Women's Basketball

Chelsea Buher
Chelsea Buher

Lawrenceville, Ill.

High School:



Chelsea Buher

2007-08 - Freshman: Saw action in 28 games off the bench ... Averaged 1.5 points in 7.2 minutes per game ... Played a career-high 22 minutes at Minnesota on Feb. 7, hitting a three and dishing out two assists ... Hit two three-pointers on Jan. 27 at Purdue on her way to career-highs in points (6) and steals (2) in 20 minutes ... Played 17 minutes, all in the first half, on Jan. 24 vs. Michigan State, contributing four points and two rebounds ... Came off the bench to play 12 minutes on Jan. 17 at Ohio State, scoring two points ... Played what was then a career-high 16 minutes on Dec. 2 against Illinois-Chicago, scoring four points ... Dished out the first two assists of her career on Nov. 23 vs. South Carolina, scoring two points in six minutes ... Scored her first career points on her first career field goal attempt, nailing a three-pointer on Nov. 11 versus UW-Milwaukee ... Made her Illinois debut on Nov. 9 at Eastern Illinois, playing six minutes ... Transferred following the 2007-08 season.

Ranked as the No. 85 senior in the class of 2007 by Blue Star Report ... Named first team All-State by four different publications in 2007 after averaging 26.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 3.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game as a senior ... Finished seventh in the 2007 Illinois Ms. Basketball voting ... Was the MVP for the South at the IBCA All-Star game in the summer of 2007 ... Three-time Street and Smith's Honorable Mention All-American (2005, '06, '07)...Two-time Vincennes Sun-Commercial Area Player of the Year (2005 and '07) ... Four-time first team All-Area by the Vincennes Sun-Commercial and four-time first team All-Little Illini Conference ... Second team All-State as a junior in 2006 (IBCA and Illinois Basketball Services) ...Fourth team All-State as a sophomore (IBCA) ... Finished her career at Lawrenceville as the career leader in points, rebounds, assists and steals ... Averaged 20.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 3.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game through high school career ... Had 36 career double-doubles and three triple-doubles ... Played for the Indiana's Finest AAU Team ... High school coach was Misty Bellville ... AAU coach was Matt Arnold.

Born Aug. 25, 1988 ... Daughter of Philip and Laura Buher ... Has one brother, Zach ... Uncle, Dan Sparks played for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA and for the Miami Floridians and New Orleans Buccaneers of the ABA ... Plans to major in pre-veterinary medicine ... Also played volleyball and softball at Lawrenceville, earning four varsity letters in each ... Three-time first team All-Conference and Special Mention All-State in volleyball by the Champaign News-Gazette in 2007 ... Holds school records for single season and career blocks and kills ... In softball was a four time Vincennes Sun-Commercial first team All-Area selection ... Also served as a football manager all four-years ... Played in every varsity high school game for basketball, volleyball and softball during her four years at Lawrenceville, a total of 338 games, while maintaining perfect attendance at school ... 4.0 student was a National Honor society member, won the USSA National Math Award, and was a four-time All-American Scholar Award winner ... Chose Illinois after considering Oregon State, Northwestern, Indiana State, Illinois State.

I chose Illinois because: It was my childhood dream to play for the Illini
Best memory as an Illini: I don't know yet, but I plan on having a bunch!
What I've learned from Coach Law: What you want the most you have to work for. Great rewards come from hard work.
Favorite athletes: Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns) and Carl Landry (Houston Rockets)
Favorite Illini athlete (not on your team): Chester Frazier (men's basketball)
Favorite movies: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Favorite TV show: Rescue Me
Favorite singer: Tim McGraw
Favorite foods: My mom's shish kabobs and homemade mashed potatoes
Things I can't go a day without: Texting or talking on the phone
Biggest sports thrill: Playing every varsity sport all four years of high school for basketball, softball and volleyball - 338 games
Pre-game superstitions: Eating Chinese, getting a fortune cookie and listening to music
Who had the biggest impact on your basketball career and why? My mom because she drove me everywhere to play ball and always went out of her way to do things for me
Three words that describe my play are: Hustle, unselfish and a shooter


Minutes Total 3-Point F-Throws Rebounds
Year gp-gs min avg fg fga pct fg fga pct ft fta pct off def tot avg pf fo ast t/o blk stl pts avg
2007-08 28-0 201 7.2 14 37 .378 6 20 .300 8 11 .727 1 7 8 0.3 18 0 7 12 0 5 42 1.5
TOTAL 28-0 201 7.2 14 37 .378 6 20 .300 8 11 .727 1 7 8 0.3 18 0 7 12 0 5 42 1.5

updated May 2008