Women's Basketball

Allison Curtin
Allison Curtin

Taylorville, Ill.

High School:




2000 Highlights: Named First Team All-Big Ten by the Coaches and Second Team All-Big Ten by the Media * Ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring (17.5 ppg) * Ranked fourth in the conference in free-throw shooting (.821) * Won the Ralph Woods Trophy as the top free-throw shooter on the team for the second-straight season * Ranked third in the Big Ten in steals with a team-leading 90 steals, which ranks second on the Illinois all-time single-season list * Came within one point of becoming the first player in Illini history to score 1,000 points in her first two seasons * On the Illini all-time career list, ranks 10th in steals (150), ninth in free throws (253), 16th in scoring and fifth in three-pointers (68) * Her 1999-2000 season marks rank her fifth in points (599), seventh in field goals (214), second in steals (90), fifth in free throws (133) and seventh in three-pointers (40) * Led the team in scoring, steals, free throws, field goals, and three-pointers * Led all scorers with 19 points vs. the USA National Team * Posted back-to-back double-doubles against UC-Santa Barbara and Boston College * Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after averaging 22 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game in wins over Boston College, Duquesne and Notre Dame.

1999 Highlights: Named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team * Named University of Illinois "Newcomer of the Year" * Selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 22.3 points in three games * Her 67 points in the Big Ten Tournament trailed only Stephanie White-McCarty, the tourney MVP, who totaled 71 points * Scored a career-high 24 points, hitting 4-4 from three-point range, in just her fifth career start in the Big Ten final against Purdue * Broke Big Ten Tournament records for three-point percentage in a game (1.000, 4 of 4), and tournament (1.000, 5 of 5) * Hit 8 of 10 shots to score 23 points off the bench in Big Ten semifinal vs. Penn State * Scored 21 points and tallied eight rebounds in NCAA Tournament win against Louisville * Illinois' top reserve, scoring 12.9 points per game primarily off the bench * Played in all 31 games, starting on seven occasions * Led the team in steals (60), setting the UI freshman record formerly held by teammate Tauja Catchings * Set new Illinois freshman record with 400 points, breaking the old mark of 373 set by Mandy Cunningham * Averaged 19.6 points per game in seven-game stretch, ending in NCAA First Round Game * Among the team leaders in several categories including first in free throw percentage (.828) and personal fouls (92), second in three-pointers made (28) and fourth in assists (75) and rebounds (124).

High School: Named Ms. Basketball for the state of Illinois * Averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and five steals as a senior * Named first team all-state by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Champaign News-Gazette * Chosen for IHSA Class AA All-Tournament team * Central State Eight All-Conference honoree for four years and honored as conference MVP each of her last three seasons * Participated in the North/South IBCA All-Star Game * Averaged 22.9 points as a junior to lead Taylorville to a 34-1 record and a school-best second place finish in the 1997 Class AA State Tournament * Earned four varsity letters.

Personal: Majoring in English * Nickname is "Al" * Born on March 31, 1980 * Is the second oldest of nine children, including four brothers and four sisters * Verbally committed to Illinois in the spring of her junior year

Career Bests:
Points: 28 vs. Notre Dame (11/27/99)
Field Goals: 10 (three times, last vs. MSU, 1/30/00)
Field Goals Attempted: 20 (vs. Indiana 2/27/00)
3PT FGs: 4 (twice, last at Ohio State, 12/30/99)
3PT Attempts: 7 (twice, last vs. Penn State, 3/4/00)
Free Throws: 14 (vs. Notre Dame, 11/27/99)
Free Throws Attempted: 18 (vs. Notre Dame, 11/27/99)
Rebounds: 12 (vs. Wisconsin, 2/24/00)
Assists: 6 (four times, last vs. Minnesota, (2/6/00)
Steals: 6 (twice, last vs. CS-Northridge, 12/21/99)
Blocks: 3 (vs. Minnesota, 2/6/00)

2000 Season Bests:
Points: 28 (vs. Notre Dame, 11/27/99)
Field Goals: 10 (three times, last vs. Michigan State, 1/30/00)
Field Goals Attempts: 18 (vs. Iowa, 1/7/00)
Free Throws: 14 (vs. Notre Dame, 11/27/99)
Free Throw Attempts: 18 (vs. Notre Dame, 11/27/99)
Rebounds: 11 (vs. Boston College, 11/22/99)
Assists: 6 (vs. Northwestern, 1/23/00)
Steals: 6 (twice, last vs. Cal State-Northridge, 12/21/99)
Blocks: 3 (vs. Minnesota, 2/6/00)