23 - Tee'Ara Copney
Tee'Ara Copney
Height: 5-7
Year: Junior
Hometown: Asheville, N.C.
Position: G
Major: Sociology
Last School: T.C. Roberson HS

2010-11: Named to the All-Atlantic Sun Second Team as a sophomore … Played and started in 29 games … Ranked second in the team in scoring and fourth in the A-Sun with 15.1 points per game … Averaged 4.1 rebounds per contest … Ranked fifth in the conference in free throw percentage with .791, second in steals with 2.38 per game and sixth in assists with 4.00 per contest … Averaged 2.10 three-pointers per game to finish seventh in the league in three-balls made … Posted 21 double-digit scoring efforts, including nine 20-point scoring games … Recorded a season-high 28 points at Marshall Nov. 17 and then again at Lipscomb Feb. 21 … Dished out a career-best 10 rebounds at Indiana State Dec. 12 …  Snagged a career-best nine boards at Mercer Jan. 29 … Tallied 116 assists, 69 steals and seven blocks … Shot .347 percent from the floor and .324 from behind the arc.

2009-10: Named the Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshmen team after averaging 11.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.0 apg... Appeared in all 29 games and made nine starts... Scored six points in collegiate debut against North Greenville (11/13)... First double-digit outing came at Longwood with 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting... Ranked in the top-10 in two conference statistical categories, finishing second with 67 steals and 10th in 3-point field goals made (46)... Was 11th in the A-Sun with a field-goal percentage of 41.8, 12th in points per game (11.6) and 15th in 3-point field goal percentage (.341)... Averaged 13.2 ppg in conference games, which was ninth-best in the league... Also ranked in the top-10 of three other categories (conference games only), second in steals (47), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (39.6), fifth in 3-point field goals made (40), while ranking just outside the top-10 (11th) in field goal percentage (.445)... Led the Spartans with six 20-plus point performances, the first coming at South Carolina State (11/24), with 21 points on a 9-for-11 effort from the floor, including a perfect 3-for-3 mark from beyond the 3-point line... Scored 20 points against Mercer (1/14)... Scored a career-best 29 points at North Florida (1/21)... Had two 23-point outings against Jacksonville, the first in Jacksonville, Fla. (1/23) and the second at the Hodge Center (2/1)... Posted 22 points at Mercer (2/8) behind 8-for-16 shooting from the floor, including a 6-for-11 effort on 3-pointers...  Final 20-plus point outing came against Florida Gulf Coast (22) on Feb. 25... Led the Spartans in scoring the final four games of the season, at Campbell on Feb. 20 (17), at ETSU on Feb. 22 (17), against Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 25 and in the season-finale against Stetson on Feb. 27 (17).

Before USC Upstate: Started for four seasons at T.C. Roberson... Completed her career with more than 1,600 points, setting the school record... Also led her team to a Mountain Athletic Conference title and to the 3-A Western Regional finals... Earned the Citizen-Times All-Western North Carolina Girls' Basketball Player of the Year and earned Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors for the second time in three years after averaging 16.2 points, 4.6 assists and 4.6 steals a game as a senior... Team won 100 of their 118 games in her four years with the Rams... Ranked 219th in the nation by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and 729th in the nation amongst high school seniors by the All-Star Girls' Basketball Report... Ranked 42nd amongst point guards in the class of 2009 by CGBR.

Personal: Born on Jan. 23, 1991 in Asheville, N.C... Daughter of Roy Mills, Juanita Gilliland and Renee Copney... Has two older brothers, Roy Gilliland and Shawn Mills and three sisters, Keca Gilliland, Anea Copney and Kerone Mills... Majoring in sociology... Enjoys shopping and hanging out with her teammates... Member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee... Lists chicken alfredo as her favorite food... Favorite movies are "Love & Basketball" and "The Color Purple"... Favorite TV shows are "Law & Order" and "Criminal Minds"... Claims fall is her favorite season... Favorite sports figures are her coach Tammy George and Lebron James... Names Secret Life of Bees as her favorite book... Hero growing up was her father... Admires her parents... Her favorite quote comes from Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things throught Christ, who strengthens me."

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