Kim Ortega
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Kim Ortega

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Logandale, Nev.

High School:
Moapa Valley H.S.

Last College:
Seward County C.C.

Height:
5-8

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
12/25/1981

Experience:
1L


2002-03 (JUNIOR): The nation's most coveted junior college player the year before was one of four Lady Frogs to play in all 34 games...Made eight starts and played 566 minutes for a 16.6 average per game...Finished fourth on the squad in field goal percentage at .424 (56-of-132)...Showed some range from behind the arc, hitting 20-of-65 treys...Averaged a couple of rebounds per outing...Was second on the team in steals with 55 for a 1.6 average per game...Tallied 157 points on the year, good for a 4.6 average...Played 14 minutes in TCU's first game of the year with Utah Nov. 22, scoring seven points on 3-of-6 shooting...She hit her first career three-pointer as a Lady Frog that day as well...Notched a season-high 13 points in the Purple and White's next contest with Arkansas Nov. 25...Shot 3-for-5 from the floor and drained six of her eight attempts from the free throw line...Also had four steals on the Lady Razorbacks...Gave the same shooting effort in TCU's next game versus Holy Cross Nov. 28, going for six points, three assists and two thefts...Scored another six-spot when the Lady Frogs hosted UW-Green Bay Dec. 3...Had back-to-back games with five points against SMU and Texas Dec. 5 and 10...Also collected four rebounds, a steal and one block on the Mustangs...Scored seven points and dished out a trio of helpers versus Oklahoma Dec. 14...Had two steals in TCU's first-ever victory over a top-10 opponent when the eighth-rated Vanderbilt Commodores were upended by the Lady Frogs, 70-53, Dec. 28...Landed two of her three attempts from three-point range when the Purple and White held Texas Southern to a NCAA record 16 points Dec. 30...The 5-foot-8 guard also recorded three blocks on the Lady Tigers to go along with six points and three steals...Played 19 minutes versus Miami (Ohio) Jan. 3, racking up nine points on 3-of-7 shooting and recording three steals for the second game in a row...Made the most of her four shots from the field at Houston Jan. 12, connecting on three of them, including one trey for seven points...Although Ortega scored only three points on ECU Jan. 24, she did haul in five boards, contribute two assists and record a block and a steal in a dominant Lady Frog performance...Made her first start in TCU's next tilt with Charlotte Jan. 26, scoring five points and pickpocketing the 49ers four times...Played her most minutes of the season at Marquette with 22 Jan. 31 and made 3-of-4 tries from the hardwood on her way to eight points...Had a season-best five steals against Houston Feb. 9...That mark tied Sandora Irvin and Amy Pack for the most in one game that season...Made consecutive starts Feb. 16 and 21 against Memphis and Southern Miss...Scored eight points and tallied four steals on the Tigers...Hit a pair of treys on the Golden Eagles and notched a trio of assists and steals...Gave a solid effort at Tulane Feb. 23 with eight points in only 15 minutes thanks to 3-of-4 shooting...Made her fifth start of the year versus UAB Feb. 28 and hit both of her shots from the floor for four points...Had four steals on the Blazers as well...Made three straight starts for the Purple and White in its first three match-ups of the Conference USA Tournament...Scored five points in the first two games of the tourney with ECU March 6 and Tulane March 7...Hit two of her five three-point attempts in those two outings.

*2001-02 (SOPHOMORE): Along with fellow TCU transfer Tracy Wynn, Ortega helped Seward County Community College and Head Coach Jim Littell to the 2002 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championship and a 38-0 record...Scored a game-high 35 points in the championship game, an 87-80 win over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M...She only hit seven field goals, but went to the line 23 times and hit 19 of her attempts...In addition to earning NJCAA All-Tournament accolades, she was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2002 National Tournament...Recognized as the WBCA-NJCAA National Player of the Year...Tabbed a NJCAA and Kodak first-team All-American...Was no stranger to success in the classroom, snaring NJCAA Academic All-America praise...Was named to the Region VI All-Tournament Team...Also took home Region VI Most Valuable Player honors...A first-team selection for the region as well...Landed on the WBCA District V First Team...Awarded first-team All-Jayhawk West Conference kudos for the second year in a row...Scored in double figures in all but three games on the year...Had 12 contests with at least 20 points...Notched her first 20-point effort in the season opener against Rose State Nov. 2 with 20 on 7-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point land...Reached double digits in five straight games from Nov. 16-Dec. 2 with totals of 15, 19, 12, 14 and 11...Exploded in three straight games Dec. 27-29 with Salt Lake Community College, Dixie State College and Utah Valley State College...Drained 9-of-15 from the floor on SLCC and hit four threes for 24 points, and also had six steals...Recorded the first 30-point effort of her career versus DSC by connecting on 9-of-18 field goals and 13-of-16 from the charity stripe for 34 points...Tossed in another 30-plus performance against UVSC by making 10-of-16 from the field, five of which were treys, and hitting all but one of her eight free throw attempts for 32 points...She also had seven steals in that game...Went on to have 19 consecutive games with at least 10 points...Narrowly missed a double-double against Colby Jan. 14 with 29 points and nine steals...Only missed three of her 14 shots from the field against Colby...Two days later, Ortega got the elusive double-double with 14 points and 10 assists against Pratt Community College...Went for back-to-back 20-point outings with Cloud County Community College and Dodge City Community College Jan. 20 and 25 with 27 and 22 points...Was a combined 16-for-27 from the field and 8-of-14 on threes in those two games...After a pair of 18-point efforts, Ortega tossed in 23 on 7-of-15 shooting and by going 6-for-6 on free throws versus Cloud County Feb. 16...Knocked on the door of a triple-double Feb. 18 against Colby with 20 points, eight assists and eight steals...Got her final double-double of the season in the semifinals of the NJCAA Tournament against Gulf Coast Community College with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

