Glenn Braica is the men's basketball head coach at St. Francis College since 2010. Braica was born in Brooklyn, New York and is an alumnus of Bishop Ford High School and Queens College. Braica began his head coaching career at St. Francis College in 2010 and had 22 years of coaching experience at the time split between New York City Tech, St. Francis and St. John's as an assistant coach. Since becoming the 17th head coach in the programs history in 2010, Braica has reached the Northeast Conference Tournament each of his 6 years and produced a 98–91 overall record and a 65–41 conference record. Braica attended St. Agnes High School from 1980–82 and Bishop Ford in Brooklyn from 1982–84. Braica played for the Knights from 1984 -- 88 as a point guard. At Queens College, Braica became great friends. Prior to St. Johns's, Braica was an assistant coach for Ron Ganulin at St. Francis College, where in Braica's last seven years, the Terriers posted a 118-83 record, including an 88-42 mark in the Northeast Conference.
Other notable accomplishments during Braica's tenure as an assistant at St. Francis include finishing with a.500 or better record in the league seven straight years, at that time the longest active streak in the league. They reached the NEC semi-finals five times and had two championship game appearances in Braica's last five seasons. While at St. John's, Braica helped lead the Red Storm to two NIT bids as an assistant coach. On April 29, 2010, Glenn Braica was announced as the 17th head coach in the history of the St. Francis Terriers men's basketball program, he replaced Brian Nash, who resigned for personal reasons on April 7, 2010. In Braica's first season as head coach, the Terriers qualified for the NEC tournament as the 5th seed, they lost in the first round of the NEC Tournament to Central Connecticut State 62–64. Under Braica, Akeem Bennett became the first Terrier selected to the NBA D-League. In Braica's first year, the Terriers increased their scoring by more than six points per game from the previous season and were one of the best teams in the country in taking care of the basketball, averaging a conference-low 13.3 turnovers per game.
The team led the NEC with 7.80 steals per game. In his second season, Braica led the Terriers to their second NEC tournament with the 4th seed, they went 12–6 in the NEC, their most wins since the 2003-04 season and they hosted their first home tournament game since 1997, a 72–80 loss to Quinnipiac. Additionally, Braica was selected as the 2012 NEC Jim Phelan coach of the year and as the 2012 NABC District 18 Co-Coach of the Year. For the 2012 -- 13 season, Braica's team went 8 -- 11 in conference play, they finished 8th, well below where they were expected to finish in the NEC coach's preseason poll but qualified for the NEC tournament. In the 2013 NEC Tournament the Terriers again lost in the first round, this time to Robert Morris 75–57. For the 2013–14 season campaign, Braica was able to guide his Terriers to a 9–6 non-conference record, one win shy of being the first NEC team to win 10 non-conference games in a season. Part of this success was the Terriers stingy defense and big road wins against Miami, Florida Atlantic and Stony Brook.
The Terriers participated in the 2013 Maui Invitational Tournament as part of the Mainland Bracket for the first time in the programs history. The Terriers produced a 1–1 record and won the consolation game of the Mainland bracket against Oakland; the Terriers finished the season at 18–13 and qualified for the NEC Tournament with the 5th seed yet lost at Mount St. Mary's 71–72, their 18 wins are the most since the 2001-2002 season and they led the NEC in scoring defense and rebounding margin. After the end of the season Braica was announced as a finalist for the 2014 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award; the Terriers for the first time in the programs history as members of the NEC, were selected as the preseason 2014–15 NEC favorites by league head coaches. The program was selected to participate in the 3rd annual 2014 Barclays Center Classic and faced Rutgers, LaSalle, Norfolk State and Tennessee State; the Terriers went 1–3, winning the consolation game of the Campus Site Bracket. St. Francis Brooklyn ended the non-conference portion of their schedule at 6–7, impressive considering they opened the season with a five-game losing streak.
On January 31, 2015, the Terriers gained sole possession of 1st place in the NEC after defeating LIU Brooklyn in the annual Battle of Brooklyn. For St. Francis Brooklyn, it marks the first time they have been in first place after 10 games since starting 8–2 in the 2003–04 season; that year the Terriers shared the NEC regular season title with Monmouth. On February 21, 2015 the Terriers clinched the NEC Regular Season Championship and recorded their first 20+ win season since the 1998–99 season; the Terriers closed out their regular reason season at 15-3 in conference play. At the end of the season Braica was awarded with his second NEC Jim Phelan coach of the year award. Braica led his team to the NEC Tournament Championship game by defeating LIU Brooklyn and Saint Francis, but lost to Robert Morris in the finals, it represents the closest the program has come to making the NCAA tournament since the 2002-03 season. By virtue of being the Regular Season Champions, the Terriers were selected for the 2015 NIT, the programs first post-season tournament in 52 years.
