May 19, 1984 |
Burke County, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Freedom (Morganton, North Carolina)|
|College||Virginia Tech (2002–2006)|
|WNBA draft||2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 34th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Sky|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Hardin was born in Burke County, North Carolina. At Virginia Tech, Gardin led her Hokies to four consecutive NCAA appearances. As a senior, she averaged a double-double with 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Virginia Tech statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Gardin was drafted 34th overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky. Before the season started, the Sky waived her. Before the 2007 WNBA season, Gardin was signed by the Seattle Storm. Like in Chicago, she was waived by the Storm before seeing any regular season action. In 2008, the Connecticut Sun signed Gardin as a free agent. She retained a roster spot and went on to start 15 games, helping the Sun post a 21–13 overall record. In the 2008 WNBA Playoffs, Gardin ranked first in the league in steals per turnover (5.0).
She played for Jolly JBS Sibenik in Croatia during the 2008–09 WNBA off-season.