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    Lydia McCully
    12 Lydia McCully
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Bedford Heights, Ohio

    High School:
    Bedford

    Height:
    5-9

    Position:
    Guard

    Lydia McCully


    AT ILLINOIS
    2011-12 - Senior: Earned team's Iron Woman of the Year ... Finishes her career ranked fifth on the Illini's all-time career assist list ... Played the third-most minutes among all Big Ten women's basketball players, averaging 36.3 per game ... Scored a season-high 13 points against South Carolina in the season-opener on Nov. 11, adding five rebounds and two steals against the Gamecocks ... Scored 10 points, grabbed five boards and dished out three assists on Nov. 18 at Oregon ... Earned a season-high six assists to go with five points and two steals at California on Nov. 20 ... Pulled down five boards, dished out three assists and earned two steals at Clemson on Dec. 1 ... Scored six points on three field goals at Illinois State on Dec. 7, grabbing seven rebounds while earning two assists ... Hit 3-of-4 field goal attempts while dishing out four assists and earning two steals against Alabama A&M on Dec. 28 ... Scored 12 points and tied a season-high with eight rebounds against #20/21 Purdue on Jan. 2 ... Earned 11 points on four field goals, including a pair of three-pointers, and a free throw at Iowa on Jan. 5. Also grabbed eight rebounds and dished on three assists while playing all 45 minutes in the overtime contest against the Hawkeyes ... Tallied five points, dished out four assists, earned three steals and pulled down three rebounds against #10/12 Ohio State on Jan. 22. ... Reached double-digits in scoring for the sixth time on the season with 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting against #19/21 Nebraska, also pulling down eight rebounds while dishing out two assists and earning two steals ... Added nine points on 3-of-5 shooting to the winning effort against Minnesota on Feb. 2, grabbing seven boards, creating three steals and earning a pair of assists ... Reached double-figures in scoring for the seventh time on the season with 12 points against No. 10 Ohio State, also dishing out five assists and earning a pair of steals to help secure the win ... Scored in double-figures for the second straight game, hitting 6-of-8 field goal attemots while totaling 13 points and leading all players with eight rebounds during Illinois' 61-60 victory at Indiana ... Netted 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field to go with seven rebounds, a career-high six steals and five assists ... Dished out six assists, scored five points and earned three steals at Wisconsin to close the regular season on Feb. 26 ... Reached double-figures in scoring for the fourth time in the previous six contests with 10 points against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament First Round on March 1.

    2010-11 - Junior: Started all 32 games at point guard and tied for the team lead in minutes played (34.5 mpg) ... Averged 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, a team-high 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting .352 from three-point range and .769 from the free throw line ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in assists (4.1 apg) and eighth in assist/TO ratio (1.3) ... Earned the team's Ralf Woods Free Throw Excellence Award after hitting 29-of-38 from the line (.763) in Big Ten play ... Had 11 points, five rebounds and tied Illinois' Big Ten Tournament single-game record with seven assists against Penn State in the semifinals ... Led the Illini to a first round Big Ten Tournament upset of Wisconsin with a team-high 17 points and five rebounds in 40 minutes of action ... Had her first career double-double at Northwestern on Feb. 3 with 10 points and a career-high 11 assists without committing a turnover, while also adding a season-high five steals ... Scored 11 points and dished out nine assists with only two turnovers vs. Iowa on Jan. 31 ... Had nine rebounds and five assists in win at Indiana on Jan. 13 ... Scored a career high with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting against Minnesota on Dec. 30 ... Totaled 14 points and hit three three-pointers in win at Colorado on Dec. 4 ... Hit 3-of-4 threes for 13 points and pulled down seven boards against #14 North Carolina in Hawaii on Nov. 27 ... Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds to go with nine points and four assists in win over Long Beach State in Hawaii on Nov. 26 ... Scored what was then a career-high 17 points against Cal Poly on Nov. 22 while also dishing out seven assists.