Braica's squad lost in the first round to Richmond but up a fight and were within 4 points with 2 minutes on the clock. The Terriers ended their season at 23–12 overall, tying the programs record for wins in a season last set in 1953–
Maurice Edward Cheeks is an American former professional basketball player and is an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He has served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. Cheeks was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2018. Cheeks was born in Chicago, attended DuSable High School, he attended West Texas State University from 1974 to 1978. Cheeks was an all-Missouri Valley Conference player for three straight seasons, as he averaged 16.8 points per game and shot nearly 57% for his collegiate career. He is the third leading scorer in WTSU/WTAM history. After college, Cheeks was selected as the 36th pick in the second round of the 1978 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, he played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, including 11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, He earned four trips to the NBA All-Star Game, he helped the 76ers to three trips to the NBA Finals in a four-year span in the early 1980s, including an NBA championship in 1983.
While starting at point guard for a Sixers team that at times included stars Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, Charles Barkley, Cheeks was well regarded for his team play and defensive skills. He was named to four straight NBA All-Defensive squads from 1983 to 1986, earned a spot on the second team in 1987. In NBA history, Cheeks ranks fifth in eleventh in assists. Upon his retirement from the NBA in 1993, he was the NBA all-time leader in steals and fifth in assists, he averaged 11.7 points and over 2 steals per game for his career. In his rookie year, Cheeks averaged 4.1 steals per game in the 1979 NBA Playoffs, an NBA record for one playoff run. After retirement, Cheeks spent one year coaching for the Continental Basketball Association’s Quad City Thunder, before becoming the 76ers assistant head coach in 1994, he coached under head coaches John Lucas, Johnny Davis, Larry Brown, he was an instrumental part of the Philadelphia team that reached the 2001 NBA Finals. In 2001, he was hired as Portland Trail Blazers head coach.
He led the team to two playoff berths in four years as coach, but could not get past the first round. He was fired after a poor start to the 2004–05 campaign. On April 25, 2003, during a game between the Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks, Cheeks aided 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert in singing the American national anthem. After Gilbert forgot the words at "At the twilight's last gleaming", Cheeks rushed over to help her and they finished it together, as the entire Rose Garden Arena crowd sang with them. Cheeks and Gilbert received a standing ovation. In 2005, Cheeks was named as head coach of the 76ers. Cheeks was popular among Sixers fans because of his eleven-year tenure with the Sixers, during which he helped guide the Sixers to the 1983 NBA championship; the move was praised by Sixers star Allen Iverson, who worked with Cheeks during his run as Sixers' Assistant Head Coach. However, he missed the playoffs in each of his first two seasons. Frustrations began to grow with Sixers veterans Allen Iverson and Chris Webber, who were not happy with the team's direction.
During the 2006–07 season, Iverson would be traded to the Nuggets and Webber would be released, leaving Cheeks with one of the youngest teams in the NBA. On February 20, 2007, the 76ers extended Cheeks' contract one year despite his losing record as coach. At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, expectations were low and the 76ers were picked to finish last in the Conference by many prognosticators. However, the Sixers clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Atlanta Hawks on April 4, 2008, it was their first postseason appearance since 2005, as well as the first in the post-Iverson era. However, they were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons, 4–2. With this elimination, many fans considered this to be a successful season, considering that the Sixers were 12 games under.500 in early February and went on to have a 21–7 run that led them to the playoffs. The Sixers started out the 2008–09 NBA season 9–14, despite their signing of Elton Brand and re-signing of Andre Iguodala during the offseason.
