Cynthia Lynne Cooper ( born April 14, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is a former professional basketball player. She is currently the coach of the women 's basketball teams in the Prairie View A & M University.
Cynthia Cooper played as Guard from 1982 to 1986 for the women's basketball team at the University of Southern California. She led her team to two NCAA championships in 1983 and 1984.
Cynthia Cooper is regarded as one of the best players who has ever played in the WNBA. She played from 1997 to 2000 for the Houston Comets. In those four seasons, she won four times the WNBA championship and was chosen here also every time the Finals MVP. In the seasons 1997 and 1998 she was also elected to the Most Valuable Player of the season. She was the first player in the WNBA, the 500, -, 1000 -, 2000 - and 2500 -point brands cracked. After the 2000 season, she finished her career as a player, but she remained faithful to the WNBA and became the new coach of the Phoenix Mercury for one and a half years.
For the 2003 season, the now 40 -year-old Cooper for one season as a player came back to the WNBA. This season she played for the Houston Comets again.
Cooper took the U.S. women's basketball team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul the gold medal.
On July 13, 2008 Cooper was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. On 13 August 2010, the Naismith Memorial Basketball inclusion in the Hall of Fame took place.