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Zia Cooke

  • position Guard
  • height 5-9
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Toledo, Ohio
  • High school Rogers
  • position Guard
  • height 5-9
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Toledo, Ohio
  • High school Rogers

Zia Cooke Bio

Career Game-by-Game Stats (PDF)


Sophomore Year (2020-21)
All-America Honorable Mention (WBCA, USBWA)
All-SEC First Team
NCAA Hemisfair Region MOP
NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team
SEC Tournament All-Tournament Team
SEC Academic Honor Roll
Freshman Year (2019-20)
Her Hoop Stats Fab 15 Freshmen (honorable mention)
SEC All-Freshman Team
SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
High School

Naismith Player of the Year Finalist (2019)
Naismith All-America First Team (2019)
WBCA All-America First Team (2019)
McDonald’s All-America (2019)
SLAM All-America (2019)
USA Today All-USA Third Team (2019)
OPSWA Division II Ohio Player of the Year (2019)

International (USA Basketball)

2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, gold medal
2017 FIBA U16 Americas Cup, gold medal
In the Record Book

9th – Free throw percentage in a season (.772 (88-114) in 2020-21)
Most games started by a freshman (33 in 2019-20)
Most field goal attempts by a freshman (23 vs. Arkansas, 1/9/20)
Best 3-point field goal percentage by a freshman (1.000 (4-4) vs. Auburn, 2/13/20)
Best free throw percentage by a freshman (1.000 (6-6) at Maryland, 11/10/19)
Most made 3-point field goals in an NCAA Tournament game (5 vs. Stanford, 4/2/21)

Sophomore Year (2020-21)

  • First-Team All-SEC and honorable mention All-American after leading the team in scoring (15.9 ppg)
  • Finished the season ranked 12th in the SEC in scoring and ninth in free throw percentage (.772)
  • Earned a spot on the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team with a 25-point outing against No. 2/2 Stanford (Apr. 2) in the semifinal game, matching then program NCAA Tournament record for the second time in three games with five 3s, including three in the first six minutes of the third quarter to help level the game
  • Named the Hemisfair Region Most Outstanding Player while averaging 14.0 points-, 4.5 rebounds- and 2.0 assists-through the first four games of the tournament
  • Shifted into high gear in the second quarter of the NCAA Elite 8 game against Texas (Mar. 30), scoring 11 of her game-high 16 points in the second period… also pulled down six rebounds
  • Tied the program record for 3-point buckets in a NCAA Tournament game with five in the NCAA Sweet 16 game against Georgia Tech (Mar. 28),… finished the game with a team-high 17 points and four rebounds
  • Finished the SEC Tournament averaging 15.7 points per game to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team
  • Hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer in the SEC Tournament title game against #16/21 Georgia (Mar. 7)
  • Scored the final six points of the first quarter in the SEC Tournament semifinal against #14/16 Tennessee (Mar. 6), capping off a 19-2 Carolina run on her way to a team-high 17 points in the game
  • Got off to a hot start against Alabama (Mar. 5), scoring eight points in the first quarter and capping the game off with six in the fourth to finish with a team-high 22 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals
  • Led the team with 15 points at #3/3 Texas A&M (Feb. 28), including the first seven points of the fourth quarter to start a comeback that would cut a 12-point deficit to just three with 3:00 to play
  • Scored the first eight points of the game for Carolina against Ole Miss (Feb. 25) and 12 in the first quarter on her way to a team-high 17 on the day
  • Started hot against #17/17 Kentucky (Feb. 21), scoring eight points in the first quarter before putting the game on ice with 11 points in a dominant third quarter on her way to a game-high 21 points
  • Erased LSU’s (Feb. 14) only lead of the day with four quick points in the first on her way to 13 points, her eighth straight game in double figures
  • Dropped eight of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter against Missouri (Feb. 11), bouncing back after a rough start to go 5-of-7 from the field in the second half
  • Took over early at Auburn (Feb. 4), scoring 11 points in the first quarter and all 17 of her points in the first half
  • Accounted for 12 of Carolina’s 24 points in a dominant third quarter against Alabama (Jan. 31) en route to a game-high 21 points, her second straight game leading the team in scoring
  • Jump started a 14-0 run at #21/19 Mississippi State (Jan. 28), scoring the first eight of the 14 points on her way to a game-high 19 points in the win
  • Kept her momentum going at LSU (Jan. 24) scoring 11 points, including four in the closing moments of the game
  • Found her flow early against #22/23 Georgia (Jan. 21), scoring six points in the first quarter and capped the first half with a buzzer beater on her way to a 16-point performance
  • Shook off tough offensive night at #10/8 Kentucky (Jan. 10) to hit a pair of free throws to make it a two-possession game in the final 10 seconds
  • Snapped the team’s 3:23 scoreless run  in the third quarter at Alabama (Jan. 4) on her way to an 18-point performance
  • Took over in the third quarter of the SEC opener against Florida (Dec. 31), scoring the final 12 points of the period on her way to 26 points, a new SEC career high
  • Tied her career best with five made 3-pointers against Temple (Dec. 17) in a lethally efficient performance, going 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc for a game-high 23 points
  • Had her outside game working at #23/18 Iowa State (Dec. 6), capping the first quarter with the first of her four 3-pointers, which also included two to open the third quarter on back-to-back possessions
  • Poured in 16 points while dishing out four assists and snagging four rebounds against #21/20 Gonzaga (Nov. 29)
  • Scored a game-high 19 points and played a career-high 36 minutes against South Dakota (Nov. 28) where she also pulled down five rebounds.