Due to their slow start, the 76ers fired Cheeks on December 13, 2008. In a 2015 interview with Sports Illustrated, former Sixers forward Matt Barnes referred to Cheeks as "a dick". On August 14, 2009, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. On June 10, 2013, Cheeks agreed to become the head coach of the Detroit Pistons. On February 9, 2014, the Detroit Pistons relieved him of his head coaching duties and replaced him with John Loyer on an interim basis for the remainder of the season. On June 29, 2015, Cheeks returned to the Thunder as an assistant coach. On September 7, 2018, Cheeks was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player. List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders List of National Basketball Association career playoff assists leaders List of National Basketball Association career playoff steals leaders List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game List of National Basketball Association annual minutes leaders Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
Robert Joseph Cousy is an American retired professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963 and with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969–70 season. Making his high school varsity squad as a junior, he went on to earn a scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross, where he led the Crusaders to berths in the 1948 NCAA Tournament and 1950 NCAA Tournament and was named an NCAA All-American for 3 seasons. Cousy was drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks as the third overall pick in the first round of the 1950 NBA draft, but after he refused to report, he was picked up by Boston, he had an exceptionally successful career with the Celtics, leading the league an unprecedented 8 straight years in assists, playing on six NBA championship teams, being voted into 13 NBA All-Star Games in his 13 full NBA seasons. He was named to 12 All-NBA First and Second Teams and won the 1957 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. En route to his assist streak, unmatched either in number of crowns or consecutive years, Cousy introduced a new blend of ball-handling and passing skills to the NBA that earned him the nickname "The Houdini of the Hardwood".
Known as "Cooz", he was introduced at Boston Garden as "Mr. Basketball". After his playing career, he coached the Royals for several years, capped by a seven-game cameo comeback for them at age 41. Cousy became a broadcaster for Celtics games. Upon his election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971 the Celtics retired his #14 jersey and hung it in the rafters of the Garden. Cousy was named to the NBA 25th Anniversary Team in 1971, the NBA 35th Anniversary Team in 1981, the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996, making him one of only four players that were selected to each of those teams, he was the first president of National Basketball Players Association. Cousy was the only son of poor French immigrants living in New York City, he grew up in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan's East Side, in the midst of the Great Depression. His father Joseph was a cab driver; the elder Cousy had served in the German Army during World War I. Shortly after the war, his first wife died of pneumonia.
He married a secretary and French teacher from Dijon. At the time of the 1930 census, the family was renting an apartment in Astoria, for $50 per month; the younger Cousy spoke French for the first 5 years of his life, started to speak English only after entering primary school. He spent his early days playing stickball in a multicultural environment playing with African Americans and other ethnic minority children; these experiences ingrained him with a strong anti-racist sentiment, an attitude he prominently promoted during his professional career. When he was 12, his family moved to a rented house in Queens; that summer, the elder Cousy put a $500 down payment for a $4,500 house four blocks away. He rented out the bottom two floors of the three-story building to tenants to help make his mortgage payments on time. Cousy took up basketball at the age of 13 as a student at St. Pascal's elementary school, was "immediately hooked"; the following year, he entered Andrew Jackson High School in St Albans.
His basketball success was not immediate, in fact he was cut from the school team in his first year. That year, he joined the St. Albans Lindens of the Press League, a basketball league sponsored by the Long Island Press, where he began to develop his basketball skills and gained much-needed experience; the next year, however, he was again cut during the tryouts for the school basketball team. That same year, he broke his right hand; the injury forced him to play left-handed until his hand healed, making him ambidextrous. In retrospect, he described this accident as "a fortunate event" and cited it as a factor in making him more versatile on the court. During a Press League game, the high school basketball coach saw, he was impressed by the budding star's two-handed ability and invited Cousy to come to practice the following day to try out for the junior varsity team. He did well enough to become a permanent member of the JV squad, he continued to practice day and night, by his junior year was sure he was going to be promoted to the varsity.
He joined the varsity squad midway through the season, scoring 28 points in his first game. He had no intention of attending college, but after he started to make a name for himself on the basketball court he started to focus on improving in both academics and basketball skills to make it easier for him to get into college, he again excelled in basketball his senior year, leading his team to the Queens divisional championship and amassing more points than any other New York City high school basketball player. He was named captain of the Journal-American All-Scholastic team, he began to plan for college. His family had wanted him to attend a Catholic school, he wanted to go somewhere outside New York City. Boston College recruited him, he considered accepting the BC offer, but it had no dormitories, he was not interested in being a commuter student. Soon afterward, he received an offer from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts about forty miles west of Boston, he was impressed by the school, accepted the basketball scholarship it offered him.
He spent the summer before matriculating working at Tamarack Lodge in the Catskill Mountains and playing in a local basketball league along with a number of established college players. Cousy was one of six freshmen on
Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two championships, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; the eldest of nine children, Frazier attended Atlanta's David Tobias Howard High School. He played catcher on the baseball team, he learned basketball on a rutted and dirt playground, the only facility available at his all-black school in the racially segregated South of the 1950s. After Howard, Frazier attended Southern Illinois University. Although he was offered other scholarships for his football skills, Frazier accepted a basketball offer from Southern Illinois University, saying that "there were no black quarterbacks, so I played basketball."Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country. He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965.
