5 Chene Cooper
5 Chene Cooper
Height: 5-0
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Puyallup, Wash.
High School: Lakes HS '08
Position: G
Experience: 2L

Head Coach Wendy Schuller on Cooper: “A lot of our success this year is going to depend on Cooper running the point for us. I think she is going to be our key and the reason why we are going to win another conference championship. I know what a lot of folks are going to give us, and I think Cooper can take us to the next level. She worked as hard as anyone on shooting the ball over the summer. She is shooting the three a lot better than she has in the past, which is really exciting for us. She has always had a great first step and can get into the lane, but now people are going to have to respect her from the three point line, which makes her really difficult to guard.”

2009-10: Played a vital role in helping run Eastern’s offense during the 2009-10 season, as she appeared in all 31 games and averaged 19.1 minutes per game from the point guard position. Scored in double-digits in 11 different contests, including the best offensive performance of her career when 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 point in the season. Cooper was especially strong down the stretch, as she averaged 14.6 points in the final six contests of the year, 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 in two different categories after the 2009-10 season, as her 57 steals ranked seventh all-time for steals in a single season, while her free throw percentage of .785 (62-79) is tenth. 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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