Assistant women's basketball coach Debbie Whitman talks about what is to be a coach at her alma mater.
2012-2013: Started all 21 games she appeared in, logging a career high 31.3 minutes per contest ... Averaged a career-high 12.4 points per game, the second-most on the squad ... Scored in the double digits 12 times and scored over 20 points in three games ... Set career highs in every major statistical category during the 2012-13 season ... Led the team with a combined 38 blocks and steals ... Tallied a career-high 24 points, shooting 4-for-4 from behind the arc and 8-for-10 overall versus Ball State (Jan. 13) ... Also played 43 minutes against he Cardinals ... Recorded a double-double with a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with 12 points in the season opener at Iowa in Preseason WNIT (Nov. 9) ... Was a flawless 6-for-6 from three-point range, a career-high, to account for all 18 of her points in a 76-46 victory at Morehead State (Nov. 18) ... Filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, six rebounds, a career high five assists and three steals in over 40 minutes played in an overtime contest at Illinois-Chicago (Dec. 22) ... Accumulated 23 points and four blocks, including five three pointers, at Eastern Michigan (Jan. 31).
2011-12: Made NIU debut at Chicago State (12/11/11) after having to sit out the first semester to complete her transfer, playing a season-high 39 minutes along with scoring 11 points, seven rebounds, a season-high three assists, and one steal while shooting 4-for-7 from the field...averaged 21.9 minutes per game in 25 games with five starts...led team in scoring three straight games against DePaul (8 points, 12/31/11) Central Michigan (17 points, 1/5/12) and Eastern Michigan (14 points, 1/8/12)...most efficient game came against Western Michigan (2/28/12) as she went 8-for-13 for a season-high in field goals made and a season-high 20 points...had four games with four or more field goals made and a shooting percentage of .500 or better...went 4-for-5 from 3-point land at Eastern Michigan (1/8/12) for season-highs in both threes attempted and made en route to a 14-point effort...posted a season-best 4-for-4 free throw effort against Eastern Michigan (2/18/12) for season-highs in free throws made and attempted...grabbed a season-high eight rebounds at Indiana (12/17/11) and had five or more rebounds six times...blocked a season-high three shots at Eastern Illinois (12/29/11)...turned in a season-best four steals against Buffalo (1/22/12)...scored in 23 of 25 games while scoring in double digits seven times.
Previous School: Played one and a half seasons at Loyola University Chicago ... Due to NCAA transfer rules, was eligible to play for NIU in the second semester of the 2011-12 season ... Appeared in 22 games off the bench, averaging 9.5 minutes, 2.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 2.1 points per game ... In 2010-11, saw action in eight games before deciding to transfer, averaging 13. 6 minutes, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 3.6 points per game ... During the 2009-10 season, played in 14 games, averaging 7.2 minutes, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 points per game ... In her collegiate debut, had three rebounds and two assists with a turnover in 12 minutes against St. Xavier on Nov. 15, 2009.
Prep: Key player for the Bolingbrook Raiders, which finished third in the ESPN `Fab 50' Poll for Girls Basketball... Averaged 8.2 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game her senior year, helping her team to the Class 4A Illinois State Title... During her four years at Bolingbrook, helped team to two State Championships and two Runner-Up finishes... Her junior season, tallied a season-high 18 points in wins over Lincoln-Way East and Neuqua Valley... Played under Head Coach Tony Smith.
Personal: Daughter of Samantha and Lawrence Cooper ... Born February 14th, 1991 ... Majoring in business ... Played on AAU team "The Dream Team'' under Coach Mike Henry ... Competed in the 2010 Orange Bowl Tournament, and was named the Most Valuable Player ... Admires Derrick Rose for his humility... Also admires Michael Jordan ... Enjoys eating, sleeping, dancing and watching movies ... Brother Joshua Taylor played cornerback for Ball State University football from 2001-2005.
TAYLOR'S CAREER HIGHS
Minutes: 43, vs Ball State, 1-13-13 Field Goals Made: 10, at Central Michigan, Field Goals Attempted: 20, vs Western Michigan, 1-23-13 Three Pointers Made: 6, at Morehead State, 11-18-12 Three Pointers Attempted: 10, at Eastern Michigan, 1-31-13 Free Throws Made: 4, two times, last vs Ball State, 1-13-13 Free Throws Attempted: 5, vs Ball State, 1-13-13 Rebounds: 11, at Iowa, 11-09-12 Assists: 5, at UIC, 12-22-12 Blocks: 4, at Eastern Michigan, 1-31-13 Steals: 4, vs. Buffalo, 1-22-12 Points: 24, vs Ball State, 1-13-13