Women's Basketball

Cindy Dallas
Cindy Dallas


Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:





• Team Tri-Captain last season
• Became the 16th player in Illini history to top 1,000 points
• Is only the second player to lead the Big Ten Conference in rebounding in back-to-back years; Last year she led the league with an average of 9.5 boards per game.
• Ranks seventh on the Illinois all-time rebounding list (750), 183 from the all-time Illini record.
• Has collected 23 double doubles for her career
• Ranks ninth in steals (179), eighth in blocks (62), 17th in field goals (383) and 12th in free throws (238) on Illinois' all-time list.

Nickname: Cindizzy, Cinbad
Career plans: Teach high school history/English, coach high school
Favorite TV Show: Blind Date/Boomtown
Favorite Musical Artists: Marvin Gaye/Stevie Wonder
Favorite Movie: Fear
Meal I looked forward to growing up: Dad's fried chicken & sweat potatoes
Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Biggest Sports Thrill: Being a member of my high school's basketball team's first city league championship in school's history
Famous People I have met: Charles Barkley, Barry Bonds, Jerome Bettis
My town is known for... football, lots of rivers, steel production
What I worked on during the off-season: getting quicker, foul shooting
Top childhood memory: Getting my first dog, Brutus
What I like about being a Fighting Illini.. Playing at the Assembly Hall
What I've learned from Coach Grentz: Presentation, presentation, presentation.
Three words to describe my play: Intense, tenacious, blue collar I chose my jersey because...in middle school, it was the only jersey that fit. I've had it ever since.
Growing up I most admired...my father and grandfather

2002-03 Highlights: Named Third Team All-Big Ten • Record 11 double doubles to give her 23 for her career. • Led the Big Ten in rebounding for the second straight year (9.6 pg). • Had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in win over Auburn, marking Coach Grentz's 600th victory. • Had 19 points and 14 rebounds while making 6 of 8 field goals in Illinois' first win in Iowa City in 20 years. • Needed a 17-rebound output in the season finale at Indiana to take over the Big Ten lead in rebounding. • Led the Illini in both rebounding (278) and steals (56). • Had the school's third best single-season rebounding output.

2001-02 Highlights: A second-team All-Big Ten selection, led the Big Ten in rebounding (9.4) during conference while ranking 32nd in the nation in rebounding for the season (9.3) • Posted 11 double doubles on the season, including six in a row to end the regular season • Posted 14 rebounds in three straight games vs. Ohio State, Penn State, and Indiana late in the season • Led the Illini with 19 points and 11 rebounds, ten off the defensive boards, in her homecoming at Duquesne • Grabbed 15 rebounds against Pepperdine at the United Center • Also grabbed a career-best 17 boards against the Tigers • Named Big Ten Player of the Week after performances vs. Eastern Illinois and Missouri • Reached double figures in rebounding 12 times as well as leading the Illini on the boards in 16 contests • Set a career high with 20 points against Minnesota on Jan. 31 • Reached double figures in points (14) and rebounds (10) for the sixth straight time in the season finale at Iowa • Reached double figures in scoring in 22 of 26 games as well as rebounding in double figures 12 times • Grabbed a team-best 70 steals.

2000-01 Highlights: Led the Illini with 12 rebounds in season opener against Clemson • Posted her first career double-double vs. Kansas (12 points, 10 rebounds) • Scored a career-high 15 points against Texas • Dished out a career-high four assists at Illinois State • Recorded a career-high six steals against Minnesota on Feb. 4 • Set a career-high with three blocks against the Wildcats • Went 6-7 from the floor en route to scoring a career-high 16 points against Wisconsin at the Big Ten Tournament.

1999-2000 Highlights -Redshirt freshman missed first two games while nursing a bruised knee and aggravated the knee injury vs. UCSB • Missed the remainder of the season with her third torn ACL.

1998-99 Highlights: Suffered her second tear of an anterior cruciate ligament on Nov. 26 at the U. of San Diego Tourney • Played in games 2-4 on the year, averaging 8.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game • Scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds while making 5 of 8 field goals against Wagner.


Honored as a Parade All-American and chosen to Nike-WBCA All-America Team • Totaled 2,564 points, 1,717 rebounds, 345 steals and 312 blocks for Schenley High School • Named all-city in each of her four seasons and all-state as a junior and senior • Led Schenley to city championship as a senior • Member of AAU squad that finished fifth in the country in 1997 • First city league player to have jersey retired • Honored as an AAU All-American in 1998 • A four-year letterwinner and varsity starter • Fab Five Post-Gazette honoree during her junior and senior seasons • Rated the 22nd best player in the country by the Blue Star index • High school coaches were Kathy Olesak and Debbie Lewis.


Graduated with a double major in English and history • Will take up secondary education in graduate school • Made Dean's List in the Spring `02 and Spring `03 • Worked at a local soup kitchen and Meals on Wheels in Pittsburgh during the summer •Born Jan. 17, 1980 •Earned 10 varsity letters in high school, including three for volleyball, two for softball and one in track and field • Has one sister, Kristen •Tutored junior high city children and volunteered for the city • Full name is Cynthia Marie Dallas • Mother is Lesley S. Owens. Father George is deceased. • Grandmother is Peg Wagner. • Volunteers at Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club • Was keynote speaker at Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration in Urbana in 2002.