Women's Basketball


Chelsea Gordon
Chelsea Gordon
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Hometown:
Erie, Pa.

High School:
Mercyhurst Prep

Height:
6-0

Position:
Forward

Graduated:
May 2009

Chelsea Gordon


AT ILLINOIS
2008-09 - Senior: Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee late in the first half of the Jan. 25 win over Indiana, missing the final 10 games of the season ... Played in 116 career games at Illinois, tied for the sixth most in school history, and was on pace to break the school record for games played before the injury occurred ... Played in 19 games and started 17 before the injury, averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game ... Tied her career-high with three blocks on Jan. 18 at Wisconsin, also playing all 40 minutes for the third consecutive game ... Scored a season-high 14 points against Iowa on Jan. 15, going a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line and playing all 40 minutes for the fourth time ... Played all 40 minutes against #2 North Carolina on Dec. 20, scoring seven points and pulling down six rebounds ... Missed two games after injuring her ankle during the Missouri game on Nov. 11 ... Returned to the Illini lineup on Nov. 27 against South Dakota State in the Cancun Caribbean Challenge ... Had a career-high four steals against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 16 to go along with six points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks ... Pulled down a season-high seven rebounds in opener at IPFW on Nov. 14.

2007-08 - Junior: Played in all 35 games, starting 34 and averaging 33.8 minutes per game ... Was named the team's Best Defensive Player for the second straight season ... Averaged 6.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in Illinois' run to the Big Ten Tournament title game, highlighted by a near double-double in the first round vs. Wisconsin (nine points and nine rebounds) ... Hit a career-high four three-pointers on Jan. 21 vs. Iowa, including three in the second half, for 14 points ... Pulled down a career-high nine rebounds on Jan. 2 at Penn State ... Scored 13 points and blocked a career-high three shots on Dec. 30 vs. Wisconsin, also playing stellar defense on the Badgers' leading scorer Jolene Anderson ... Led the team with 16 points against Oklahoma on Dec. 5 ... Scored 13 points, all in the second half, on Dec. 2 vs. Illinois-Chicago, hitting 3-of-4 from behind the arc ... Was named to the FIU Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in Illinois' wins against South Carolina and Providence ... Played all 40 minutes on Nov. 18 vs. Southern Illinois for the first time in her career, a feat she accomplished eight more times on the season ... Had one of the best games of her career on Nov. 9 at Eastern Illinois, scoring 17 points, all in the second half, and reeling off 12 consecutive Illini points at one point to put the game out of reach.

2006-07 - Sophomore: Played and started all 31 games ... Averaged 7.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and ranked third on the team with 19 blocked shots ... More than doubled her scoring average of 3.3 from her freshman year ... Averaged 28.9 minutes per game, third-most on the team ... Set a career scoring high on three different occasions, the last a 21-point performance at Ole Miss on Dec. 2 ... Nearly had a perfect night at St. Louis on Nov. 29, scoring 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, 3-of-3 from three-point land and 2-of-2 from the free throw line ... Scored 16 points in 39 minutes at NIU on Nov. 20 ... Scored 15 points and hit 8-of-9 from the line at Indiana on Feb. 18 ... Snared a season-high seven rebounds twice, at Ole Miss on Dec. 2 and vs. Michigan on Feb. 1 ... Ranked 13th in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game (0.81) during conference games ... Scored in double-figures 11 times on the season ... Won the team's Best Defensive Player award ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2005-06 - Freshman: Played in all 31 games, averaging 13.2 minutes as a freshman ... Converted a game-winning three-point play with 2.6 seconds left to beat Northwestern on Feb. 16 in her only start of the season ... Scored a career-high 12 points at Michigan State on Jan. 19 ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds, including six offensive, in 22 minutes vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 9 ... Saw increased minutes late in the year, logging double-figures in the final 15 games, including a career-high 24 vs. Western Illinois in the WNIT Preliminary Round.

HIGH SCHOOL
Listed as the 123rd-ranked senior in the country by Blue Star Basketball ... Four-year starter led Mercyhurst Prep to a 109-14 record during her career, including back-to-back Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) State titles in 2004 (Class 4A) and 2005 (Class 3A) ... Scored 1,728 career points and had 762 rebounds for the Lakers ... Was named the Class 3A Pennsylvania Player of the Year and first team All-State as a senior after averaging 16.5 points and 6.8 rebounds while leading Mercyhurst to a 29-3 record ... Was a first team All-State pick and the District 10 Player of the Year as a junior in 2003-04, averaging 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds for the 29-1 state champion Lakers ... The 2003-04 team finished the season ranked No. 22 in the USA Today national prep basketball poll ... Was a third-team All-State pick as a sophomore in 2002-03 in addition to being the Metro Conference Player of the Year ... High school coach was Randy Bowers ... Played for the Western PA Bruins AAU team, coached by Bill Palermo.

PERSONAL
Born June 10, 1987 ... Majoring in media studies ... Daughter of John and Beverly Gordon ... Has two older sisters, Tiffany and Sheena ... Sheena was a member of the University of North Carolina track & field team ... National Honor Society member ... Was active in the Greater Calvary Youth Council ... Also ran track at Mercyhurst Prep ... Chose Illinois over Temple, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and William & Mary.

GETTING TO KNOW CHELSEA...
Why Illinois? I love the facilities and wanted to play in the Big Ten.
What I've learned from Coach Law: I learned that everything is mental and you can do anything you want.
Favorite Fighting Illini Athlete: Arrelious Benn (football)
Something most people don't know abuot me: My sister, Sheena, is a professional athlete in track and field
What has been your biggest sports thrill: Making history in the Big Ten Tournament last year.
Who would play you in a movie? Oprah
Three words that describe my play: Finesse, smart, tough
Plans after Illinois: Graduate school or playing overseas

GORDON'S CAREER STATISTICS

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
2005-06 31-1 408 13.2 36 116 .310 13 38 .342 18 34 .529 20 27 47 1.5 19 0 14 33 6 18 103 3.3
2006-07 31-31 897 28.9 90 250 .360 20 81 .247 45 65 .692 36 78 114 3.7 48 2 36 66 19 27 245 7.9
2007-08 35-34 1182 33.8 95 265 .358 28 109 .257 36 52 .692 47 96 143 4.1 60 1 43 56 25 39 254 7.3
2008-09 19-17 593 31.2 28 127 .220 8 41 .195 14 17 .824 15 41 56 2.9 33 1 20 28 11 15 78 4.1
TOTAL 116-83 3080 26.6 249 758 .328 69 269 .257 113 168 .673 118 242 360 3.1 160 4 113 183 61 99 680 5.9

updated May 2009

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