As a sophomore in 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament, only to lose in the finals to Jerry Sloan and the Evansville Purple Aces. 85-82 in overtime. In 1966, he was academically ineligible for basketball. SIU moved up from Division II to Division I in 1967, Frazier and SIU won the National Invitation Tournament, beating Marquette University 71-56 in the final, in the last college basketball game played at the old Madison Square Garden in New York. Frazier was named Most Valuable Player of the 1967 tournament. Frazier was drafted 5th overall by the New York Knicks, he scored just 2 points in a 13-point loss against the Detroit Pistons in his NBA debut, but went on to become one of five NBA players to be named to the NBA All-Rookie team during the 1967-68 NBA season. After averaging only 9.0 points per game during his rookie year, Frazier's 17.5 points, 7.9 assists, 6.2 rebounds per game averages in his second year playing for New York made him one of the most improved players in the league.
Frazier was chosen for the All-Star team for the first time in his career during the 1969-70 NBA season. He would go on to be selected to 7 all-star teams over the course of his 10-year stint with the Knicks; the Knicks were able to make it all the way to the NBA finals during the 1969-70 NBA playoffs thanks to the great play of both Walt Frazier and star teammate Willis Reed. However, in game 5, Reed suffered a horrific leg injury, making him unable to walk for the next few days. With Reed out, chances of the Knicks winning the championship were slim. However, Reed somehow returned to the series, playing the first two minutes of game 7 and scoring the first two points of the game. Reed was in too much pain to continue to play for the last 46 minutes of the game, meaning that it was up to Frazier to lead New York to the victory. Frazier scored 36 points, had 19 assists, 7 rebounds, 6 steals that game, his astounding performance is arguably the greatest game in NBA playoff history, as it was the only reason why New York was able to defeat the Lakers and win the championship.
ESPN is one of the many websites to call Frazier's incredible game the greatest game 7 performance ever. The Knicks were unable to repeat as champions in 1971, falling to the Baltimore Bullets and their star shooting guard Earl Monroe in the second round of the playoffs despite Frazier's great 20.4 points per game average during the second series. Following the 1971 season the Knicks traded for Monroe, someone, always difficult for Walt Frazier to guard. Although not many people thought that he could fit in with Walt, he and Frazier soon become known as one of the best backcourts in the league earning the nickname “the Rolls Royce Backcourt.” The Knicks returned to the NBA Finals in 1972, but fell to the Los Angeles Lakers who completed a record setting season with an NBA championship. Frazier and the Knicks once again won the NBA championship in 1973, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a quick 5-game series. Frazier's defense on NBA superstar Jerry West played a major role in defeating the star-filled team.
This would be the second and final NBA title the Knicks would win, meaning that Walt Frazier was a member of every championship Knick team in NBA history. In 1976, Frazier was selected for his final NBA All-Star team. While playing for them, he picked up the nickname "Clyde" because he wore a hat similar to that of Warren Beatty, who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968. Frazier held Knicks franchise records for most games, minutes played, field goals attempted, field goals made, free throws attempted, free throws made and points. Center Patrick Ewing broke most of those records, but Frazier's assists record still stands. After ten years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Frazier was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 1976-77 NBA season for the younger Jim Cleamons; the trade left the NBA world stunned, as many people were furious that New York was willing to let go of arguably their greatest player in franchise history.
Frazier played only 66 games over the course of three seasons with the Cavaliers. He retired midway through the 1979-80 NBA season, when he only played 3 games and averaged career-lows of 3.3 points and 2.7 assists before being waived. Won 2 NBA championships with the New York Knicks. Frazier's #10 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks on December 15, 1979. Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, with Pete Maravich and Rick Ba
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Emigrant Savings Bank is a private American financial institution, it is the oldest savings bank in New York City and the ninth-largest owned bank in America. It has several online-only divisions that offer high yield savings accounts, including Emigrant Direct, Dollar Savings Direct and their latest offering, My Savings Direct; the bank was founded in 1850 by 18 members of the Irish Emigrant Society with the goal of serving the needs of the immigrant community in New York. The headquarters used to be at the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank building on Chambers Street. Emigrant Savings collected extensive records of the arriving Irish immigrants to America, which were donated to the New York Public Library and serve as valuable genealogical resources. In 1986, The Emigrant Savings Bank converted from a mutual to a stock savings bank following several years of loss in an unfavorable environment; the bank increased its online presence with the introduction of the virtual bank Emigrant Direct in 2005.
