Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
Basketball player
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
Cynthia Lynne Cooper-Dyke is a former American basketball player who has won championships in college, the Olympics, and 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 in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. She played for the Houston Comets from 1997–2000 and again in 2003. She's currently the head coach for the Texas Southern University women's basketball team.
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Cynthia Cooper-Dyke to coach USC women's basketball
LATimes - almost 4 years
She returns to her alma mater with an eight-year coaching record of 150-106. Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is coming home.
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Hall of Famer Cynthia Cooper-Dyke returns to USC as head women's basketball coach
Fox News - almost 4 years
Hall of Famer Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is returning to Southern California as the Trojans' head women's basketball coach.
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White and Carter drafted by WNBA
WTAW News Talk 1620 - almost 5 years
 Two seniors from the Texas A&M women’s basketball team, Tyra White and Sydney Carter, were selected in the 2012 WNBA Draft held Monday afternoon at ESPN headquarters.   White (Kansas City, Mo.) was picked 16th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks. Carter (DeSoto, Texas) was chosen 27th overall by the Chicago Sky. The Aggies were the first two players in this year’s draft to be selected from the Big 12 Conference.   It marked the fifth consecutive year in which an A&M player was drafted into the WNBA. The Aggies have now had eight players drafted in the past five years. It also marked the third time that Texas A&M had two players selected in the same draft.   White became the third A&M player to be taken with the 16th overall pick, the highest selection for any Aggie in a WNBA Draft. The other A&M players to be drafted 16th overall were Sydney Colson (by Connecticut Sun in 2011, traded to New York Liberty) and Danielle Gant (Chicago in 2009).   “I’m hap ...
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Texas Southern to hire Cooper-Dyke
Fox News - almost 5 years
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke resigned as head women's basketball coach at UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday and was set to be hired for the same position at Texas Southern."Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is the sole finalist for our women's basketball position and she will be our next head coach pending final approval," Texas Southern athletic director Dr. Charles McClelland said in a statement
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UB School of Management to Host Speakers on White Collar Crime, Ethics - UB News Center
Google News - over 5 years
TIME magazine named Watkins, along with two others, Coleen Rowley of the FBI and Cynthia Cooper of WorldCom, as their 2002 Persons of the Year, for being "people who did right just by doing their jobs rightly," and Barbara Walters included her as one
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Activities help new students connect - Daily Press
Google News - over 5 years
"Clubs and organizations take a large high school environment and personalizes it for our young people," said Cynthia Cooper, executive director of youth development for Newport News Public Schools. "A lot of things you do in ninth grade and high
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Venus, if you will - Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
Google News - over 5 years
Shows like Carolyn Gage's “The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women” and Cynthia Cooper's “How She Played the Game” gathered steam by virtue of their association with Venus, with Gage's work being picked up by Samuel French for distribution
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Flint's Pamela McGee will enter the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame - The Flint Journal - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
She played alongside Cheryl Miller and four-time WNBA Finals MVP Cynthia Cooper on arguably the greatest women's college team ever. McGee is USC's sixth career leading scorer (2, 214 points) and is No. 2 all-time in rebounding with 1, 255 boards
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This Day In Sports History (August 30th) – Houston Comets - Total Pro Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Houston Comets guard Cynthia Cooper was named the game's Most Valuable Player, capping off a great season for her. To go along with the finals MVP, Cooper also won the regular season Most Valuable Player and was the league's top scorer
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School board talks curriculum, capital budget at Wednesday retreat - Daily Press
Google News - over 5 years
Cynthia Cooper, director of youth development, said recent research shows that Newport News is the only district in the nation with youth development as part of its curriculum. For example, third-grade students collaborate to conduct a "needs
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The Road to 3000 Points a Tough One for Lynx Augustus – Part I - SportsPageMagazine.com
Google News - over 5 years
“I think the fans are chatting about it on Twitter and talking about tying Diana Taurasi and trying to beat Cynthia Cooper. That's great company to be in and when I'm mentioned in the same breath as Taurasi and Cooper, that's a big accomplishment,
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Cheap Seat - Cooper-Dyke finds obstacles, but beefs up UNCW women's schedule - StarNewsOnline.com
Google News - over 5 years
After a 24-win debut season at UNC-Wilmington, coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke faces a roster with six new faces and a much more challenging schedule this winter. By Dan Spears This summer, UNCW women's basketball coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke learned a lot
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Augustus named Western Conference Player of the Month - FS North
Google News - over 5 years
Only Cynthia Cooper required fewer games to reach the 2500-point mark. For the season, Augustus ranks eighth in the league and third in the West in scoring (16.3 ppg). July 20 at Phoenix: Contributed a season-high 25 points (11-of-15 FG), six rebounds
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Pam McGee Inducted To Women's Basketball Hall of Fame - University of Southern California Official Athletic Site
Google News - over 5 years
The last Trojan to be inducted was Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who was a member of the 2009 class. McGee now makes it a group of five Women of Troy to find a home in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, joining fellow players Cooper-Dyke and Cheryl Miller
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On The Fly: Historic Honor For Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird - Hartford Courant
Google News - over 5 years
The others named were: Tina Thompson, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Teresa Weatherspoon, Dawn Staley, Katie Smith, Cynthia Cooper, Ticha Penicheiro, Cappie Pondexter, Becky Hammon, Lauren Jackson, Yolanda Griffith and Tamika Catchings
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 49
    On April 11, 2013 she was introduced as the head coach for the University of Southern California women's basketball team.
