Cierra  Burdick

11Cierra Burdick


Charlotte, N.C.

High School:
Butler H.S.



2014-15 Season Highs
Points:24 // Mississippi St., 2/1/15
Rebounds:17 // Wichita State, 12/16/14
Assists:7 // Vanderbilt, 3/1/15
Steals:4 // Georgia, 2/26/15
Blocks:3 // Maryland, 3/30/15*
Field Goals:9 // Mississippi St., 2/1/15
3-Pointers:2 // Kentucky, 3/7/15*
Free Throws:10 // Arkansas, 1/11/15
Minutes:40 // S. Carolina, 3/8/15
Career Highs
Points:24 // Mississippi St., 2/1/15
Rebounds:17 // Wichita State, 12/16/14
Assists:9 // Old Dominion, 12/28/11
Steals:4 // Georgia, 2/26/15
Blocks:4 // Kentucky, 3/3/13
Field Goals:10 // St. John's, 3/24/14
3-Pointers:3 // Alabama, 2/2/14*
Free Throws:10 // Arkansas, 1/11/15
Minutes:40 // S. Carolina, 3/8/15
SEC Highs
Points:24 // Mississippi St., 2/1/15
Rebounds:14 // Florida, 2/8/15*
Assists:7 // Vanderbilt, 3/1/15*
Steals:4 // Georgia, 2/26/15
Blocks:4 // Kentucky, 3/3/13
Field Goals:9 // Mississippi St., 2/1/15
3-Pointers:3 // Alabama, 2/2/14
Free Throws:10 // Arkansas, 1/11/15
Minutes:39 // Kentucky, 2/16/14*
NCAA Highs
Points:22 // Gonzaga, 3/28/15
Rebounds:15 // Gonzaga, 3/28/15
Assists:5 // Boise St., 3/21/15
Steals:2 // Maryland, 3/30/15*
Blocks:3 // Maryland, 3/30/15
Field Goals:10 // St. John's, 3/24/14
3-Pointers:1 // Maryland, 3/30/15*
Free Throws:8 // Gonzaga, 3/28/15
Minutes:38 // Gonzaga, 3/28/15
*Indicates most recent high

    • WNBA Second Rd. Draft Pick (14th pick, Los Angeles Sparks) -- 2015
    • AP Honorable Mention All-American -- 2015
    • NCAA Spokane Regional All-Tournament Team -- 2015
    • Coaches All-SEC First Team -- 2015
    • AP All-SEC Second Team -- 2015
    • SEC All-Tournament Team -- 2015
    • College Sports Madness All-SEC Second Team -- 2015
    • CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team -- 2015
    • SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship Nominee -- 2015
    • NCAA Jim McKay Scholarship Winner -- 2015
    • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar -- 2014-15
    • SEC Community Service Team -- 2015
    • SEC Academic Honor Roll -- 2015
    • CoSIDA Academic All-District Team (District 3) -- 2015
    • UT Torchbearer -- 2015
    • Volscars Miss Tennessee -- 2015
    • SEC Player of the Week -- 2014-15 (2/2)
    • College Sports Madness SEC & National Player of the Week -- 2014-15 (2/2)
    • SEC Co-Player of the Week -- 2014-15 (1/12)
    • All-State, WBCA Good Works Team Nominee -- 2014
    • SEC All-Tournament -- 2014
    • SEC Community Service Team -- 2014
    • SEC Academic Honor Roll -- 2014
    • Volscars Female Best Supporting Role Award -- 2014
    • SEC Player of the Week -- 2013-14 (2/3)
    • SEC Academic Honor Roll -- 2013
    • SEC Player of the Week -- 2012-13 (3/4)
    • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll -- 2012
    • SEC Freshman of the Week -- 2011-12 (2/20)
      • Named an AP Honorable Mention All-American
      • Voted to NCAA Spokane Regional All-Tournament Team
      • Was selected to the Coaches All-SEC First Team.
      • Named a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
      • Carded nine double-doubles to lead the team this season.
      • The Lady Vols' No. 3 leading scorer (11.0) and second-leading rebounder (7.6).
      • Tallied nine points, six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in the Regional final game vs. Maryland. Earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
      • Notched back-to-back double-doubles and ninth of the season with 22 points and 15 rebounds vs. Gonzaga. Was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe and had two steals in the regional semifinal.
      • Carded her eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Pitt in the second round. Also dished out three assists in her 33 minutes.
      • Grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, dished out a personal NCAA tourney-high five assists and tallied two steals in the first round game vs. Boise State.
      • Was named to the Coaches All-SEC First Team for the first time in her career, averaging 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in conference play.
      • Was twice named SEC Player of the Week and made the SEC Community Service team for the second consecutive year.
      • Became the 42nd Lady Vol to score 1,000 career points at Tennessee during the game vs. Georgia in the SEC quarterfinals.
      • Notched back-to-back doubles on three occasions throughout the season.
      • Grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Wichita State while carding her third double-double of the season with 10 points. The 17 rebounds were the sixth most tallied in a game by a UT senior.
      • Scored a career-high 24 points against Mississippi State while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists.
      • Dished out a season-high seven assists in the home finale vs. Vanderbilt while producing 12 points and six rebounds.
      • Grabbed 10 or more rebounds nine games this season
      • Tallied 10 or more points on 17 occasions during the season, including two 20-point outings.
    2013-14 AT TENNESSEE
      • Started a career-high 25 games and played in all 35 contests for the Lady Vols, posting career-best scoring (8.7) and rebounding averages (7.3).
      • Was Tennessee's second-leading rebounder at 7.3 rpg. and ranked No. 11 in the SEC.
      • Drew starting nods in the first six games and last 17, winding up as Tennessee's second-leading rebounder.
      • Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in five of the last eight games of the season and did so nine total times during the 2013-14 campaign.
      • Notched 13 double-figure scoring outings in 2013-14, including three 20-plus point showings (Alabama, 21; LSU, 22; St. John's, 21).
      • Had six double-doubles as a junior and ran her career total to 12.
      • Named to SEC All-Tournament Team, averaging 8.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in the Lady Vols' run to their 17th tourney championship.
      • Driving force in UT's SEC semifinal win vs. Texas A&M, grabbing 10 boards and putting up nine points; also took two charges, providing a defensive spark in the matchup.
      • Recorded her fifth double-double of the season against LSU in the SEC Tournament, notching 10 points and 11 boards - tying her season high in rebounds.
      • During NCAA play, she averaged 10.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Her scoring average was second-best on the squad, and she was third in rebounding.
      • Shot 54.2 percent (13-24) from the field in NCAA action, a mark that was second best on the team.
      • