Women's Basketball


Rebecca Harris
Rebecca Harris
30

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Belleville, Ill.

High School:
Mascoutah

Last College:
Rend Lake College

Height:
5-8

Position:
Guard

Rebecca Harris


AT ILLINOIS
2007-08 - Senior Played all 35 games and started 25 at point guard ... Ability to create her own shot and get to the line made her the team's go-to player in the closing minutes of tight games ... Was second on the team in scoring at 10.1 points per game and shot 79 percent from the line and 37 percent from three-point range for the season ... Ended her career ranked sixth on Illinois' all-time career FT percentage list (79.3) ... Named to the Big Ten Tournament All-Tournament team for averaging 15.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 38.5 minutes in the Illini's run to the title game ... Scored 22 points in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal, leading the way for the victory over #22 Ohio State ... Had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Tournament first round win over Wisconsin ... Went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line on Feb. 14 at Wisconsin on her way to 18 points ... Played all 40 minutes in the Jan. 31 up set of #19 Ohio State, scoring 14 points and committing zero turnovers ... Notched the first double-double of her career on Jan. 27 at Purdue, with 11 points and 11 rebounds ... Had a career game on Jan. 10 vs. Minnesota, with 23 points, four three-pointers and six rebounds in 37 minutes ... Had big game on Nov. 23 against South Carolina, achieving then career-highs in points (15), assists (6) and free throws made (5), while hitting all five of her field goal attempts ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2006-07 - Junior: Saw action in 30 games, starting one at point guard ... Averaged 6.3 points in just 17.2 minutes per game ... Shot .364 from behind the arc and hit 24 threes, both of which ranked second on the team ... Ranked second on the team in FT percentage (.804) ... Scored a season-high 14 points vs. Indiana on Jan. 7 ... Scored 12 points on three different occasions, most recently vs. Minnesota on Jan. 18 ... Dished out a season-high four assists five different times, most recently at Kansas State in the WNIT.

JUNIOR COLLEGE
Played at Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill., for two seasons before transferring to Illinois ... Is the first junior college player to transfer to Illinois since Yolanda Smith in 2000 ... Named an honorable mention NJCAA All-American in 2005-06 after ranking third in the nation in scoring with an average of 23.6 points per game and ninth in the country in assists with an average of 5.6 ... Also averaged 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals for Rend Lake, while shooting .495 from the field, .390 from three-point range and .750 from the free-throw line to lead the team to a 19-12 record ... Led the Warriors to a 19-13 record in 2004-05 and was named Team MVP as a freshman ... Coach was Glenn Box.

HIGH SCHOOL
Led Mascoutah to a 28-6 record, including IHSA Class AA regional and sectional titles, during her senior year in 2003-04 ... Reached the 1,000 point plateau for her career as a junior ... Named to the All-Mississippi Valley conference squad three consecutive years from 2002-04 ... Named to the Mascoutah Invitational All-Tourney team in both 2003 and 2004 ... High school coach was Terry Moeller.

PERSONAL
Born April 15, 1986 at March Air Force Base in California ... Full given name is Rebecca Teneile Harris ... Daughter of Johnnie and Belynda Harris ... Has three siblings, Jay Omar, Beryl and Jasmyne ... Enjoys listening to music, reading, eating new things and playing video games ... Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan because she enjoyed his style of play and has always been a fan of his ... Credits her father as being most the influential in her career because he was a referee when she was little and was always around the game ... Majoring in speech communications.

GETTING TO KNOW BEC
I chose Illinois because: It was the best choice for me. It jumped out at me and I knew this was the place to be.
Favorite place on campus: At a gym where a lot of people are playing, or my apartment
What I've learned from Coach Law: Being content is not an option
Which of your teammates is...
...the funniest? Audrey Tabon - I just find her hilarious
...the best dressed? Chelsea Gordon - She's a walking fashion show!
...the smartest? Lori Bjork - Have you seen her class schedule?
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan
Favorite sports team: Denver Nuggets
Favorite movies: The Notebook, Stomp the Yard
Favorite sports movies: Love & Basketball, Coach Carter
Favorite TV show: Top Chef
Favorite singer: Kanye West
Favorite meals: Chinese and seafood
Favorite activity outside basketball: Relaxing with friends and family
Things I can't go a day without: My iPod
Something most people don't know about me: I've traveled the world
Biggest sports thrill: My senior year of basketball in high school
Pre-game superstitions: I have to listen to my music as much as possible, up to about the time I have to leave the lockerroom and I must eat a bag of gummy bears within the last seven hours before the game.
Who had the biggest impact on your basketball career and why? My dad because he is a referee and I would always go to the gym with him
Three words that describe my play are: Quick, explosive, unpredictable
Plans after Illinois: Hopefully I will be playing as a professional

HARRIS' 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
2006-07 30-1 515 17.2 62 165 .376 24 66 .364 41 51 .804 8 53 61 2.0 35 0 51 54 1 12 189 6.3
2007-08 35-25 1010 28.9 115 285 .404 34 91 .374 89 113 .788 27 93 120 3.4 72 0 82 95 5 42 353 10.1
TOTAL 65-26 1525 23.5 177 450 .393 58 157 .369 130 164 .793 35 146 181 2.8 107 0 133 149 6 54 542 8.3

updated May 2008

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