*2000-01 (FRESHMAN): Chosen as a NJCAA and Kodak All-American...Was named to the Region VI All-Tournament Team...A first-team All-Region VI selection...Placed on the All-Jayhawk West Conference First Team...Captured the league's Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year awards...Scored in double figures in all but three of Seward County's 34 games...Had 16 contests with at least 20 points...Opened her career with 14 points and five assists against Rose State Nov. 3...Posted her first 20-point effort with 20 points against Coffeyville Nov. 4...Put up another 20-spot Nov. 10 versus Sheridan College by going 8-for-9 from the floor...Notched her first double-double against South Plains College Nov. 28 with 21 points and 12 steals...Just missed a triple-double in that contest, as she recorded nine assists as well...Came up one assist and one steal shy of a triple-double in Seward County's next match-up with Labette Dec. 2, scoring 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting...Had back-to-back 20-point contests with Neosha County and Seminole State College Dec. 8 and 9 with 20 and 23 points...Recorded her second double-double of the year versus Indian River Dec. 29 with 13 points and 10 helpers...Was two steals away from a triple-double...In her next contest with Seminole (Florida), she poured in 20 points, eight assists and nine steals...Had season-highs in free throw attempts and makes in that game as well with 13 and 10...Tallied a somewhat unusual double-double Dec. 31 against Central Florida Community College with 10 rebounds and 10 assists...Had a pair of 20-plus outings in the scoring column with Pratt Community College and Cloud County Community College Jan. 17 and 20 with 22 and 26 points...Was a perfect 4-for-4 from downtown on Pratt...Scored a season-high 28 points Feb. 5 versus Hutch Community College, going 11-for-14 from the floor...Followed that performance up with 23 points against Barton County two days later...Had consecutive games with 25 points March 3 and 7 versus Butler County and Labette...Snagged her fourth and final double-double of the year against Labette as well with 12 steals...Racked up 22 points against Cloud County March 14 in Seward's final game of the year...Ended the season with 17 straight games in double figures.

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered all four years at Moapa Valley High School in Logandale, Nev...Named Nevada's Player of the Year as a senior in 2000...Earned Co-Most Valuable Player honors for all divisions as a junior...Named 3A All-State as both a junior and senior...Averaged 18 points, five steals and four assists per game as a senior...Won four state titles in volleyball, while also earning all-state mention.

PERSONAL: Ortega is an education major...The daughter of Alfredo and Aurora Ortega...Born Dec. 25, 1981...Full name is Kimberly Ann Ortega.

^CAREER & 2002-03 HIGHS
Points: 13, at Arkansas (Nov. 25)
Rebounds: 5, two times, last at Tennessee (Feb. 11)
Assists: 4, two times, last vs. Miami (Ohio) (Jan. 3)
Steals: 5, vs. Houston (Feb. 9)
Blocks: 3, vs. Texas Southern (Dec. 30)
Minutes: 22, two times, last at Marquette (Jan. 31)

NCAA TOURNAMENT HIGHS
Points: None
Rebounds: 3, at Connecticut (March 25, 2003)
Assists: None
Steals: None
Blocks: None
Minutes: 14, vs. Michigan State (March 23, 2003)

ORTEGA'S CAREER STATISTICS

SeasonG-GSMP-Avg.FG-FGAPct.3P-3PAPct.FT-FTAPct.Reb.Avg.PF-DQATOBLKSPts.Avg.
*2000-0134--213-449.47451-128.398124-158.7851384.164-11591021218260117.7
*2001-0237--211-434.48670-165.424174-221.7871273.457-0165911214266618.0
2002-0334-8566-16.656-132.42420-65.30825-38.658682.062-0537512551574.6
2002-03105-8566-16.6480-1015.473141-358.394323-417.7753333.2183-137726836379142413.6

* At Seward County Community College
^ NCAA Division I opponents only

UP CLOSE WITH KIM

Nicknames: "Kimmie", "Salsa" and "KP"
Why do you wear the No. 12? It's the only number I've been wearing since my freshman year of high school
Favorite song: "So Far Away" by Staind
Favorite TV show: "Friends"
Favorite class at TCU: Child adolescent development with professor Meadows
Favorite junk food: Pizza
Favorite Coach Mittie quote: "This is a great atmosphere for basketball."
Most impressive person you know: Koko Davis
Person in history you'd like to meet: Martin Luther King, Jr.
First thing you'd do if you were head coach for a day: Give everyone the day off
Person you'd most like to trade places with for a day: Mariah Carey
Teammates who make you laugh the most: Tracy Wynn and Natasha Lacy
Person who has most influenced your career in athletics: My brothers, Alan and Freddy
Most memorable moment in sports: Winning the NJCAA Championship and playing UConn last year
Best player you've ever faced: Diana Taurasi (UConn)
One thing you wish you were better at: Singing
Favorite sport besides basketball: Volleyball
One possession you'd keep if you lost all but one: My credit card
Team you'd most like to see added to the schedule: UNLV
Favorite ESPN SportsCenter highlight: Any Michael Jordan highlight
The best advice you've ever been given: "Do the right things on and off the court."
The actress that would play the part of you in a movie about your life: Jennifer Lopez
A place you've always wanted to visit but never had the chance: Europe
Your dream job: To become a physical therapist
What you've learned since coming to TCU:No matter who you are or where you come from, you always have to prove yourself everyday.
The best thing about playing basketball for the Lady Frogs: Traveling all over the country with my teammates
Teammate who will be the biggest surprise in 2003-04: Ashley Davis


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