Aug. 19, 2011
TUCSON - E.C. Hill, the newest member of the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball staff, is being honored by The Summit League for her playing time at Northern Illinois. In celebration of The Summit League's 30th Anniversary Season, the league officially announced its list of Top 30 Distinguished Contributors from the Division I era.
The Summit League's Top 30 Distinguished Contributors were determined by voting by a panel of representatives from each current Summit League member institution and each former league member of at least five years along with members of the media who regularly cover the league. Nearly 100 total candidates were originally chosen for consideration based on nominations and individual achievements.
Hill is in her first season as an assistant coach with the women's basketball staff. She comes to Arizona after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois, her alma mater. With the Wildcats, Hill will work on the development of perimeter players, scouting opponents, game preparation and recruiting. She will also handle scheduling games.
Hill is an NIU 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.
Each honoree will be profiled on The Summit League's Web site throughout the 2011-12 academic year as part of The Summit League's 30th Anniversary Season celebration.