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    On April 11, 2013 she was introduced as the head coach for the University of Southern California women's basketball team.
    More Details Hide Details In her first season as head coach at USC, she led the Women of Troy to their first Pac-12 conference championship and consequently, their first NCAA tournament bid since 2006. She attended Locke High School before enrolling at the University of Southern California. Cooper participated athletically in both track and field as well as basketball. She led her team to the California State Championship (4A) scoring an average of 31 points per game, and 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.
  • 2011
    Age 47
    In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.
    More Details Hide Details 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, and returned to play again in 2003.
    Afterward, she served as a TV analyst and halftime reporter for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Cooper has also been named one of the top 15 players in the WNBA at the 2011 WNBA All-Star game.
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    In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.
    More Details Hide Details She played for the Houston Comets from 1997–2000 and again in 2003. Although born in Chicago, Illinois, Cooper grew up in South Central Los Angeles, California. Cooper is the daughter of Mary and Kenny Cooper. Her father left the family when she was only six years old, leaving her mother to raise eight children.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    She was also announced as a member of the 2010 induction class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (the first WNBA player to be inducted), and was formally inducted on August 13 of that year.
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    On May 10, 2010, she was announced as the next Head Coach of the UNC Wilmington Seahawks Women's Basketball team. During her first year at UNCW, Cooper was named CAA Coach of the Year. On April 10, 2012, Cooper resigned from UNC Wilmington and became the head coach at Texas Southern.
    More Details Hide Details The move gave her the opportunity to return to Houston where she spent a lot of time as a player.
    She was also announced as a member of the 2010 induction class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (the first WNBA player to be so), and was formally inducted on August 13 of that year.
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    On May 10, 2010, she was announced as the next Head Coach of the UNC Wilmington Seahawks Women's Basketball team.
    More Details Hide Details In her first year at UNCW, Cooper was named CAA Coach of the Year.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    Cooper was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
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  • 2005
    Age 41
    After a successful college and professional basketball career, won four WNBA Championships and induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, she turned to coaching. She began her coaching career in 2005 at Prairie View A&M University in Texas and guided the team to three SWAC Championships.
    More Details Hide Details While at the university, Cooper-Dyke turned student and coach and completed college requirements and earned a bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performance in 2010.
    The school was placed on four years' probation for "major violations" in 2005–2006 that ranged from Cooper giving players small amounts of cash to various forms of unauthorized practices.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper also gave players free tickets to Comets game, which is another NCAA infraction.
    In May 2005, Cooper was named the Head Coach of the women's basketball team at Prairie View A&M University.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper's impact at Prairie View was immediate. In just her second season, Cooper led the underdog Panthers to the SWAC tournament title, netting the school its first-ever Women's NCAA Tournament bid. In January 2008 the NCAA penalized Prairie View for NCAA rules violations committed by Cooper, reducing the number of scholarships for the team.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 39
    Cooper returned as an active player in the 2003 season, but announced her final retirement from professional basketball in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Her appearance in the game, as a 40-year-old, made her the oldest player, at the time, to play in a WNBA game.
  • 2002
    Age 38
    She is a mother to twins - a son, Brian Jr., and a daughter, Cyan, born June 15, 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 37
    On April 28, 2001 she was married to Brian Dyke.
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    She was married to Brian Dyke on April 28, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Cynthia is a mother to twins, a son, Brian Jr., and a daughter, Cyan, born June 15, 2002. In 2000, she published her autobiography, entitled She Got Game: My Personal Odyssey, which covered her childhood, her basketball career up to that time, and her mother's battle with breast cancer. A noted disciplinarian, Cooper has long been well known for understanding rules. She speaks Italian fluently. She attended Locke High School before enrolling at the University of Southern California. Cooper participated athletically in both track and field as well as basketball. She led her team to the California State Championship (4A) scoring an average of 31 points per game, and scoring 45 points in one game. Cooper was named the Los Angeles Player of the Year.
  • 2000
    Age 36
    In 2000, she published her autobiography, entitled She Got Game: My Personal Odyssey, which covered her childhood, her basketball career up to that time, and her mother's battle with breast cancer.
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    When retired in 2000, Cooper became the first player in WNBA history to score 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 2,500 career points.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1998
    Age 34
    Cooper was named the 1998 Sportswoman of the Year (in the team category) by the Women's Sports Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details During the Comet dynasty, she was a vital part of the triple threat offense with Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson.
