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Makaela Nellams
Makaela  Nellams

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Everett, Wash.

High School:
Everett

Height:
5-7

Position:
Defender/Forward

Birthdate:
08/30/1993

12/04/2015

Roff Era Begins with Winning Season

Annual season recap chronicles highlights of Purdue's 2015 campaign

10/28/2015

Golden Boot Returns to West Lafayette

Boilermakers finish with a winning record for the first time since 2009

10/27/2015

Purdue Closes 2015 with Golden Boot Game

Boilermakers look to finish with a winning record for first time since 2009

10/25/2015

Soccer Falls in Overtime at Michigan

Ginther makes a season-high seven saves, but can't stop OT breakaway

10/23/2015

Purdue With a Lot to Play for at Michigan

Boilermakers rooting for Northwestern and Indiana this weekend as well

11/16/2015

Makaela Nellams, 2015 Player Gallery

Makaela Nellams, 2015 Player Gallery

02/24/2015

Makaela Nellams 2014 Photo Gallery

Makaela Nellams 2014 Photo Gallery

10/22/2014

Nebraska-Iowa Road Trip

Rick Szalach photo gallery from Purdue's Nebraska-Iowa road trip.

09/29/2014

Purdue hosts Minnesota & Wisconsin

Purdue vs. Minnesota and Wisconsin

09/18/2014

Purdue vs. Ohio State Mega Gallery

Purdue vs. Ohio State

2015 Photo Gallery | 2014 Photo Gallery
2013 Photo Gallery | 2012 Photo Gallery

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: USA National Team
Favorite Athlete: Kyle Beckerman
Favorite Marquee Event: World Cup
Favorite Country to Root For at World Cup: Germany
Pro Goalkeeper She'd Most Like to Shoot Against: Hope Solo
People She'd Like to Have Dinner With: Beyonce, Rhianna & Kanye West
In Her MP3 Player: Beyonce
Last Concert She Attended: Beyonce
Favorite Actor: Will Smith
Favorite Month: December
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Food: Rice
Favorite Dessert: Red Velvet Cake
Favorite Purdue Building: Beering Hall
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Swimming at the Beach
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Tennis
Favorite Big City: San Diego
Unique Travel Locale: Europe
Island She'd Like to Visit: Bora Bora
Most Memorable Game at Purdue: 2013 Overtime Win at Miami (Ohio)
Enjoyed This Professor's Class: Stacey Smith, Italian
Furry Friends: Milo & Angel, Cats

SENIOR / 2015
Nellams started all 18 games, one of just four Boilermakers to do so... connected on penalty kicks at Minnesota and at Maryland... scored at Maryland for the second year in a row, leading Purdue to an overtime win in College Park... became the 10th player in program history to score an overtime golden goal, helping the Boilermakers win at OT game on the road for fourth year in a row... also assisted on Hannah Leinert's equalizer at Maryland... went the distance in four straight games late in the season, including the scoreless draw with NCAA College Cup qualifier Rutgers... also helped Purdue post shutouts against Ohio, Evansville and Indiana... average 73 minutes per game... finished her career having started 26 consecutive games and 18 straight in Big Ten play... scored all four of her collegiate goals in Big Ten play.

JUNIOR / 2014
Nellams played in 16 games and started the final eight games of the season... scored her first collegiate goal in the final minute of the BTN-televised win against Ohio State... also scored early in the loss at Maryland... accounted for the goal (at Maryland) that led to Alex Hairston's program record 23rd career assist... became the first Boilermaker since 2012 to score her first career goal in Big Ten play and the first since 2011 to record each of her first two scores against conference rivals... her goal in the third minute at Maryland was Purdue's quickest of the season... had six shots on goal among her 12 total shots for the season... played in all 13 Big Ten games... logged double-figure minutes in 15 of the 16 games in which she played... went the distance in the double-overtime draw with Michigan... averaged 46.9 minutes per game and 75.6 minutes per game as a starter.

SOPHOMORE / 2013
Nellams played in 17 games, making three starts at outside back... started games against Kansas, Penn State and Ohio State... missed only the Dartmouth and IPFW games... helped Purdue post shutouts against Akron, Ohio State, Illinois and Northwestern... logged a season-high 66 minutes in the overtime win at Miami (Ohio)... led the reserves in minutes played in games against Xavier (58), Northern Illinois (49), Miami, Michigan (75), Indiana (55), Minnesota (28) and Iowa (51)... recorded shots on goal against Xavier and Iowa... logged double-figure minutes in 15 of the 17 games in which she played... averaged 40.8 minutes per game.

FRESHMAN / 2012
Nellams played in 18 games, making eight starts... missed only the season-opening win against Toledo... saw action at both forward and defender, finishing the year as a starting defender... started the final five games of the year and seven of the 11 Big Ten games... went the distance in each of the final four games of the season... recorded seven shots, including four on goal, in her college debut, the overtime win against Eastern Illinois.

HIGH SCHOOL / CLUB
Four-year letterwinner for coach Kosta Pitharoulis... also ran track for three years... team MVP and first team all-conference as a junior... MVP of the JV soccer team as a freshman was elevated to varsity and helped EHS win the Washington state title... varsity track team MVP as a sophomore... honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore playing varsity soccer... Torch Honors Society

Biographical Information

Major: Film & Video Studies

Parents: Abin-Bola & Sorai Page Nellams

Siblings: Eiki, Taito & Diontea

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