    2009-10 - RS Sophomore: Played in all 34 games, starting 32 ... Has started 61 of 65 career games at the point guard spot ... Averaged 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 75 assists ... Averaged 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in six postseason games ... Had nine points and six boards in the WNIT quarterfinal loss at Illinois State on March 28 ... Scored a season-high 14 points in the WNIT third round win at Missouri State on March 25 ... Played all 45 minutes in the OT win over Marquette in the WNIT second round on March 22, contributing seven points, six rebounds and three assists ... Scored 11 points and hit three three-pointers against Ohio State in the Big Ten Quarterfinal on March 5 ... Had eight points, a career-high eight rebounds and three assists in the Big Ten Tournament win over Indiana on March 4 ... Was 3-for-3 from behind the arc at Iowa on Feb. 14, scoring 11 points and adding four rebounds and three assists ... Tied her career-high with five assists against Northwestern on Feb. 11 ... Played all 40 minutes for the first time of the season on Feb. 7 against Indiana, contributing eight points, five rebounds and a career-high four steals ... Had seven rebounds and tied her career high with five assists at Purdue on Feb. 4 ... Played one of her best games of the season in the win at Minnesota on Jan. 31, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting ... Scored nine points on Jan. 7 at Indiana, also tying her career-high with five assists in 36 minutes ... Assisted on Karisma Penn's game-winning lay-up as time expired against Wisconsin on Jan. 3 ... Tied her career-high with five assists against Marquette on Dec. 9 ... Named the team's Most Improved Player at the annual postseason banquet.

    2008-09 - RS Freshman: Played in all 31 games, starting 29 ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in minutes played (35.48) and 13th in three-point field goal percentage (.337) ... Was fifth among all Big Ten freshmen in scoring (7.5) ... Hit the game-winning jumper against Milwaukee with 3.4 seconds left ... Scored 14 points against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament, just missing her career-high ... Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds and also notched eight points against Northwestern on Feb. 12 ... Scored 11 points and had a career-high three steals at Ohio State on Jan. 22 ... Scored 13 points on Dec. 6 against Bradley and recorded a career-high five assists ... Hit a career-best four three-pointers while playing all 40 minutes against Maryland in the Cancun Caribbean Challenge finale on Nov. 28 ... Scored a career-high 15 points against South Dakota State on Nov. 27 in the Cancun Caribbean Challenge ... Played all 45 minutes in the Cancun Caribbean Challenge opener on Nov. 26 against Montana ... Made the first start of her career on Nov. 19 against Missouri, playing all 40 minutes and contributing 10 points, four rebounds and three assists ... Had five points, two steals and two assists in her Illinois debut on Nov. 14 at IPFW ... Named the team's Most Courageous Player at the postseason awards banquet.

    2007-08 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2007-08 season.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Ranked as the No. 46 senior in the class of 2007 by Blue Star Report ... Ohio District One Player of the Year in 2007 after averaging 13.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.1 steals per game and shooting 44 percent from behind the arc as a senior ... Team captain in 2006-07 ... Two-time Lake Erie Leauge MVP, two-time first team All-Lake Erie League and two-time Northeast Ohio first team All-District (2006 and '07) at Bedford High School ... Averaged 15.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals per game as a junior ... Earned a spot on the Lake Erie League All-Academic Team in 2005-06 ... Played freshman and sophomore seasons at Villa Angela-Saint Joseph High School in Cleveland, where she was twice named team MVP and All-Ohio ... Also played for the Score More Athletic Club (SMAC) Lady Ballers AAU team ... High school coach was Patrick Griffis ... AAU coach was Carlos Shea-Ron.

    PERSONAL
    Born Dec. 5, 1988 ... Majoring in communication ... Daughter of Quin and Fay McCully ... Has one brother ... Wants to be a news or sports broadcaster after finishing school ... Chose Illinois after considering a scholarship offer from Ohio State.

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