boards • Against Cincinnati, scored 11 points • At Providence, scored nine points • Against Notre Dame, scored 14 points and added three steals • At Seton Hall, tallied 10 points and seven rebounds • Against Marquette, scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds • At Georgetown, totaled 16 points • At DePaul, scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards • Against St. John’s, scored a season-high 20 points and added eight rebounds • At Villanova, scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds • Against Connecticut, posted 13 points • At South Florida, scored 13 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds • At Pittsburgh, posted 16 points • Against Louisville, had 15 points and 11 boards and had a career-high tying four rejections • Against St. Bonaventure, grabbed 10 boards • Against Siena, posted a season-high 19 points and a career-high tying five steals • Against Saint Peter’s, registered 11 points and 12 rebounds • Against Maryland Eastern Shore, had 12 points and 12 rebounds • At Princeton, tallied 12 points by shooting 5-for-8 • Against Penn State, led the team with 16 points • At Louisiana-Monroe, tallied 15 points and nine boards • Against Eastern Kentucky, scored 14 • At Colgate, totaled nine points • Against Lehigh, led the team with 18 points and grabbed eight boards • Against Coppin State, tallied 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Freshman Year (2006-07)
Was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team and received honorable mention all-conference honors • Became the first player to eclipse the 500-point plateau in a single-season, setting the Syracuse season record with 501 points • Set school records with 156 free throws made and 220 free-throw attempts • Average of 17.3 points per game ranks seventh in the program’s history and her 248 total rebounds is ninth-most at Syracuse and the third-highest total by a SU freshman • Scored the most points by a Syracuse freshman since the Orange began competing in the NCAA, scoring 31 points in the season finale against Cincinnati • Ranked sixth in the BIG EAST and 56th nationally with 17.3 points per game and also ranked fourth in the conference and 73rd in the NCAA with 8.6 rebounds per game • First among BIG EAST freshmen in both points per game and rebounds per game • Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on four occasions and earned BIG EAST Honor Roll accolades once • Posted nine double-doubles during the season, the seventh-most in school history and the fourth-most by a freshman • Recorded at least 20 points 10 times • Led the Orange in scoring 17 times • Also finished second on the team in steals (39) and field-goal percentage (.417) • Against Cornell, scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded four assists • Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Nov. 27) following her performances against Saint Peter’s and Niagara • At Saint Peter’s, led the Orange with 19 points and added six rebounds • Against Niagara, recorded 26 points and 16 rebounds • Earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Dec. 4) accolades for the second consecutive week after games against Colgate, Rhode Island and UC Davis • Posted 16 points at Colgate to become the first freshman since Julie McBride (2000-01) to lead the team in scoring in four consecutive games • Also posted five assists and three steals against the Raiders • Named the Brown Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 18 points and 9.5 rebounds • Led the team with 18 points and added five rebounds against Rhode Island in the opening round • Became the first SU player to lead the team in scoring for five consecutive games since Beth Record led the Orange in seven straight games during the 1999-2000 season • Posted 18 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best six assists against UC Davis in the championship game • Led the team with 20 points and 15 rebounds, against Central Michigan • Connected on 11 free throws and led the Orange with 21 points and nine rebounds against Loyola • Versus Binghamton, led the team with 21 points and added five rebounds • Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week following her performances against Marquette and Providence • Recorded 21 points at Marquette and posted 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-best five steals against Providence • Against Villanova, netted 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting • Posted double-doubles in three consecutive games against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and South Florida, becoming the first SU player to accomplish the feat since Shannon Perry recorded five straight double-doubles to conclude the 2002-03 season • Recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds against the Panthers, 14 points and 10 rebounds against the Fighting Irish and 18 points and 12 rebounds against the Bulls • Versus Seton Hall, scored 29 points • Against Louisville, posted 23 points • Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Feb. 19) following her performances against Rutgers and Georgetown when she averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds • Scored 19 points and pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds against Georgetown • Her 17 rebounds against the Hoyas are the most by an SU freshman since Felisha Legette grabbed 17 against Connecticut in 1985 • Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after registering double-doubles against DePaul, (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Louisville (17 points and 12 rebounds) and for her performance against Cincinnati • Connected on all 12 of her free throws against the Bearcats, the fifth-highest total in school history and the fourth time that an SU player made all of her free throws with at least 10 attempts.
Rated the No. 50 prospect nationally in the Class of 2006 by the All-Star Girls Report • Guided Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) to a 25-2 record in 2005-06 and an appearance in the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) national title game • Selected to the 2006 NACA National Championship All-Tournament Team • Averaged 25.3 points and 13.2 rebounds as a senior • Also averaged 5.2 assists and 2.0 blocks per game in 2005-06 • Led The Patterson School (Lenoir, N.C.) to the NACA national championship and a 24-3 overall record in 2004-05 • Named to the 2005 NACA National Championship All-Tournament Team • Selected to the 2005 Newsday All-City Third Team and the 2005 All-Queens First Team • Averaged 26.0 points and 16.5 rebounds per game in two years at August Martin High School (Queens, N.Y.) • Earned 2004 All-Queens Second Team honors • 2004 Daily News All-Queens Honorable Mention selection • MVP of New York City Slam Jam • AGS All-America Camp Underclass All-Star • Competed for AAU power New City Exodus.
Nicole Michael • Born June 1987 • Daughter of Lloyda Semple • One sister • Attended the same prep school (Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.) as former SU men’s basketball player Paul Harris • Majoring in communication and rhetorical studies.