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DSU Women's Basketball BIO
22 NaJai Pollard


 -      Schools all-time scoring leader (1,988)

 -      Schools all time blocks leader (254)

 -      2nd on the school's all-time rebounding list (1,033)

 -       MEAC Player of the Year

 -      1x MEAC Preseason Player of the Year (

 -      3x Preseason First Team All-MEAC

 -      3x BOXTOROW First Team All-American

 -      3x First Team All-MEAC

 -      Maggie Dixon All-Tournament Team (18)

 -      2x MEAC Season Scoring Leader (17)

 -      1x MEAC Rebounding Leader (17)

 -      MEAC Leader in Field Goal Percentage (17)

 -      13x MEAC Player of the Week

 -      5x Defensive Player of the Week

 -      D1 Women's Basketball HERO of the Week (16)

 -      MEAC Rookie of the Year (15-16)

 -      MEAC All-Rookie Team (15- 16)

 -      8X MEAC Rookie of the Week (15-16)

2018-19:  Fourth season with the Hornets… Appeared in all 28 games all starts...  Averaged 35.8 minutes, 22.9 points (most in the conference – 7th most in the Nation), 10.3 rebounds (second most in the MEAC), 1.8 blocks (Eighth most in the MEAC), 1.1 steals (most on the team)… 15 double-doubles… Scored 30 points or more in seven games… Grabbed ten or more rebounds in 16 contests… Six games with three blocks or more… Four games with at least three steals… Best game(s): Posted 31 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists vs Delaware (Nov. 20)… Tallied 32 points, a season high 16 rebounds, seven blocks, the most blocks in school history for a single game, and three steals in a 79-59 win vs. Cheyney University (Dec. 5)… Season high 36 points and 12 rebounds at Robert Morris (Dec. 18)… 30 points (including 3-3 on three pointers – career high), 14 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and one steal at Marshall (Dec. 29)…  Recorded 31 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in a 71-61 victory vs. N.C. Central (Jan. 14)…  Tied season high with 36 points, also recorded 11 rebounds, one assists and one block vs. South Carolina State (Feb. 4)…  30 points and nine rebounds vs. North Carolina A&T (Feb. 9)… Broke Delaware State’s all-time scoring record vs. N.C. Central (Feb. 11) she received an outlet pass by teammate Lanayjha Ashe and scored on the fast break to break the record with 7:41 remaining in the second quarter… Pollard finished the game with 27 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and one steal… Scored 640 points the most points by a Lady Hornet in a single season, breaking Raven Bankston’s record of 595 points (2014.)...  She ended her career as the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,988 points. She’s also second on the team’s all-time rebound list with 1,033 rebounds and is the top shot blocker in program history with 254 rejections… Signed a contract to compete for Helios of the Switzerland Women’s Professional Basketball League.

2017-2018: Named MEAC Preseason Player of the Year (Oct. 25)... Appeared in 24 contests, with 23 starts... Missed seven games due to injury... Led the MEAC in scoring for the second year in a row (18.4 ppg)... Fourth in the MEAC in rebounding (8.4 rbg), blocks (1.8 bpg) and field goal percentage (.465)...  Scored in double figures 21 times, including 13 games with 20 points or more... Recorded nine points-rebounds double doubles. Reached 1000 points for a career (Nov. 9)... Named to the All-Maggie Dixon Tournament Team (Nov. 18)... MEAC Player of the Week (Jan. 23)...  All-MEAC First Team selection (Mar. 2) second straight All-MEAC First team selection. Best Games(s): Tallied 27 points, 10 rebounds and one block at. DePaul (Nov. 17)... Posted 20 points seven rebounds, four blocks, and three steals vs. Longwood (Nov. 29)... Recorded 23 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, one steal, and one assist at Hampton (Jan. 12)... Scored a season high 28 points, also added a season high 13 rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and two assists vs. Bethune-Cookman (Jan. 20)...  Posted 25 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks (tied season high), three steals and two assists vs. Savannah State (Jan. 27)... Recorded 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists (season high), and two steals (Feb. 17)... Scored 27 points, added eight rebounds, two steals, two assists, and one block at Howard (Feb. 24).

