|5 Antonio Russell
2005-06 (So.): Was Western's leading scorer in 2005-06, averaging 13.3 ppg ... Led WCU in scoring in 12 games as a sophomore ... Was Western's leading scorer in 10 of the first 16 games, then not again until 12 games later when scoring 17 in a win over UNC Greensboro ... Followed that with a game-high, 21-point performance in the regular-season finale at Chattanooga ... Ranked 11th in the SoCon in scoring (13.3 ppg) ... Also ranked third in the SoCon and 60th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.833) ... His 3-point shooting helped WCU set school record for 3-pointers made (221), attempted (625) and made per game (7.37), as well as the team tying or setting a WCU single-game record for 3-pointers made six times ... Made 30-of-his-last-37 free throws on the season ... Had tough stretch, averaging just 6.6 pts over seven games (App State on Jan. 9 - Wofford Jan. 28) ... However, over his last seven, he had five double-digit scoring games ... Had a 21 point game in a season-opening win over Bowling Green ... Scored the Cats' first nine points of the game, established then career highs by making seven free throws and attempting nine ... Versus South Carolina, led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and sinking all four of his free throws ... Scored a then career-high 22 points in a win over Atlanta Christian ... made 6-of-10 shots from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range, and making 8-of-9 free throws ... Had 20 points, leading all scorers, in a win over UNC Asheville ... Sank 5-of-7 shots from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point land, and made 8-of-9 free throws ... Scored a career-high 26 points in a 26-point win over The Citadel ... Also was a career-best 4-of-4 from 3-point range and was a career-best 12-of-14 at the free throw line ... Scored 20 points in an overtime loss to Gardner-Webb with a season-high six rebounds and three steals ... Also played a career-high 39 minutes in the game ... Snapped out of a six-game slump to score 18 points in a win over Furman ... Was only 5-of-14 from the field, including just 2-of-9 from 3-point range, but he sank all six of his free throws, all of which came inside the final 42 seconds of the game to preserve the win ... Added eight rebounds, tying a career high ... Sank 7-of-9 free throws to score 12 points versus Elon (2/18) ... Also drained a key 3-pointer with 2:02 left in overtime to help secure the win ...For the first time since scoring 17 to lead WCU at Ole Miss on Jan. 3, was once again the team leader in scoring in a win over UNCG (2/21) with 17 points ... Scored a game-high 21 points at Chattanooga in the regular-season finale ... Was 7-of-16 from the field and 2-of-6 from 3-point range, while making 5-of-6 from the line ... Added five rebounds, tying a career high with three on offense.
2004-05 (Fr.): Played in all 30 games, and was third on the team drawing 23 starting assisgnment ... Along with Kyle Greathouse, Russell was one of two Catamounts to start all eight of WCU's wins ... In SoCon games only, ranked third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.450; 18-of-40) ... In 14 non-conference games, Russell only shot 17.2 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-29) ... Ranked 10th in the SoCon overall in steals (1.70 avg.) ... Led the Cats in scoring four times, including at The Citadel (16 pts), versus Wofford (17 points), at College of Charleston (17 points) and at Elon (11 points) ... Was WCU's leading rebounder once (five vs. East Tennessee State) ... Sank 2-of-3 from 3-point range in scoring 10 points vs. Jacksonville State at the BCA ... Had a five rebounds and scored seven points at South Carolina with two steals ... The next timeout, he got his first career start vs. Emmanuel where he scored seven points , dished out four assists and had five steals ... Backed that performance up with 10 points and four steals vs. Montreat ... Played his best game in WCU's win over Liberty ... Logged 33 minutes vs. the Flames and scored a season-high 18 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals ... After David Berghoefer scored 17 first-half points, Russell scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half, picking up the slack for a foul-plagued Berghoefer ... At The Citadel, led WCU in scoring with 16 points (5-of-10 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and 4-of-6 from the free throw line) ... At #28 Wisconsin, tied a season high with four assists ... Despite playing a season-low nine minutes, was just one of two Catamounts to score in double figures at Chattanooga, getting 10 points (2-of-2 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 at the free throw line) ... Scored 11 points going 3-of-4 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range, and was 3-of-3 at the line vs. East Tennessee State ... Had three steals and tied for the team lead with five rebounds vs. the Bucs ... Tied for the team led with 14 points and played a season-high 34 minutes versus Wofford ... Sank 6-of-12 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range ... Hit a key 3-pointer late to stop a Terrier run, then sank 1-of-2 from the free throw line in the final seconds to seal the victory ... In the first half versus Wofford, made perhaps the plays of the game, saving a ball inbounds on the defensive end, then, sprinting down to drain a 3-pointer on the offensive end ... Just missed a career high in points at Charleston, scoring 17, but did establish career highs with eight rebounds, eight field goals made and six defensive rebounds, while tying a career high iwth 34 minutes played ... After Lunzaya Nlandu made WCU's first point of the game at CofC --a free throw at the 18:43 mark, Russell scored the Cats' next 10 points ... Down 14 to start the second half, Russell scored seven of WCU's 14 points during a 14-2 run ... Established career higsh with six steals and 37 minutes played versus Appalachian State, adding 14 points and three assists ... Struggled from the field (4-of-10) and the charity stripe (1-of-5), but still tied for team-high honors with 11 points at Elon ... However, he was 2-of-4 from 3-point range, including a key trey midway through the second half which erased Elon's first lead of the game, giving WCU a two-point advantage ... Also, tied the game at 49-49 with 2:03 with a jumper and sealed the victory with a free throw with four seconds left in the game.
Prior to Western: Named first team All-Hillsborough, as well as Hillsborough County Player of the Year by the Tampa Tribune, Russell was also named 5A second team All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association ... An honorable mention All-State selection as a sophomore and junior as well ... A two time team MVP, as well as a two-time, first team All-Western Conference pick, he was a two-time Tampa Bay All-Star team member and led his AAU team to a Florida State Championship ... Ranked the 19th-best player in Florida by youthprepstar.com ... Averaged 24.1 points per game as senior, with 5.5 rebounds ... During his sophomore and junior seasons, averaged 19.8 and 19.4 points, respectively ... Had 642 career points at Gaither HS, led the Cowboys to 21-8 record and an appearance in his region championship as a senior.
ANTONIO RUSSELL'S CAREER STATS
T O T A L 3-POINTERS R E B O U N D S
YEAR GP GS MIN AVG FG FGA PCT FG FGA PCT FT FTA PCT OFF DEF TOT AVG PF FO AST TO BLK STL PTS AVG
2004-05 30 23 691 23.0 76 205 .371 23 69 .333 53 93 .570 26 57 83 2.8 77 3 42 60 5 51 228 7.6
2005-06 29 25 845 29.1 117 279 .419 41 120 .342 110 132 .833 21 74 95 3.3 75 1 34 64 2 37 385 13.3
TOTAL 59 48 1536 26.0 193 484 .399 64 189 .339 163 225 .724 47 131 178 3.0 152 4 76 124 7 88 613 10.4