#55 - Melanie Royster
Position: F/C
Year: R-Jr.
Hometown: Bowie, Md.
Previous School: Elizabeth Seton
Height: 6-3
Previous School: Elizabeth Seton High School

MELANIE ROYSTER - CAREER STATISTICS
Year GP-GS Min./Avg.
FG-FGA
Pct.
3FG-ATT
Pct.
FT-FTA
Pct.
Off-Def-Tot
Avg.
PF-FO
Ast.
TO
Blk.
Stl.
Pts.-Avg.
2011-12 1-0 5/5.0 1-1 1.000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0-0 .000 0-0 0 0 1 0 2-2.0
2012-13 17-5 138/8.1 7-12 .583 0-0 .000 5-13 .385 12-21-33 1.0 7-0 1 7 11 9 19-1.1
2013-14 27-7 345/12.8 12-23 .522 0-0 .000 5-11 .455 37-38-75 2.8 57-0 7 13 27 17 29-1.1
2014-15 26-26 657/25.3 21-62 .339 0-0 .000 18-36 .500 63-91-154 5.9 39-0 14 35 56 15 60-2.3
Totals 71-38 1,145/16.1 41-98 .418 0-0 .000 28-60 .467 112-150-262 3.7 103-0 22 55 95 41 110-1.5

 

THE BASICS

  • Missed the majority of the 2011-12 season after suffering a knee injury at Winthrop on Nov. 27, 2011
  • Is described as an extremely gifted athlete
  • Possesses great speed and quickness for a post player her size
  • Has the capability to change games with the way she defends and blocks shots
  • Is very tough and aggressive on the boards

 

2014-15 HIGHLIGHTS (JUNIOR SEASON)

  • Scored a career-best of seven points against Texas-Pan American
  • Registered a career mark of six blocks against North Carolina A&T
  • Grabbed 11 rebounds at Fordham to set a new personal best
  • Passed Courtney Hurt on the all-time blocks list at Duquesne, to take over 5th place with 95 career blocks
  • Ranks 5th in single season blocks at 56

 

2013-14 HIGHLIGHTS (SOPHOMORE SEASON)

  • Appeared in 27 games with seven starts
  • Set a career-high five blocks against Massachusetts
    MELANIE ROYSTER - The Fun File
    Top 5 Favorite Movies?
    Prince of Egypt, Tarzan, Lion King, Mean Girls, Love & Basketball
    Best Place You've Traveled To?
    Jamaica
    Do You Have Any Secret Talents?
    Anything with art: drawing, paint, etc. 
    Favorite Food?
    Jamaican Food
    Who Would Play You In A Movie?
    Tyra Banks
  • Connected on a 12-of-23 FG
  • Finished the season with 75 total rebounds, 17 steals and 29 points
  • Played a season-best 25 minutes against Old Dominion where she went 3-for-4 from FG range, and had six rebounds and two steals
 

2012-13 HIGHLIGHTS (FRESHMAN SEASON)

  • Played in 17 games, including five starts for the Rams after recovering from an MCL injury
  • Finished the season with 33 rebounds, 11 blocks, and 19 points
  • Eight of her nine steals on the season came in conference play
  • First career rebound came against UMBC
  • Earned her first career start against St. Joseph’s where she played a career-long 30 minutes and collected a career-best 10 rebounds

 

2011-12 SEASON (RS)

  • Made her collegiate debut against Winthrop (11/27), but suffered a season-ending knee injury after just five minutes of action
  • Recorded her first career block in the second half against the Eagles, but landed awkwardly and tore her MCL


PRIOR TO VCU 

  • Listed as the 37th ranked center in the country, according to Dan Olsen College Girls Basketball Report and ranks as the 104th best power forward in the nation, according to ESPN HoopGurlz
  • Was a four-year member of the basketball team at Elizabeth Seton High School
  • Helped lead Elizabeth Seton to a 28-4 record, while capturing both the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title and the city title as a junior
  • Played for Coach Jonathan Scruggs at Elizabeth Seton and Robert Hildreth as a member of the Maryland Lady Terps AAU program


PERSONAL        

  • Daughter of Margaret and Deryle Royster
  • Born August 9, 1993 in Washington, D.C.
  • Majoring in graphic design


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