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
Suzanne Brigit Bird is an American-Israeli professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association. Bird was the first overall pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft, she holds a front office position for the NBA's Denver Nuggets as their Basketball Operations Associate. She played for multiple basketball teams outside the United States. In high school, she was the New York State Player of the Year, the New York Daily News Player of the Year, a WBCA All-American. In her senior year at undefeated UConn in 2002, she won the Wade Trophy and the Naismith Award as College Player of the Year, she finished her UConn career ranked first in three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage, second in assists and steals, as a three-time winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation, while leading her team to a record of 114–4. Bird has won three WNBA championships, four Olympic gold medals, two NCAA Championships, four FIBA World Cups - making her one of only 11 women to attain all four accolades.
She is a five-time EuroLeague Champion She has been selected to eleven WNBA All-Star teams and eight All-WNBA teams. In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time and was voted into the WNBA Top 20@20 as one of the league's Top 20 Players of All Time. Bird was born in New York on Long Island to Herschel and Nancy Bird, she has an older sister named Jen. Her father is an Italian-born Russian Jew and their original last name was "Boorda"; as a result, she has held Israeli citizenship since 2006 but represents her birth country in international competitions. Bird was interested in sports from an early age, influenced by her athletic older sister. Besides basketball, she played soccer and ran track. Sue became a good player and started playing AAU basketball in the sixth grade. While only 11 years old, she played during halftime of a St. John's basketball game, she wanted more competition. She therefore enrolled at Christ the King Regional High School in New York. Sue spent two seasons at Christ the King, the Royals went 24–3 her junior year.
In the second season her team finished undefeated and won the New York state championship, the national title. Bird won many awards, including the New York State Player of the Year, the New York Daily News Player of the Year. Bird was named a WBCA All-American, she participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game. Bird was recruited by a number of teams including Vanderbilt, she considered UConn the favorite, but she began to waver when Keirsten Walters and Brianne Stepherson, both point guards, announced commitments to UConn. She worried. However, when Stepherson changed her mind and committed to Boston College, Bird committed to UConn. In addition to increased opportunity, UConn was close to home and had a program with a winning tradition like Christ the King. Eight games into her freshman season, Bird suffered a torn ACL. Since she had played more than 20% of team's games the 1998–1999 season, she was not able to redshirt. In her sophomore season she came back to lead the team to a 36–1 record, the Big East Championship, the 2000 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.
The Huskies went 32–3 the following season with the final loss coming against UConn's Big East rival Notre Dame in the Final Four. This game would be the last loss in Bird's college career, as the Huskies went an undefeated 39–0 in her 2001–2002 senior season. In that season, she won the Wade Trophy and Naismith Award as College Player of the Year. During her junior year, Bird played in a game against Notre Dame referred to as "the best women's basketball game played"; the game was memorialized in a book, Bird at the Buzzer, in which Bird took the eponymous shot at the buzzer to win the game. She finished her UConn career on many of the record lists, she ranks No. 24 on the 1,000 point list with 1,378 points, No. 2 in assists with 585, seventh with 243 steals. She free throw percentage, she won two three Big East Championships and Big East regular season titles. Bird was the inaugural winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award in 2000, given to the top point guard in the nation, won the award in 2001 and 2002.
Overall, her record at UConn in games she played is a remarkable 114–4. Bird was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program; the Seattle Storm selected Bird with the first overall pick of the 2002 WNBA draft. She would play alongside superstar Lauren Jackson, drafted first overall the year before. In her rookie season, Bird averaged 14.4 ppg. She was selected as a starter on the 2002 WNBA Western Conference All-Star team. Bird was the runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award, one of only two rookies to make the All-WNBA First Team. Both Bird and Jackson led the Storm to their first playoff appearance. During her first year in the league, Bird scored a career-high 33 points in a regular-season game against the Portland Fire. Since her rookie season she has been selected to the Western Conference All Star team. In 2004, the Storm acquired shooting guard Betty Lennox in a dispersal dr
Lauren Elizabeth Jackson is an Australian former professional basketball player. The daughter of two national basketball team players, Jackson was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in 1997, when she was 16. In 1998, she led the AIS team. Jackson joined the Canberra Capitals for the 1999 season when she turned 18 and played with the team off and on until 2006, winning four more WNBL championships. From 2010 to 2016, Jackson played with the Canberra Capitals, which she did during the Women's National Basketball Association offseason during the time she continued WNBA play. Jackson made the Australian under-20 team when she was only 14 years old and was first called up to the Australian Women's National Basketball Team when she was 16 years old, she was a member the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics teams and captain of the 2008 Summer Olympics team, winning three silver medals. She was part of the Australian team that won the bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Jackson was a member of the Australian Senior Women's Team that won a silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship for Women in China, co-captain of the team that won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, captain of the team that won a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil. In 2001, Jackson entered the Women's National Basketball Association draft and was selected by the Seattle Storm, which viewed Jackson as a franchise player, she won two WNBA titles with the Storm, in 2004 and 2011, the latter earning Jackson the WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. Jackson ranks among the top WNBA players in played games, minutes played, field goals, three-point shots, turnover percentage. Jackson played club basketball in Europe with WBC Spartak Moscow in Russia and Ros Casares Valencia in Spain, she played in the Women's Korean Basketball League, where she was named the league's Most Valuable Player and set a league record scoring 56 points, in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association.
