2002 Highlights: Honorable Mention All-Big Ten performer. ? Despite battling asthma, moved into third on the Illinois all-time steals list (218) adding 66 during the 2002 season ? Also ranks sixth in three-pointers (75) ninth on the Illini?s all-time assist list (312) after posting 104 in 2001-02 ? Made 5 of 6 three-pointers vs. Michigan in the Illini?s 92-78 victory ? Scored a season-high 21 points to lead the Illini past St. Mary?s and tied that high vs. Michigan ? Grabbed a season-high five steals in the season opener at Clemson. ? Tied a career-high with nine assists against Pepperdine at the United Center ? Tied for fourth in the Big Ten averaging 2.5 steals per game in conference contests.
2001 Highlights: Starting point guard for 32 games ? Also can play the off-guard spot ? Scored in double figures in first four games and 11 games in all in 2000-2001 ? Made all three of her three-pointers vs. Alcorn State in the win ? Sank 6-6 free throws in the last minute and a half to seal the victory at Illinois State ? Dished out a career-high nine assists against Ohio State ? Also tied a career-high with two blocks against the Buckeyes ? Scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Illini over UW-Green Bay in the opening round of the WNIT.
2000 Highlights: Averaged 30.3 minutes a game ? Took over the starting role when Melissa Parker was sidelined ? Started 18 out of 30 games ? Played every minute vs. Wisconsin (1/4/00) and Northwestern (1/23/00) ? Broke Allison Curtin?s freshman record and was second on the squad in steals with 71 ? Led Illinois in assists with 95 ? Fourth on the team in scoring with 250 points, averaging 8.3 a contest ? Fifth on the team in rebounds with 91 caroms ? Scored nine points, including a three-pointer vs. Western Michigan ? Had nine points and three steals vs. Oklahoma State ? Broke Illinois record with 10 steals vs. Kansas ? Recorded her first career double-double against the Jayhawks with 11 points to compliment her 10 steals ? Hit 6 of 10 from the field en route to a career-high 15 points vs. Indiana ? Led the team with four assists vs. U.S. National Team ? Knocked down a career-high three treys against Minnesota ??Shot 59 of 82 from the line for 72.0 percent ? Scored in double figures 10 times.
High School: Broke state record for steals for a career (695) while her 189 steals as a senior is seventh-best all-time in state history ? Hillcrest career leader in scoring, rebounding, steals, assists, and games played ? Named MVP of All-Area team by the Southtown Economist ? Led Hawks to a 28-2 record and a supersectional appearance in 1999 ? Averaged 25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 6.8 steals per game while shooting 58 percent from the field, 75 percent from the free-throw line and 41 percent from the three-point arc in 1999 ? Numbers as a junior were 25.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 6.4 steals per game ? Four-time SICA Central Conference performer and three-time league MVP ? Named all-state twice ? MVP of Hillcrest Christmas Tournament twice ? Three-time MVP of Bolingbrook Christmas Tournament ? Hillcrest school record holder in career scoring average, field goals, FG attempts, three-pointers, rebounds, steals, assists and games played.
Personal: Played for Illinois Hustle AAU team coached by Derril Kipp ? Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ? Enjoys reading, dancing, movies and swimming. ? Born May 30, 1981 ? Daughter of Stanley Hunter, Jr., and Diane Horne. ? Majoring in speech communication.
Getting to Know Shavonna Hunter:
Favorite TV Show - Rosanne, Real World, Favorite Athletes - Michael Jordan and Sheryl Swoopes
Nickname - Vonna
Who has had the biggest influence on your basketball career and why? - My mom is my inspiration and motivation of my life. She has never let anyone stand in the way of something she wants to do.
Favorite Class or Favorite Instructor - Mr. Martinsek, Statistics 100
Favorite Quote - "The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you can?t."
Book I?ve read in the past year that I?ve most enjoyed - Maintenance Man
If I could do anything in my wildest dreams, it would be - Create total happiness for everyone I?m associated with. Be able to expend all my energy to the things I?m passionate about.
My most memorable vacation - Going on a cruise to the Bahamas, Jamaica, British West Indies and a couple of other islands.
Favorite Restaurant - Italian Fiesta
What motivates me the most is - The passion and desire I have to experience victory
My biggest accomplishment to date - Becoming a respectable, independent and mature individual. Being able to help my family out in situations and just enjoying life.
Three words to describe myself - Loyal, Entertaining, Versatile