The Milstein family owns the bank. In July 2012 the sale of 30 branches to Apple Bank for Savings was announced, two branches were retained
Nikolaos Georgalis known as either Nikos Galis, or Nick Galis, is a retired Greek professional basketball player. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991, is an inaugural member of the FIBA Hall of Fame and was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors in 2008. Galis is regarded as one of Europe's greatest scorers to play the game, as well as one of the all-time greatest players in FIBA international basketball history. In 2017, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Galis played the point guard position during his college basketball years at Seton Hall University, but turned into a shooting guard as a professional, he spent most of his career before having a late stint with Panathinaikos. He is the EuroLeague's all-time leader in points per game, leading the competition in scoring eight times. In the premier European club scene, he reached the EuroLeague Final Four on four occasions, three consecutive times with Aris, another one with Panathinaikos.
An eight-time Greek league champion, Galis is the Greek Championship's unofficial all-time leading scorer, in both career points scored and career scoring average, counting all league formats. Galis led the senior Greek national team to a EuroBasket gold medal in 1987, as well as to a EuroBasket silver medal in 1989, earning the tournament MVP honor in 1987, being elected to the All-EuroBasket Team four times. Among his myriad accomplishments, he holds the EuroBasket record for highest career scoring average, was the leading scorer of four EuroBasket tournaments in 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991. In addition to that, he holds the FIBA World Cup record for highest career scoring average, as well as for most points scored in a single tournament, which he set at the 1986 FIBA World Cup. Following the stunning success of the EuroBasket title in 1987, he won the Mr. Europa Player of the Year and the Euroscar awards the same year. Nicknamed "Iron Man", "Nick The Greek", "The Gangster", Galis is revered in Greece, where he is considered by many to be the greatest national athlete the country has seen.
His years at Aris lifted Greek basketball from relative obscurity, to global power status, with Galis being the figure that inspired thousands of Greeks to take up the game. Galis was born in New Jersey; the child of a poor immigrant family, from the Greek islands of Rhodes and Nisyros, Galis took up boxing in his early years, after his father, George Georgalis, a boxer in his youth. He was persuaded to give up boxing by his mother, Stella Georgalis, terrified after each time that her son would return home from boxing training with a new facial injury; as a result, Galis started playing the sport of basketball instead of boxing. He attended Union Hill High School, in Union City, where he played high school basketball. After high school, Galis enrolled at Seton Hall University, where he played college basketball as a member of the Seton Hall Pirates. In his senior season, Galis saw his scoring average reach 27.5 points per game, third in the nation, behind Idaho State's Lawrence Butler and Indiana State's Larry Bird, including a 48-point outburst against the University of Santa Clara.
In his senior year of college, Galis won the Haggerty Award, the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year award. The same year, he played in the Pizza Hut All-American game, alongside Bird and Vinnie Johnson. During his 4-year college career, Galis played in a total of 107 games and scored 1,651 points, for a career scoring average of 15.4 points per game. Galis' head coach at Seton Hall, Billy Raftery, would state that Galis was the best player he coached. While at Seton Hall, Galis was a good friend and roommate of Italian-American professional basketball player Dan Callandrillo. Galis was inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame, in 1991. After finishing his collegiate career in 1979, Galis signed with agent Bill Manon, who managed Diana Ross. Manon did not have Galis work out with any NBA team. Galis was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 4th round of the 1979 NBA Draft, 68th overall. Due to a severe ankle injury that Galis suffered during the Celtics preseason training camp of the 1979–80 season, the franchise was no longer interested in offering him a contract because Gerald Henderson had taken his place on the team, his injury would keep him out for the foreseeable future.
Galis decided to pursue a professional career in Greece's top-tier level Basket League. While still playing in Greece, he would be offered NBA contracts by the Celtics and the New Jersey Nets. However, he turned the offers down, because at the time, until 1989, FIBA did not have professional status, did not allow NBA players to compete at the national team level. Since playing with the senior Greek national team meant so much to him, he stayed in Greece. Celtics then-president Red Auerbach said that the single biggest mistake he made in his career was not keeping Galis. After suffering an ankle injury in the Boston Celtics 1979–80 preseason training camp, which prevented him from receiving a contract with the Celtics, Galis made the move across the Atlantic, signed to play with Aris of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1979. Panathinaikos and Olympiacos had shown some interest in sig
Cynthia Lynne Cooper-Dyke is an American basketball coach and former player who has won championships in college, in the Olympics, in the Women's National Basketball Association. She is considered by many as one of the greatest women's basketball players ever. In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. Upon the league's formation, she played for the Houston Comets from 1997–2000, being named the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA Finals in all four seasons, returned to play again in 2003. On April 11, 2013 she was introduced as the head coach for the University of Southern California women's basketball team. In her first season as head coach at USC, she led the Women of Troy to their first Pac-12 conference championship and their first NCAA tournament bid since 2006. After four seasons, she resigned from USC following the 2016–17 season, she attended Locke High School before enrolling at the University of Southern California. Cooper participated athletically in both field as well as basketball.
