12 - Stephanie Cherry|
|Previous School:||Fairfield HS|
AS A JUNIOR 2005-06
Cherry took over point guard duties fulltime for the Hornets, earning Big Sky honorable mention accolades for the first time in her career...averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game...led the team with 2.6 assists per game and also posted three 20-plus point games...in the Hornets’ first home game of the season, scored 22 points in a 68-67 overtime win against Southern Utah, tying her career high with nine made field goals...then led the team with a 22-point performance in a 57-55 loss to Weber State on Jan. 14...in a 69-61 victory over Eastern Washington, she led the team with 20 points, knocking down a career-high tying four three-pointers...led the team in scoring on five occasions...finished second on the team, knocking down 31 three-pointers, improving her career total to 76 and ranking eighth in program history...scored in double figures on 11 occasions and also led the team in rebounding four times...recorded a career-high seven assists, while also scoring 14 points and grabbing four rebounds in a 79-76 loss to Idaho State on Jan. 12...on the defensive end, Cherry led the team with 2.12 steals per game...also finished fourth in the Big Sky with a career-high 55 steals...led the team in steals 13 times during the year, posting at least three steals in a game on eight occasions.
AS A SOPHOMORE 2004-05
As the season progressed, Cherry worked her way into the starting five, spending time as the team’s shooting and point guards...in the Hornets’ 67-58 loss to Northern Arizona in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament on March 10, she scored a team-high 23 points, including 17 in the second half...she played in all 28 games with nine of her 10 starts coming against Big Sky competition...finished the year fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 7.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game...was second on the team with 31 made three-pointers...also finished second on the team with 52 steals (1.9 per game)...finished fourth in Big Sky play with 2.14 steals per game...scored in double figures on eight occasions and led the team in scoring on six occasions...scored a career-high 25 points in an 83-76 win over Ohio on Dec. 8...her 25 points were the most scored by any Hornet in 2004-05...two of Sacramento State’s top three scoring games belonged to Cherry (25 points vs. Ohio, 23 points vs. Northern Arizona)...she was one of only two players to score at least 20 points on two different occasions...recorded the first double-double of her career, 10 points and 10 rebounds, against Idaho State on Feb. 12...also had a season-high five steals in a 59-53 win at Portland State on Feb. 5...shot a season-best 55 percent from the floor (6-of-11) at Weber State...she also hit a season-high four three-pointers at Weber State...shot over 50 percent from behind the three-point line on three different occasions (all against Big Sky opponents)...on seven occasions, she had at least four steals in a game.
AS A FRESHMAN 2003-04
She was one of the Hornets most explosive players coming off the bench...played in 24 of the Hornets’ 27 games...stepped up her play against Big Sky Conference competition, averaging 16.9 minutes per game...knocked down 14 three-pointers during the season, second-best on the team...during conference play upped her scoring average more than two points to 7.8 points per game...scored a career-high 16 points vs. Northern Arizona in the last game of the season...one of the more accurate free-throw shooters with an overall .800 free-throw percentage, which ranks her ninth in program history as a single-season leader.
A 2003 graduate of Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Calif.,...competed in four years of basketball and two years of softball for the Falcons...in basketball, she played both guard positions and was named all-Monticello Empire League as a senior...lists going 10-for-10 from the free-throw line against rival Armijo HS as her best performance...in softball, she played right field and first base...named Student of the Month as a junior and senior.
Born Jan. 3, 1985...parents are Melinda Early and Steven Cherry...major is communication studies.