Jackson announced her retirement from basketball on 31 March 2016, citing a persistent knee injury as the reason for her decision. Besides her basketball career, Jackson is in the process of attaining her university degree at the Macquarie University, majoring in gender studies. Lauren Elizabeth Jackson, whose nicknames include "Loz", "Jacko" and "LJ", was born in Albury, New South Wales, on 11 May 1981, the oldest of two children of Gary Jackson and his wife Maree Bennie. Both her parents played for Australia's national basketball teams. Jackson inherited her height from her father, who played for the Boomers in 1975, while her mother, played for the Opals from 1974 to 1982, she played in two World Championships, for the women's basketball team at Louisiana State in the late 1980s, wearing the number 15, the number Jackson wears in her mother's honour. She was one of the first Australians to play in the American collegiate system, where she was known for her aggressive style of play and was nicknamed "the assassin".
Her parents continued to play basketball locally on the social level when Lauren and her brother were young, her family had a basketball court in their backyard when Jackson was growing up. Her grandfather played for the Western Suburbs Magpies. Jackson grew up in Albury, she earned her Higher School Certificate in Canberra while she was training with the Australian Institute of Sport. Jackson studied for a psychology degree at Lomonosov Moscow State University and continued via correspondence from America. In 2007, she was working on a university course in business management. In 2010, she was taking classes at Macquarie University in Sydney, her course work included topics like women's rights and racism. Injuries have prevented her from studying around 2010, but in 2012, she was back working on her degree, her aspirations have included becoming a United Nations diplomat, she has considered becoming an advocate for women. Her interests regarding gender studies were inspired by a book regarding the rape during the Rwandan Genocide, Jackson is an ambassador of a foundation that seeks to empower the abused women of that war.
By 2015, Jackson was trying to get a Bachelor of Gender and Diversity at the University of Canberra through distance education. As a youngster, Jackson was active in other sports, she was involved in athletics at school and played tennis, which she gave up because competitions conflicted with her ability to play basketball. She played on her school netball team, until the age of 14, giving it up because of basketball commitments. In the off season, Jackson trains by pumping weights. Jackson is 195 centimetres tall, she was this tall by the time she turned 16, after she gained 15 centimetres in height when she was 15 years old. Jackson is believed to have married basketballer Paul Byrne in 2014. Jackson's first child was born in 2017. Lauren is the most famous basketball player in Australia, a position she reached by 2003. Prior to this, Australia's most famous player was Michelle Timms, Australia's first player of either gender to play internationally, she was recognised as one of the world's best basketball players by the time she was 21.
She has been described as Australia's answer to Michael Jordan or Shaquille O'Neal, the best female basketball player in the world. She has said regarding being the best female basketball player in the world: "I don't think about it. Nobody talks to me like that. It's not something. My family and people who have known me all my life, they see me for who I am, and
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports; the organization is headquartered in Indiana. In its 2016–17 fiscal year the NCAA took in $1.06 billion in revenue, over 82% of, generated by the Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. In August 1973, the current three-division system of Division I, Division II, Division III was adopted by the NCAA membership in a special convention. Under NCAA rules, Division I and Division II schools can offer scholarships to athletes for playing a sport. Division III schools may not offer any athletic scholarships. Larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in II and III. Division I football was further divided into I-A and I-AA in 1978. Subsequently, the term "Division I-AAA" was added to delineate Division I schools which do not field a football program at all, but that term is no longer used by the NCAA.
