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Lady Grooms | 27
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2005
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Career Highlights
  • Scored over 1,000 career-points
  • Advanced to the playoffs with the Monarchs on four occasions (2003, 2001, 2000, 1999)

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BACKGROUND

2002:
Averaged 7.1 ppg (.431 FG%, .000 3FG%, .855 FT%), 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.2 bpg and 26.6 mpg in 32 games played (26 started) . . . Grooms’ 7.1 ppg average tied a career-high in a season . . . Established a new career-high in rebounds per game at 3.1 . . . Led the Monarchs in free throw percentage at .855 (71-83), which also ranked her sixth overall in the WNBA . . . Attempted a new career-high 13 field goals while scoring a season-high 15 points versus Los Angeles (8/3) . . . Played in a career-high 42 minutes versus Washington (6/25).

2001:
Averaged 4.5 ppg, (.430 FG%, ---3PT%, .741 FT%), 2.5 rpg, 0.48 spg, 0.32 bpg, and 17.5 mpg in 31 games played… Scored Season-high 13 points at Orlando (7/6)… Charted a career-high two blocks vs. Charlotte (6/7)… PLAYOFFS: Averaged 1.8 ppg (.286 FG%, --- 3PT%, .833 FT%), 0.8 rpg, 0.2 apg

2000:
Averaged 4.1 ppg (.443 FG%, .000 3pt, .754 FT%), 1.5 rpg, 0.4 apg, and 13.4 mpg in 30 games played (started three) … Scored in double-digits in two games . . . Posted a career-high 16 points vs. Orlando (7/27) . . . Did not play in two games by coach’s decision

1999:
Averaged 3.1 ppg (.375 FG%, 0-2 3pt, .698 FT%), 1.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.34 spg, 0.06 bpg, and 14.1 mpg in 32 games played (started one) . . . Led the team in assists once vs. Los Angeles (8/10) . . . Scored a season-high 11 points at Cleveland (7/16) … Tallied six points (3-7 FG), five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 25 minutes at Los Angeles in the First Round of the 1999 Western Conference Playoffs (8/24)

1998:
Averaged 7.1 ppg (.487 FG%, .167 3pt%, .670 FT%), 2.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.67 spg, and 26.4 mpg in 30 games played (started 29) for the Monarchs . . . Shot a team-high .487 from the field . . . Scored in double figures in nine games, including four of the last six contests . . . Recorded a career-high 16 points in the season finale at Phoenix (8/19/98). 1997: Averaged 5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, and 2.4 apg playing in all 28 games (started 24) for the Starzz.. . . Originally signed by the WNBA and assigned to Utah in the initial player allocations (1/22/97).

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Played the 1999-2000 season in Turkey . . . Has played professionally in Hungary (1995-96), Italy (1994-95, 1996-98), and Turkey (1993-94) . . . Named league MVP in first professional season in Turkey for Deniz in 1993-94 after averaging 29.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Played the 1999-2000 season in Turkey . . .Has played professionally in Hungary (1995-96), Italy (1994-95, 1996-98), and Turkey (1993-94) . . . Named league MVP in first professional season in Turkey for Deniz in 1993-94 after averaging 29.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg…Won bronze medal at the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo and gold medal on the 1992 Jones Cup Team . . . Played in 1989 Junior World Championship and on the 1989 U.S. Select Team

COLLEGE:
Averaged 11.5 ppg (.469 FG%, .143 3FG%, .656 FT%), 4.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, and 1.6 spg in 121 games played during four-year collegiate career at Georgia . . .Led the Bulldogs to three NCAA Tournament appearances (1989, 1990, 1991) and to the 1991 Southeastern Conference Championship . . . Finished career at Georgia ranked third all-time in assists (433), eighth in scoring (1,397), and ninth in rebounding (538) . . . Named Honorable Mention Kodak All-America and First-Team All-SEC as a senior after averaging 12.0 ppg (.431 FG%, .636 FT%), 3.8 rpg, 6.0 apg, and 2.00 spg in 30 games played (started 29) . . . Led SEC in assists in 1991-92 (6.0 apg) and established a conference single-game record with 14 assists vs. Georgia State (1/6/92) . . . Earned All-SEC Tournament honors in 1992 after averaging 23.0 ppg in the tournament . . . Averaged 12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, and 3.0 apg in 32 games as a junior, earning Honorable Mention All-SEC honors . . . Led the Lady Dogs in scoring (14.1 ppg), and assists (3.9 apg) as a sophomore on way to being named All-SEC and All-SEC Tournament . . . Voted to the Freshman All-SEC team in 1988-89 after averaging 7.1 ppg and 4.0 rpg.


PERSONAL

  • Full name is Lejuana Hardmon Grooms
  • Earned the nickname “Lady” as a child because she dressed like her uncle nicknamed “Man” who was born only six days earlier
  • Was married on September 15, 2001 to her best friend, Windell C. Grooms, Jr
  • Majored in recreation administration at Georgia
  • Enjoys riding bikes in the neighborhood with her husband
  • Also, enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with her mother, Valerie, whom she honors by wearing the No. 27, the date of her mother’s birth
  • Would like to coach at the high school level after her professional career as well as be a fitness and wellness trainer and have her own recreation center for all ages.



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