SENIOR (2009-10): In the best condition of her career after having a great summer...getting back in transition and looking to make an impact in her final season...one of two returning post players for New Mexico...6-6 shot blocker with a solid shot and good hands.
JUNIOR (2008-09): Played in 33 games while averaging 3.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per game...shot 72.4 percent from the free throw line and 44.4 percent from the field...had a career night against in-state rival New Mexico State with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and had a career-high five blocks...set a career-high with 33 blocks in a season and moved into ninth place all-time at New Mexico with 62...chipped in 10 points against Colorado State...named Community Lobo for the second straight year at the annual Lobo awards banquet.
SOPHOMORE (2007-08): Made 22 appearances and played 112 minutes...had a season-high nine points against nationally-ranked Stanford on Dec. 18 after shooting 4-of-8 from the field and hitting her first career 3-pointer...hit a season-high four free throws against Air Force on Feb. 20...pulled down a season-high tying five rebounds against UNLV.
FRESHMAN (2006-07): Played in 26 games, scoring 71 points and averaging 2.7 points per game...collected 27 rebounds including 19 defensive boards...scored eight or more points three times with a season-high 12 coming against UNLV on the road...finished the year with a 54.5 field goal shooting percentage...recorded 21 blocks with four against Georgia Southern and BYU...named Academic All-Mountain West Conference...career-high five rebounds against Siena.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2006 graduate of Gallup (N.M) High School...letterwinner in basketball and track and field...member of 2006 New Mexico 5A state championship team led by John Lomasney...named first team all-state in 2006 and second team in 2005...selected district 1-5A Player of the Year in 2006 and first team all-district in 2005 and 2006...McDonald's All-America nominee in 2005...named Estonia U18 team MVP in 2003...averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks a game her senior year.
PERSONAL: Born Valerie Kast in Tallinn, Estonia, on Jan. 12, 1987...daughter of Larissa Tsigrinskaja...has one sister, Maria...hobbies include music, movies, art and dancing...favorite athletes are Larry Bird and Michael Jordan...majoring in Communications with a concentration in Intercultural Communication while minoring in Portuguese.