In 2006, Divisions I-A and I-AA were renamed the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision. Controversially, the NCAA caps the benefits that collegiate athletes can receive from their schools. There is a consensus among economists that these caps for men's basketball and football players benefit the athletes' schools at the expense of athletes. Intercollegiate sports began in the US in 1852 when crews from Harvard and Yale universities met in a challenge race in the sport of rowing; as rowing remained the preeminent sport in the country into the late-1800s, many of the initial debates about collegiate athletic eligibility and purpose were settled through organizations like the Rowing Association of American Colleges and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. As other sports emerged, notably football and basketball, many of these same concepts and standards were adopted. Football, in particular, began to emerge as a marquee sport, but the rules of the game itself were in constant flux and had to be adapted for each contest.
The NCAA dates its formation to two White House conferences convened by President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 20th century in response to repeated injuries and deaths in college football which had "prompted many college and universities to discontinue the sport." Following those White House meetings and the reforms which had resulted, Chancellor Henry MacCracken of New York University organized a meeting of 13 colleges and universities to initiate changes in football playing rules. The IAAUS was established on March 31, 1906, took its present name, the NCAA, in 1910. For several years, the NCAA was a discussion group and rules-making body, but in 1921, the first NCAA national championship was conducted: the National Collegiate Track and Field Championships. More rules committees were formed and more championships were created, including a basketball championship in 1939. A series of crises brought the NCAA to a crossroads after World War II; the "Sanity Code" – adopted to establish guidelines for recruiting and financial aid – failed to curb abuses.
Postseason football games were multiplying with little control, member schools were concerned about how the new medium of television would affect football attendance. The complexity of those problems and the growth in membership and championships demonstrated the need for full-time professional leadership. Walter Byers a part-time executive assistant, was named executive director in 1951, a national headquarters was established in Kansas City, Missouri in 1952. Byers wasted no time placing his stamp on the Association. A program to control live television of football games was approved, the annual Convention delegated enforcement powers to the Association's Council, legislation was adopted governing postseason bowl games; as college athletics grew, the scope of the nation's athletics programs diverged, forcing the NCAA to create a structure that recognized varying levels of emphasis. In 1973, the Association's membership was divided into three legislative and competitive divisions – I, II, III.
Five years in 1978, Division I members voted to create subdivisions I-A and I-AA in football. Until the 1980s, the association did not offer women's athletics. Instead, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, with nearly 1000 member schools, governed women's collegiate sports in the United States; the AIAW was in a vulnerable position. Following a one-year overlap in which both organizations staged women's championships, the AIAW discontinued operation, most member schools continued their women's athletics programs under the governance of the NCAA. By 1982 all divisions of the NCAA offered national championship events for women's athletics. A year in 1983, the 75th Convention approved an expansion to plan women's athletic program services and pushed for a women's championship program. By the 1980s, televised college football had become a larger source of income for the NCAA. In September 1981, the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Georgia Athletic Association filed suit against the NCAA in district court in Oklahoma.
The plaintiffs stated that the NCAA's football tel
2002 WNBA draft
2002 WNBA draft – April 20, 2002 Four of the top six draft picks, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones and Tamika Raymond were from the same team, the 2002 NCAA Champion University of Connecticut. Connecticut Huskies players Tamika Williams, Sue Bird, Asjha Jones and Swin Cash were all selected in the first round of the draft; each player had immediate impacts with their 2002 WNBA Teams. Cash and Williams accounted for 21.3, 19.9 and 17.3 percent of their teams’ total points and assists. Jones, a reserve, posted 8.8 percent of the Mystics' total output in those three key categories. "All-Time WNBA Draft List". WNBA. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved June 4, 2008
The Washington Mystics are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D. C. playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association. The team was founded prior to the 1998 season, is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Mystics' NBA counterpart, the Washington Wizards. Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of BET and ex-wife of Charlotte Sting owner Robert L. Johnson, is the managing partner; the Mystics have qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in 10 of its 20 seasons of existence, the franchise has been home to such high-quality players as 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, Tennessee standout Chamique Holdsclaw, athletic shooting guard Alana Beard, nearby Maryland product Crystal Langhorne. Until 2018, the Mystics were the only current WNBA franchise that had never made it to the WNBA Finals, they lost in the semifinals twice, to New York in 2002 and to the eventual champion Minnesota Lynx in 2017. The Washington Mystics were one of the first WNBA expansion franchises to be established.
