Only Gaucho to play in all 30 games... After shaking off the rust from her redshirt season in 2003-04, developed into one of UCSB's go-to players in the paint...Averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 58.5% shooting while starting each of the final 21 contests...Posted just 1.6 points, 2.4 boards and 27.8% shooting (5-of-18) over first nine games of the year before becoming a fixture in the starting lineup...25 points in Feb. 24 win at Cal State Fullerton were most by a Gaucho not named Kristen Mann or Mia Fisher...One of her nine double-digit scoring efforts on the year...Paced the UCSB offense on two separate occasions, including 21 points in narrow victory at Utah State...One of four Gauchos to reach double-digits in Big West semifinal win over Cal State Northridge, tallying 13 points...Enjoyed midseason stretch in which she made 17 consecutive free-throws, longest by a Gaucho in 2004-05...Hauled down at least five rebounds in 12 of final 15 games...55 of her 132 total boards were grabbed on the offensive end, highest percentage (41.7%) on the team...Field goal mark of 54.7% would have ranked second in the Big West, but lacked the minimum 4.0 baskets per game to qualify as a league leader.
Granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA after tearing the medial collateral ligament in her left knee at Texas Tech, the third game of the season...Prior to injury, exploded for 10 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes during season-opening win over San Diego...Grabbed a total of three rebounds in six minutes of floor time vs. nationally-ranked foes Utah and Texas Tech.
Spent two seasons at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, KS, playing under head coach Darrin Spence...Averaged 12.1 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds while shooting 54.1 percent in 2002-03 for the Tigers, who won their second consecutive Jayhawk Conference East Division title...Earned Second Team All-NJCAA Region VI acclaim that season and repeated as a first-team all-league honoree...CCCC advanced to the regional championship game in 2002-03, defeating defending national champs Seward County in the semifinals....Nichols considers that victory her most memorable athletic experience...Conference Freshman of the Year in 2001-02, posting averages of 10 points and six rebounds and shooting 56 percent from the floor.
A 2001 graduate of Bakersfield High School, which also boasts Gaucho head coach Mark French among its alumni...As a senior, was named MVP of the Southeast Yosemite League and an all-city choice by the Bakersfield Californian...Drillers captured the league crown in 2000-01...Coached by Nate Johnson...First three years of varsity career were spent at Highland High School...Missed nearly all of junior campaign after suffering an ankle injury during a preseason tournament...Also played one season each of varsity volleyball and softball...Gained six years of club basketball experience with Bakersfield O.G.D.L.
Autumn Dawn Nichols was born on May 6, 1983 in Bakersfield, CA to Beverly Moland and Willie Nichols II...Has three older siblings - Alyce, Janice and Willie III - and two younger - Ashley and Palmer...A sociology major at UCSB who is also pursuing a minor in black studies...Would like to teach and coach basketball in the junior college ranks after completing her professional playing career...Models her game after Shaquille O'Neal...Enjoys dancing and reading the works of Terry McMillian..."Armageddon" and "American Idol" are her favorite movie and TV show, respectively...Also recruited by Louisiana Tech, Oregon State and Cal before committing to the Gauchos.