2016-17: Led the MEAC in points (18.6) rebounds (9.8) and field goal percentage (.537) ... Pollard ranked seventh in the Nation with 19 double-doubles… also ranked sixth in the MEAC with two blocks per game… Scored 20 points or more 12 times, including 30 points or more two times…Set a new career high this season, scoring 38 points on 14-17 shooting against Lehigh University… Recorded 20 games with at least 10 rebounds, including a career-best 18 rebound performance against Norfolk State... 15 games with two or more blocked shots... Tied career-high twice this season, with five blocks against Wagner and NJIT… Named MEAC Player of the Week four times… Voted MEAC Defensive Player of the Week two times… D1 Women's Basketball HERO of the Week (Nov 21)… Started all 30 games, totaled 558 points, 294 rebounds, 59 blocks, 39 assist, and 30 steals during the season. Best game(s): Recorded 29 points (11-of-20), 10 rebounds, two blocks and one steal versus Detroit Mercy in 29 minutes of action (Nov. 11)… Posted a career high 38 points (14-of-17), 12 rebounds, and one block, in 31 minutes of action against Lehigh (Nov. 16)… Logged 27 points (12-of-16), 13 rebounds, career high five blocks, one steal, and one assist against Wagner (Nov. 20)… Totaled 32 points (12-of-16), 11 rebounds, one steal and one assist (Dec. 22)… Recorded 24 points (11-of-17), 11 rebounds, four blocks, and one assist vs. Virginia Tech, (Dec. 30)… Totaled 27 points (9-of-16), 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assist, and a steal, in 40 minutes of action against N.C. Central (Jan.10)… Posted 21 points (8-of-17), career high 18 rebounds, four blocks, three assist, and one steal against Norfolk State (Jan. 16)… Recorded 28 points (10-of-16), 12 rebounds, three blocks, three assist, and one steal against South Carolina State (Jan. 21)… Posted 26 points (9-of-17), 16 rebounds, three assist, and two blocks against Coppin State (Feb. 13)…  Totaled 28 points (11-of-17) 12 rebounds, four assist, one block, and one steal against Maryland Eastern Shore (Feb. 25)… Logged 39 minutes of action against Norfolk State in the opening round of the MEAC tournament, posted 26 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.



2015-16: Named MEAC Rookie of the Year, becoming the third player in school history to do so... Garnered MEAC Rookie of the Week eight times (Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Dec. 21, Dec. 28, Jan. 12, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 22)... Was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week (Dec. 28)... Appeared in all 30 games, while making 28 starts… Averaged 27.7 minutes per game (831), which was the second most on DSU… Posted 11.6 points (349), 8.3 rebounds (87 off., 161 def.), 1.2 assists (36), 1.0 steals (29) and 1.7 blocks (51) per contest… Her 11.6 points per game average ranked second best on the team and 13th in the MEAC… Led DSU in total points (349), field goals made (138), free throws attempted (103), rebounds per game (8.3 – fifth best in the MEAC), total rebounds (248 – second most in the MEAC), blocks per game (1.7 – fifth best in the MEAC) and total blocks (51)… Shot 46.5 percent (138-of-297) from the field and 70.9 percent (73-of-103) from the charity stripe… Led the Hornets in double-doubles (8)… Scored 15 or more points nine times, including dropping 20 or more four times… Ripped down 11 double-digit rebounds, including a career-high 15 twice… Recorded two or more blocks 14 times, highlighted by a career-high five in DSU’s 88-63 win over Longwood (Dec. 22)… Collected two or more steals nine times, highlighted by notching a career-high three on three different occasions... Dished out two or more assists 10 times, highlighted by a career-high five in DSU’s 84-79 loss at Coppin State (Feb. 15)… Best Game(s): In DSU’s 65-59 loss to William & Mary (Dec. 1), posted 14 points (6-of-10), 10 rebounds, three blocks, two steals, two assists and went 2-for-2 (1.000) from the free throw line in 28 minutes of action… Recorded 13 points (6-of-12), 13 rebounds, five blocks, two steals and one assist in DSU’s 88-63 win over Longwood (Dec. 22) in 33 minutes of action… Totaled 20 points (8-of-9), seven boards, four blocks, two steals, one assist and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line in 32 minutes of action in DSU’s 87-86 victory over Howard (Jan. 11)… In DSU’s 66-56 win over North Carolina Central (Jan. 27), recorded 23 points (11-of-15), a career-high 15 boards, four assists and one block in 30 minutes of action… Posted career-highs in points (26), free throws made/attempted (10-of-11) and assists (5), along with recording 12 boards, four blocks and one steal in DSU’s 84-79 loss at Coppin State (Feb. 15) in 34 minutes of action… Totaled 21 points (6-of-9), 10 boards, four blocks, two assists, two steals and went 9-for-11 (.818) from the charity stripe in 38 minutes of play in DSU’s 63-54 loss to Hampton (Feb. 22)… In DSU’s 89-81 win at Hampton (Feb. 29), totaled 18 points (7-of-13), 14 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and went 4-for-5 (.800) from the charity stripe in 38 minutes of action… In DSU’s 79-74 loss to Florida A&M in the opening round of the MEAC Tournament (March 8), totaled 21 points (10-of-16), 14 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 33 minutes of action




Position: Forward
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
High School: Highland Springs
Major: Sports Management
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