In 1998, their first season, they finished with a WNBA worst 3-27 record, despite being led by Olympian Nikki McCray. Although they did not make the playoffs that year, the team had high expectations after drafting University of Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw in 1999. Washington again failed to make the playoffs as they finished with a 12-20 record. Holdsclaw would lead the team to the playoffs in 2000, making the playoffs with a record of 14-18, losing to the New York Liberty in a first round sweep. After being tied for the worst record in the WNBA in 2001 with a 10-22 record, coach Tom Maher and General Manager Melissa McFerrin both resigned. With the future of the franchise up in the air, Mystics assistant coach Marianne Stanley took over as head coach. With the duo of Holdsclaw and rookie guard Stacey Dales-Schuman, the Mystics made the playoffs in 2002 with a 17-15 record, they would sweep the Charlotte Sting in the first round, but lose to New York again in the Eastern Conference Finals 2 games to 1.
This would be the only time the Mystics would win a playoff series until 2017. In 2003, the Mystics would make a franchise second worst record in franchise history with a 9-25 record, last in the Eastern Conference. Rumors of Holdsclaw being unhappy playing in Washington came to a head in 2004 when the Mystics star was sidelined with an unspecified ailment revealed to be a bout with depression. With their all-star out and Duke University standout Alana Beard led a depleted Mystics team to a surprising playoff appearance, the third in Mystics history, they finished the 2004 season at 17-17, but lost in the first round to the Connecticut Sun in 3 games. The 2005 season saw deep changes in the Mystics organization. Former star Holdsclaw joined the Los Angeles Sparks and the team was sold by Washington Sports and Entertainment to Lincoln Holdings LLC, led by Ted Leonsis. In 2005, the team finished the regular season with a record of 16-18 and failed to make the playoffs. In 2006, the Mystics posted an 18-16 record thriving under star guard Alana Beard, drafted in 2004.
The Mystics entered the playoffs as the 4th seed. In the first round, Washington was swept by the Connecticut Sun, the first-seeded team in the East; the Mystics finished with a 16-18 record in 2007. In a more competitive conference, the team was satisfied by its near-.500 finish. However, at the end of the season, the Mystics had the same record as the New York Liberty. Since the Liberty won the regular season series against the Mystics, Washington lost the tiebreaker and was eliminated from playoff contention. In 2008, the Mystics looked to build on their near-playoff appearance in a tough Eastern conference, they drafted Crystal Langhorne of Maryland with the 6th pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. Plagues again by coaches problems, the Mystics fell to the bottom of the East again, finishing only in front of the expansion Atlanta team; the Mystics had gone through 10 coaches in 11 years of existence, the most in the WNBA. The Mystics front office knew it needed to clean out the entire coaching and management staff.
During the 2008/2009 WNBA off-season, the Mystics released general manager Linda Hargrove and interim coach Jessie Kenlaw. Under the new general manager, underperforming players were waived. With the second pick in the Houston dispersal draft and the 2009 WNBA Draft, the Mystics selected Matee Ajavon and Marissa Coleman, respectively; the Mystics hoped to take advantage of the team changes and find consistency in their play. By the time the season began, the Mystics started 3-0, they went 13-18 since the first three games, but their 16-18 record was good enough to reach the playoffs. However, in their playoff comeback, the eventual conference champion Indiana Fever were too much for Washington to handle and the Mystics were swept in the first round; this would be the final season Alana Beard played a game for the Mystics, as she suffered two season-ending injuries in the 2009 and 2010 offseasons, respectively. The Mystics had their best season in 2010. Led by Lindsey Harding, Katie Smith, Crystal Langhorne, the Mystics took first place in the East with a record of 22-12.
However, despite holding a 3-1 edge in regular season games, they were swept in the first round, including a 24-point blowout in the elimination game, by the eventual WNBA Finals runner-up, the Atlanta Dream. Prior to the 2011 season, the Mystics made many controversial changes. Coming off their best season in franchise history, many had hoped the team would see some consistency. General manager Angela Taylor could not reach an agreement on a new contract and after head coach Julie P
Women's Chinese Basketball Association
The Women's Chinese Basketball Association is the first-tier professional women's basketball league in China. It was established in 2002 as the women's counterpart to the Chinese Basketball Association. There are 18 teams in the league. Team names incorporate the names of their corporate sponsors. 7 × champions: Zhang Yu 6 × champions: Yang Banban 5 × champions: Zhang Wei, Sui Feifei, Chen Nan, Ren Lei, Zhang Xiaoni, Chen Lisha Women's Basketball and WCBA Changes in the CBA and WCBA in the 2004-2005 season 2004-2005 season full results: scoring by quarter, match summaries, etc. 2004-2005 playoff results