5 - Chene Cooper
Chene Cooper
Height: 5-0
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Puyallup, Wash.
High School: Lakes HS '08
Position: G
Experience: 3L

2010-11: As one of the top point guards in the league throughout the 2010-11 campaign, Cooper was recognized at the end of the season on the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention squad. She was also named to the Big Sky All-Academic team, and was the only Eagle to earn Big Sky Player of the Week accolades during the 2010-11 season. Cooper finished the year ranked second in the conference in assists (5.1/game) and steals (2.3/game), but for a majority of the season, she was leading the league in both categories. She had the top free throw percentage of all players in the Big Sky at 86.0 (80-93), and she was among the top 20 scorers, averaging 11.7 points per game. Cooper also ranked among the top 30 in the nation in assists for 14 of the 18 weeks of the season. She was the only player in the conference to register 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 10+ assists at least once during the year. She had two games with 10 or more assists, including a lifetime-best 14 against Sacramento State (Jan. 22), which was the top passing performance for any player in the Big Sky that season. The 5-1 point guard had three games with 20+ points, which included arguably the best outing of her career, in which she tallied a career-high 24 points on .526 shooting,  a career-high 10 rebounds, as well as seven assists against UC Irvine (Dec. 15). Cooper was named Big Sky Player of the Week after leading the Eagles to back-to-back victories against Northern Arizona (Feb. 17) and Weber State (Feb. 19). In the two games combined, she averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Against the Lumberjacks, she scored a game-high 23 points, had six rebounds, five assists and two steals. She hit two three-pointers in the contest, the second one a clutch shot from the top of the key that put EWU up by one point (55-54) with just under a minute remaining. Cooper went on to make 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute to seal the victory for EWU. In total during her junior campaign, Cooper tallied 158 total assists, which ranks seventh in the EWU single-season record book. She had 70 total steals, which ranks third all-time, and her 86.0 (80-93) free throw percentage is the best single-season average in school history. Cooper etched her name in the career record book as well, at fourth in steals with 174 and ninth in assists with 317.

2009-10: Played a vital role in helping run Eastern’s offense during the 2009-10 season, appearing in all 31 games with an average of 19.1 minutes per game. Scored in double-digits in 11 different contests, including the best offensive performance of her career up to that point, in which she scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting at Weber State (Feb. 26). Her contributions in that contest propelled the Eagles to a 70-56 victory against the Wildcats, which gave the team at least a share of the Big Sky title at that time in the season. In the final six contests of the year, she averaged 14.6 points per game, including four-consecutive double-digit games. Was one of the top sophomores in the Big Sky Conference, as she led her class in assists (2.87/game) and free throw percentage (.782). In conference play only, Cooper had the best field goal percentage among sophomores at .476. She led the Eagles in steals with 57 total on the season, and was second on the team in assists with 89. Her steals per game average of 1.84 ranked fifth in the conference, while her assists per game average of 2.87 tied for tenth. She also led EWU in free throws made, as the sophomore knocked down 62 shots from the charity stripe throughout the season. Paced the Eagle offense in four separate games, and led the team in assists on 12 different occasions. Had a career-high five steals against Sacramento State, which was one of her 15 team-leading performances in that category. Cooper etched her name in the EWU record book, as her 57 steals ranked seventh all-time for steals in a single season. Was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team.

2008-09: Cooper played well as a freshman in 2008-09. Her aggressive nature showed in her steals per game average of 1.62, seventh-best in the Big Sky. She also placed 12th in assists per contest with 2.41. In addition, she improved her shot-selection and shot-conversion skills throughout the season, making just 28.3 percent of her attempts through the first 22 games before converting on 41.3 percent over the last seven games.

High School: Her senior year at Lakes High School, she helped the team to a fourth-place finish at the 3A state tournament. In the process, she earned second team All-State accolades. She attained first team All-South Puget Sound League honors her sophomore-senior seasons and was named to the second team as a freshman. She also earned three letters in soccer and two in softball.

Personal: Daughter of Michael and Cherie Cooper. Has two sisters, Specialty (13) and Michal (23), and three brothers, Dion (21), Romail (26) and David (29). Majoring in criminal justice.

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