She led her team to the California State Championship scoring an average of 31 points per game, scoring 44 points in one game. Cooper was named the Los Angeles Player of the Year. Cooper was a four-year letter winner at guard for USC from 1982–1986, she led the Women of Troy to NCAA appearances in all four years, Final Four appearances in three of her four years, back-to-back NCAA tournament titles in 1983 and 1984. After the 1984 Championship, she left school, but was persuaded to return, she completed four years with USC. Cooper closed out her collegiate career with an appearance in the 1986 NCAA tournament championship game and a spot on the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. Cooper ranks eighth on USC’s all-time scoring list with 1,559 points, fifth in assists and third in steals. While Cooper was at USC, the Women of Troy compiled a record of 114–15, she earned her bachelor's degree from Prairie View A&M University in 2005. Source Cooper was named to represent the US at the 1981 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, while still in high school.
The team won seven of eight games to win the silver medal for the event. Cooper recorded nine steals. Cooper was selected to represent the US at the inaugural Goodwill games, held in Moscow in July 1986. North Carolina State's Kay Yow served as head coach; the team opened up with a 72–53 win over Yugoslavia, followed that with a 21-point win over Brazil 91–70. The third game would be much closer. Cheryl Miller was the scoring leader in this game, scoring 26 points to help the US to a 78–70 victory; the US faced Bulgaria in the semi-final match up, again won, this time 67–58. This set up the final against the Soviet Union, led by 7-foot-2 Ivilana Semenova, considered the most dominant player in the world; the Soviet team, had a 152–2 record in major international competition over the prior three decades, including an 84–82 win over the US in the 1983 World Championships. The Soviets held the early edge, leading 21–19 at one time, before the US went on a scoring run to take a large lead they did not relinquish.
The final score was 83–60 in favor of the USA, earning the gold medal for the US squad. Cooper averaged 2.0 points per game. Cooper continued to represent the US with the national team at the 1986 World Championship, held in Moscow, a month after the Goodwill Games in Moscow; the US team was more dominant this time. The early games were won and the semifinal against Canada, while the closest game for the US so far, ended up an 82–59 victory. At the same time, the Soviet team was winning as well, the final game pitted two teams each with 6–0 records; the Soviet team, having lost only once at home, wanted to show that the Goodwill games setback was a fluke. The US team started by scoring the first eight points, raced to a 45–23 lead, although the Soviets fought back and reduced the halftime margin to 13; the US went on a 15—1 run in the second half to out the game away, ended up winning the gold medal with a score of 108–88. Cooper averaged 5.9 points per game. Cooper played for USA Basketball as part of the 1987 USA Women's Pan American Team which won a gold medal in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Cooper was a member of the gold medalist 1988 US Olympic Women's Basketball Team. and the Bronze Medal team in 1992. Cooper played for several teams in the European leagues: Samoa Bétera 1986–1987 Parma 1987–1994 Alcamo 1994–1996During her time playing for Samoa Bétera, a Spanish team, she was the league leading scorer with 36.7 ppg. During the ten years she played in the Italian leagues, she was the leagues leading scorer eight times, finished second the other two years. In 1987, she was the MVP of the European All-Star team, she was named to the All-Star team of the Italian leagues in 1996–1997. At the age of 34, Cooper signed to play with the Houston Comets, she led the league in scoring three consecutive years, galvanizing the franchise to a record four WNBA Championships. In addition, she was voted the WNBA's MVP in 1997 and 1998 and named Most Valuable Player in each of those four WNBA Finals. Cooper was named the 1998 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. During the Comet dynasty, she was a vital part of the triple threat offense with Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson.
When retired in 2000, Cooper became the first player in WNBA history to score 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 2,500 career points. She scored 30 or more points in 16 of her 120 games and had a 92-game double-figure scoring streak from 1997–2000, she went on to coach the Phoenix Mercury for one and a half seasons. Cooper r