  • 1997
    Age 33
    She scored 30 or more points in 16 of her 120 games and had a 92-game double-figure scoring streak from 1997–2000.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to coach the Phoenix Mercury for one and a half seasons (2001–2002). Cooper returned as an active player in the 2003 season, but announced her final retirement from professional basketball in 2004. Her appearance in the game, as a 40-year-old, made her the oldest player, at the time, to play in a WNBA game. Afterward, she served as a TV analyst and halftime reporter for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Cooper has also been named one of the top 15 players in the WNBA at the 2011 WNBA All-Star game. In May 2005, Cooper was named the head coach of the women's basketball team at Prairie View A&M University. Cooper's impact at Prairie View was immediate. In just her second season, Cooper led the underdog Panthers to the SWAC tournament title, netting the school its first-ever Women's NCAA Tournament bid.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper was named the 1998 Sportswoman of the Year (in the team category) 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.
    In addition, she was voted the WNBA's MVP in 1997 and 1998 and named Most Valuable Player in each of those WNBA Finals.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    She was also named to the Al-Star team of the Italian leagues in 1996–1997.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    She was also named to the Al-Star team of the Italian leagues in 1996–1997.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 34, Cooper signed on to play with the Houston Comets and led the league in scoring consecutive three years, galvanizing the franchise to a record four WNBA Championships.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 29
    Her first marriage was on July 30, 1993 to Anthony Stewart in San Antonio, Texas.
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  • 1987
    Age 23
    In 1987, she was the MVP of the European All-Star team.
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    Cooper played for USA Basketball as part of the 1987 USA Women's Pan American Team which won a gold medal in Indianapolis, Indiana.
    More Details Hide Details 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: During her time playing for Samoa Bétera, a Spanish team, she was the league leading scorer with 36.7 ppg. During the almost ten years she played in the Italian leagues, she was the leagues leading scorer eight times, and finished second the other two years.
    In 1987, she was the MVP of the European All-Star team.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    Cooper continued to represent the USA with National team at the 1986 World Championship, held in Moscow, a month after the Goodwill games in Moscow.
    More Details Hide Details The USA team was even more dominant this time. The early games were won easily, and the semifinal against Canada, while the closest game for the USA so far, ended up an 82–59 victory. At the same time, the Soviet team was winning easily as well, and 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 USA team started by scoring the first eight points, and raced to a 45–23 lead, although the Soviets fought back and reduced the halftime margin to 13. The USA went on a 15—1 run in the second half to out the game away, and ended up winning the gold medal with a score of 108–88. Cooper averaged 5.9 points per game.
    Cooper was selected to represent the USA at the inaugural Goodwill games, held in Moscow in July 1986.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cooper ranks eighth on USC’s all-time scoring list with 1,559 points, fifth in assists (381) and third in steals (256). While Cooper was at USC, the Women of Troy compiled a record of 114–15. Cooper was named to represent the USA at the 1981 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan, while still in high school. The team won seven of eight games to win the silver medal for the event. Cooper scored 2.8 points per game and recorded nine steals.
    In 1986-87, she plays in Samoa Bétera, a Spanish team.
    More Details Hide Details 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, and finished second the other two years.
    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 (381) and third in steals (256).
    More Details Hide Details While Cooper was at USC, the Women of Troy compiled a record of 114–15. 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:
  • 1984
    Age 20
    After the 1984 Championship, she briefly left school, but was persuaded to return.
    More Details Hide Details She completed four years with USC, although she did not graduate.
    After the 1984 Championship, she briefly left school, but was persuaded to return.
    More Details Hide Details She completed fours years with USC, although she did not graduate.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 19
    Cooper-Dyke attended the University of Southern California and played on their women's basketball team for four years, winning NCAA championships in 1983 and 1984 with star teammate Cheryl Miller, but left in 1986 before earning a degree.
    More Details Hide Details She played on international women's basketball teams in Spain and Italy for a decade before returning to the US to play for the Houston Comets. While abroad she learned to speak Italian fluently.
    The Soviet team, had a 152–2 record in major international competition over the prior three decades, including an 84–82 win over the USA in the 1983 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details The Soviets held the early edge, leading 21–19 at one time, before the USA went on a scoring run to take a large lead they would never relinquish. The final score was 83–60 in favor of the USA, earning the gold medal for the USA squad. Cooper averaged 2. points per game.
    She led the Women of Troy to NCAA appearances in all four years, Final Four appearances in three of her four years, and back-to-back NCAA tournament titles in 1983 and 1984.
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    She led the Women of Troy to NCAA appearances in all four years, Final Four appearances in three of her four years, and back-to-back NCAA tournament titles in 1983 and 1984.
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  • 1982
    Age 18
    Cooper was a four-year letter winner at guard for USC from 1982–1986.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on April 14, 1963.
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