Elgin High School Class of 1996
Melissa Parker played basketball 4 years at Elgin as the Maroons posted a 109-13 record during her career, including a 63-1 Upstate Eight Conference mark that included 4 titles. As a senior, she helped lead the Lady Maroons to a 31-2 record and a second place finish at the state tournament. Parker, known for her all-out style of play, averaged 18.1 points per game as a senior along with 8.9 assists and 6.7 rebounds. For her 120 game career, Melissa averaged 15.8 points and 7.6 assists per game. She was named to no less than 5 statewide All-State first teams her senior season and twice was the Courier News Player of the Year. Parker went on to the University of Illinois where she started 84 of the 99 games she played. She led the team in 3-pointers her junior year with 66, which ranks second most all-time at Illinois for a season. In addition, she finished with 133 total 3-pointers, which ranks third all-time. Her 89 assists in 1996-97 ranks fourth all-time for a freshman and helped put Melissa in the top ten all-time in assists. Unfortunately, her career was cut short 13 games into her senior season due to successive concussions. Parker played for Illini teams that went to the NCAA tournament 4 times, made 2 Sweet Sixteen appearances, and won a Big Ten Championship. She finished her career with 724 points(7.3 per game average) and 264 career assists (2.7 per game average).