The stat sheet does not do Duke's Keturah Jackson justice. You have to look far beyond the numbers to find what the fith-year senior means to the Duke women's basketball team.
The former all-state performer at Dreher is scoring an unspectacular 5.7 points per game and is second on the Blue Devils with 86 assists. But what Jackson gives the ACC champion Blue Devils cannot be measured in numbers, according to coach Joanne McCallie.
"K.J. has been the heart and soul of our program since me and my staff have been here," McCallie said of her 6-foot guard-forward. "She has committed so much to the program. She loves to do well and she's a winner. She'll do whatever it takes to win."
Jackson was honored by her coach's praise, but said she is only trying to do what she can to get the Blue Devils to play to their potential.
"That's a great compliment, but, of course, I'd never say that I thought I was the heart and soul of the team," Jackson said. "I just try to contribute as much as I can and provide a leadership role. I want to keep my teammates playing with high energy."
Jackson was a prolific scorer at Dreher, where she averaged 19.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. She redshirted the 2005-06 season at Duke due to an ankle injury, but has been a key role player the past four seasons for the Blue Devils.
"It's gone by pretty fast," Jackson said of her time at Duke. "My freshman year seemed like it was the longest because of my injury, but the rest has really flown by."
Jackson helped the Blue Devils compile a 27-5 record and ACC tournament championship. She had six points, five rebounds and two assists in the Blue Devils' victory against N.C. State in the championship game, sealing Duke's first ACC tournament championship since 2004.
Duke has been ranked in the top 10 most of the season and was ranked No. 7 heading into a mid-January matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium against top-ranked and unbeaten Connecticut.
The Huskies rolled to an 81-48 victory in what Jackson now says was a turning point in the Blue Devils' season.
It was Jackson's job, as one of only three seniors on the roster, to make sure her teammates did not dwell on the loss.
"It helped us realize how much we need each other," Jackson said. "We learned we needed to get back to the details of the game like spacing, better communication on the court.
"I don't think it stuck with us that long. We just became more focused."
Duke has bounced back since that game and won 12 of its last 14 games. It is projected to be a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Jackson said she and her teammates would like a rematch against UConn, but stressed the importance of not looking too far down the road.
"We just have to go out and play Duke basketball every night," she said. "We just need to focus on the next game. Your only value is how well you play in your next game."
HIGH SCHOOL: Helped Dreher to 24-4 record her senior season by averaging 19.8 points, 9.0 rebounds. ... Scored 20 or more points 14 times as a senior. ... Named 2004 Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina. ... Chosen South Carolina Class 3A "Miss Basketball."
COLLEGE: Redshirted 2005-06 season. ... Played in 23 games as a freshman, averaging 2.0 points, 1.8 rebounds. ... Started 10 games, played in 35 as a sophomore, averaging 4.1 points, 3.1 rebounds. ... Made 16 starts and played in 32 games as a junior, averaging 3.1 points, 2.9 rebounds.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 14, 1988. ... Daughter of Roderick and Katherine Jackson. ... Earned sociology degree in summer of 2009 and is attending business school.