Position
Forward
Height
6'1
Class
Senior
Hometown
Jackson, Miss.
High School
Murrah HS
  • 2002 SEC Academic Honor Roll

Drafted 25th overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the 2003 WNBA Draft … Received her bachelor’s degree in sociology in the Spring of 2003.

SENIOR SEASON (2002-03)
Played in all 34 games and started 18 … Scored a game-high 16 points in the 94-54 victory at Florida … Pour in a season-high 19 at Ole Miss on Feb. 20th … Had 11 double digit scoring games, including 11 points against No. 15 Penn State, 10 against No. 16 South Carolina, 15 against No. 12 Mississippi State, 15 against No. 21 Arkansas and 12 against No. 21 UW-Green Bay in the NCAA Tournament … Recorded a career-high five assists in the win over Kentucky on Jan. 16th … Connected one a career-high nine free throws at Ole Miss on Feb. 20th … Finished her career ranked seventh-place in career blocked shots with 82 … Finished third at LSU in games played in a career, playing in 123 contests over her four-year stint … Scored 998 career points, ranking her 22nd on the career points list … Her free throw percentage of 84.5 (60-71) this past season is tied for fourth in LSU’s single-season list … Led the Lady Tigers in two games … Ended her career with a perfect 12-0 record against teams from her home state of Mississippi, including post a 6-0 mark against Mississippi State.

JUNIOR SEASON (2001-02)
Played in all 30 games and started 24 … Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Was third on the team in rebounding and shooting percentage … Recorded two double-doubles (vs. Grambling and Louisiana-Lafayette) … Recorded two double-figure rebounding games, including pulling down a career-best 15 boards in the season opener against Grambling … Also had 10 rebounds against Louisiana-Lafayette … Scored a season-high 19 points vs. Mississippi … Set a career-high with five assists at Kentucky … Led the team in rebounding in four games … Scored in double figures in 19 games, including a span of 10 of 11 games down the stretch run of the season.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2000-01)
Started 21 games on the year, including the final 16 … Moved into the starting line up at Mississippi State and produced immediately with 17 points and seven rebounds … Her 17-foot jumper with just under a minute to play gave LSU a four-point lead that the Lady Bulldogs could not overcome … She scored a then career-high 20 points in the win over Kentucky … Matched that two games later with 20 points in the Lady Tigers second meeting with Mississippi State … Notched her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds against in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette … Scored in double figures on 12 occasions, including three of her last four times out … Came up big in two NCAA Tournament games, scoring a career-high 21 points against Arizona State and hauling in 11 rebounds against Purdue … Was the team leader in blocks with 27 on the season … Twice recorded four blocks on the year, against Prairie View and Mississippi State … Forced to sit out three games early in the year with a thigh injury.

FRESHMAN SEASON (1999-2000)
Played in 31 games with one start … Averaged 6.0 points and 2.0 rebounds a contest … LSU’s leading scorer off the bench … Scored in double-figures in five games, which included a career-best 19 points in second game of collegiate career vs. UNC Asheville on Nov. 23 … Had four other double-figure scoring games (10 points vs. St. Bonaventure on Nov. 26, 18 vs. Mercer on Dec. 19, 10 vs. Wake Forest on Dec. 22 and 18 vs. Jackson State on Dec. 28) … Started season-opener at Texas Tech (2 points, 2 rebounds) … Hit on 8-of-10 shots from the floor vs. Mercer … Came off the bench to score eight points in SEC win over Florida … Had career-best four steals vs. Mercer … Dished out four assists in win over UNC Asheville and had a season-high five rebounds vs. New Orleans.

HIGH SCHOOL
One of the top high school players in the nation in 1998-99… Averaged 17.6 points and 9.1 rebounds as a senior … Rated as the 13th-best prep player in America by the Women’s Basketball Journal and the 19th-best player by the Blue Star Basketball Report … Led Murrah High School to back-to-back state titles as a junior and senior … 3-time first-team all-state and all-district selection at Murrah High School … Jackson Metro Area Player of the Year as both as junior and senior … As a senior, named all-America by USA Today, Street and Smith, Nike and by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association … Led Murrah to a four-year record of 127-14 … Also played volleyball and was a triple-jumper on the track and field team … Academically, was a member of the National Honor Society and was the Baptist Health System Scholar-Athlete … Was a member of the Junior ROTC … Coached in high school by Anna Jackson.

PERSONAL
Full name is Kesha Rochelle Tardy … Goes by Ke-Ke … Born Feb. 11, 1981 in Jackson, Miss. … Daughter of Addison and Barbara Tardy … Has a sister, Elisha (31) … Majoring in political science … Excepted into LSU’s Law School … Interests include reading, traveling and debate writing … Began playing basketball when she was three years old.

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