Nov. 4, 2011
TUCSON - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball assistant coach E.C. Hill will be inducted with the inaugural class into the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held Saturday, November 5, in Chicago. Hill joins a class of 60 of Illinois' most notable basketball names including Tameka Catchings, Kevin Garnett, Don Nelson, Doc Rivers and Isiah Thomas.
Hill played her high school career as a guard at Whitney Young High School and graduated with the class of 1990. She was the No. 2 high school prospect in the nation behind Lisa Leslie. She was named a Parade Prep first-team All-American, the Naismith and Gatorade Circle of Champions State Player of the Year and a unanimous all-state selection. While starring at Whitney Young High School, she scored a career-high 73 points vs. Austin High School and handed out a career-high 23 assists vs. Collins High School. She was inducted into the Chicago Public League Hall of Fame in 2000.
Hill is a Northern Illinois Athletics and Illinois Basketball Coaches' Association Hall of Famer and her name can be found throughout the Northern Illinois women's basketball record book. As a player, she helped lead the Huskies to three-straight NCAA Tournament berths under NIU Hall of Fame coach Jane Albright. She was named a first-team U.S. Basketball Writers' Association All-American, a Kodak District Four All-American, a preseason Street and Smith's and Basketball Times All-American, Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year, first-team All-Mid-Con and All-Mid-Con Tournament on a 25-6 NCAA Tourney squad that won the 1993-94 Mid-Con regular-season title with an 18-0 record.
Hill led the league and ranked 16th nationally in scoring (22.0 ppg). A two-time Northern Illinois MVP (1992-93, 1993-94), Hill was named the North Star Conference Newcomer of the Year with a 14.2 points per game average in 1991-92. She graduated from Northern Illinois in 1995 with a degree in communications.
Hill played professional basketball for the New England Blizzard (1996-99) and Chicago Condors (1998-99) in the American Basketball League, with the Charlotte Sting (2000), Phoenix Mercury (2001), Los Angeles Sparks (2001) and Orlando Miracle (2002) in the WNBA and in many cities in Europe.
Hill's first coaching opportunity came at Robert Morris College in Chicago. She served as head coach during the 2004-05 season before returning to NIU for the 2005-06 campaign. She served as an assistant coach at NIU for six seasons before starting her current role as an assistant coach at Arizona in June, 2011.
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