Cooper-Dyke To Have Jersey Retired
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNC Wilmington women's basketball coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke will add another achievement to her lengthy list of accomplishments Sunday when her No. 44 jersey is retired by the University of Southern California.
Cooper-Dyke will return to Troy this weekend to see her jersey lifted to the rafters of the Galen Center at halftime of USC's regular-season finale against the University of Washington. She will become just the third player in program history to receive the prestigious honor, joining former Trojan teammate Cheryl Miller and fellow WNBA standout Lisa Leslie.
A 2010 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Cooper-Dyke helped the Women of Troy post a 114-15 overall mark in her four seasons with the program as they captured back-to-back NCAA championships in 1983 and 1984 and made a third Final Four appearance in 1986.
Cooper-Dyke continues to have a significant presence in the USC records book as the 1982 WBCA Freshman All-American and 1986 First-Team All-Pac 10 selection currently finds herself in the top 10 of the program's career scoring (1,559/9th), assists (381/7th), steals (256/3rd) and games played (121/7th) lists.
In her first season as head coach of the Seahawks, Cooper-Dyke as brought her winning ways to the Port City as she has led UNCW to a program-record matching 22 victories and a first-round bye in the upcoming Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship, scheduled for March 10-13 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.
UNCW (22-6; 14-3 CAA) closes out the regular season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. contest at league-leading James Madison. The Seahawks have a chance to earn a share of the regular-season title with a victory over the Dukes and can secure the top seed for the upcoming CAA Women's Basketball Championship with a win Wednesday and an Old Dominion loss at Drexel.