The Australian guard was a quick fit in the USC lineup two seasons ago and now enters her senior year at Troy as a well-rounded scoring threat and defensive specialist for the Women of Troy.
2008-09 JUNIOR SEASON
Oliver played in all 32 games and started 11 as a junior... Started the last nine straight games of the season... Third on the team in scoring with 9.1 points per game... Also averaged 2.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game... Earned her second selection of All-Pac-10 Defensive Honorable Mention... Hit a new career-high of five 3-pointers in a single game twice, including five in a 17-point effort against ASU in USC's Pac-10 quarterfinal win... Scored in double figures 13 games, including team-highs in five... Had a career-high six steals along with her season-high 19 points vs. UCLA... Had a season-high seven rebounds in two games... Went 5-of-6 (.833) from 3-point range vs. WSU.
2007-08 SOPHOMORE SEASON
In her first year at USC, Oliver hit double figures in 11 games and was second on the team in shooting percentage (.466) and free-throw percentage (.759)...Hit 28 three-pointers and averaged the No. 3 scoring mark on the team with 7.8 ppg... After coming off the bench for the first seven games, started the next 22... Earned All-Pac-10 Defensive Honorable Mention... Averaged 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, playing a team-high 25.7 minutes per game... Set new career highs with 21 points and three 3-pointers against Washington State on Feb. 10, and had a a career-high eight rebounds against UCLA on March 8... Ranked No. 10 in the Pac-10 for shooting percentage... Named Women of Troy Classic MVP with 21 points and 12 rebounds in two games.
Oliver was a member of the Australian Under-21 National Team... Won silver with the Sapphires at the 2007 FIBA Under-21 World Championships in Russia.
AT CENTRAL ARIZONA
Oliver was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Freshman of the Year after one season at Central Arizona College... One of two freshmen to earn NJCCA First Team honors in 2007... Named to NJCCA Championship All-Tournament Team... Honored as Arizona Community College Athletic Commission 2007 Rookie of the Year following Central Arizona's 33-3 season that saw the Vaqueras reached the national title game... Averaged 18 points, 4 assists and 3 steals per game, shooting 55 percent from the floor and 42 percent from 3-point range.
Oliver attended Wangaratta High in Victoria, Australia and played competitive basketball with Bulleen Bombers in the Victoria Junior Basketball League, reaching the finals twice... Also played with Hustlers Basketball Club in domestic competition, winning three straight Grand Finals and named MVP of each... Later played with Nunawading Spectres and in the South East Australian Basketball League... Named Sportsperson of the Year at her high school 2000-2005... Received Michelle Timms Rising Star Award in 2005 while playing with Bulleen... In 2004, was selected as one of 20 players to join the 2005 Australian Junior Basketball Camp... Scored 36 points in 20 minutes during a national championship game.
Heather Helen Oliver was born Sept. 2, 1987 in Adelaide, South Australia... The daughter of Barry and Robyn, she has two brothers, Blair and Scott... Enjoys being with family and friends, shopping, watching movies and eating... Lists Lance Armstrong as her biggest sports hero... Most thrilling sports moment was watching Australia win gold at the women's basketball World Championships... Has always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon... Is majoring in psychology and minoring in kinesiology.
OLIVER'S Career Statistics
Year GP-GS MINS FG-FGA FG% 3FG-3FGA 3FG% FT-FTA FT% OR DR REB AVG PF-D AST TO BLK STL PTS AVG
2007-08 29-22 744 88-189 .466 28-85 .329 22-29 .759 38 40 78 2.7 31-0 49 50 3 27 226 7.8
2008-9 32-11 761 98-207 .473 47-112 .420 47-56 .839 51 43 94 2.9 54-0 40 44 5 32 290 9.1
Totals 61-33 1505 186-396 .470 75-197 .381 69-85 .812 89 83 172 2.8 85-0 89 94 8 59 516 8.5
5.5 pts per game
1.5 asts per game
1.0 steals per game
2.8 rebs per game
24.7 mins per game