The Illini women's basketball team visited patients at the Carle Hospital pediatric wing on Friday, January 4.
2012-13 - Freshman: Played in 23 games, starting four ... Averaged 8.0 minutes, 1.4 points and 1.6 rebounds during the season ... Tallied a career-high 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a season-high 25 minutes in her collegiate debut against Evansville on Nov. 11 ... Made her first collegiate start in the season's third game, against Cleveland State on Nov. 18 ... Started, scored eight points and notched seven rebounds against Tulsa on Nov. 23 ... Started five consecutive games from Nov. 18-Dec. 1.
Helped Iowa City West to a Class 4A state championship and a second-straight Mississippi Valley Conference title in 2011-12 ... Two-time All-State selection by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association, Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register, including first-team honors in 2012 ... 2012 McDonald's All-America nominee ... Selected to the Gatorade Iowa Girls Coaches Association, and Iowa Basketball Coaches Association all-star teams in 2012 ... Two-time All-Region and All-District selection ... Two-time All-MVC first-team honoree ... Earned MVC All-Academic honors ... Averaged 13.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, along with 49 percent field-goal shooting, in 2011-12 ... Averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and shot 41 percent from the field in helping Iowa City West to the championship game of the Class 4A state tournament in 2010-11 ... The Trojans also won the Mississippi Valley Conference for the first time in 33 years ... Played at Keokuk High School as a freshman and sophomore ... Helped Keokuk advance to the quarterfinals of the state tournament in 2009 ... Was a team co-captain as a sophomore ... Two-time Southeast Iowa All-Conference team selection ... KHQA Tri-State Area All-Freshman team selection ... High School coach was B.J. Mayer ... A three-star recruit who also played for All Iowa Attack and was ranked as the 59th-best guard in the class by HoopGurlz ... Also considered Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa State and Iowa ... Also was a two-time Southeast Iowa Conference team and singles champion in tennis.
Born Feb. 16, 1994 ... Daughter of Scott and Catherine Piper ... Has one brother, Logan ... Enrolled in the Division of General Studies ... Inducted into Phi Eta Sigma honor society following her freshman year at Illinois ... Active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Illinois ... Graduated high school with honors ... Was a member of National Honor Society and Society for Academic Achievement in high school ... Was a presidential scholar and was class president in high school ... Enjoys tennis and Zumba.