Freshman Year (2019-20)

  • Part of first team in program history to end the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, claiming that spot in both the AP and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll
  • Set program record for games started by a freshman after drawing the assignment in every game of the season
  • Ranked 24th in the SEC in scoring and 12th in league games (13.8)
  • Led the team or tied for team lead in scoring in eight SEC games, cracking double figures in 13
  • Was the spark in a 9-0 third-quarter run against #12/14 Texas A&M (Mar. 1) with a defensive rebound, a steal and back-to-back buckets to break open a six-point game
  • Posted her Gamecock freshman record fourth 20-point SEC game at #14/16 Kentucky (Feb. 23), highlighted by 13 second-half points, including key buckets each time the Wildcats drew within single digits
  • Bookended team’s 5-of-5 3-point shooting start vs. Auburn (Feb. 13), scoring 12 of her 13 points in the first half
  • Dropped nine of her 15 points in the fourth quarter against #5/6 UConn (Feb. 10) to help keep the Huskies at bay
  • Notched her third 20-point SEC outing with 20 against #22/22 Tennessee (Feb. 2), including nine in the opening quarter to set the tone
  • Made the clutch play of the night against #9/9 Mississippi State (Jan. 20), intercepting an in-bounds pass with six seconds left to seal the Carolina win … scored five of her 13 points in the final quarter as well
  • Most productive Gamecock in first quarter at Missouri (Jan. 16) with six of team’s 12 points in tough-shooting opening period
  • Scored 10 of her game-high 17 points during the opening 3:18 of the third quarter at Vanderbilt (Jan. 12)
  • Went on a personal 10-2 run over 1:40 of the first quarter against #21/21 Arkansas (Jan. 9) en route to second-straight 20-point SEC game
  • Bookended her team-high 20 points at Alabama (Jan. 5) with seven first-quarter and eight fourth-quarter points, including a quick 3 after the Tide had cut the lead to 10 early in the final period
  • Scored six of team’s first 10 points on the third quarter of SEC debut against #13/13 Kentucky (Jan. 2)
  • Netted eight of her 14 points against Purdue (Dec. 15) in the third quarter, including four points in seven seconds to stop a 7-2 Boilermaker run
  • Had best outside shooting night by a Gamecock freshman since 2011 with five 3s at Dayton (Nov. 13), finishing with 27 points for the most by a Gamecock freshman since 2009
  • Added six of her 10 points at #4/5 Maryland (Nov. 10) in the second quarter to stretch lead to double figures at halftime
  • Netted double-figures in her debut against Alabama State (Nov. 5), tying for team-high honors with 13 points

High School

  • Ranked No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2019 and the top point guard in the class
  • Earned consensus All-America selection after her senior season (2018-19)
  • Played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic (2019)
  • Helped Rogers to a pair of Ohio Division II State Championships (2018, 2019)
  • Captured multiple player of the year honors from Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) Division II (2019), Toledo Blade (2018, 2019), Toledo City League (2017, 2018)
  • Named to at least one all-state team in each of her last three seasons at Rogers
  • Has won a pair of gold medals with USA Basketball


  • Daughter of Michelle and Stratman Cooke … has one brother, Stratman
  • Majoring in mass communications