In 1998, Purdue upset No. 1 ranked Tennessee, and with 18 points and eight rebounds in that game, Cooper earned herself a spot in the starting lineup.
She's been Purdue's center ever since, including the Boilermakers' win in the 1999 NCAA national championship game.
Cooper and All-American and fellow senior Katie Douglas make a dangerous combination for Purdue. Cooper has been a consistent force for the Boilmakers on the inside and has established herself as an intimidating shot blocker, recording 54 during the 1998-99 season.
Offensively Cooper seems to put up big numbers in big games. In Purdue's 2000 second-round NCAA game against Oklahoma, the center scored a career-high 34 points.
With Purdue's sights set on another national title, Boilermaker coach Kim Curry says Cooper needs to add one more aspect to her game -- leadership.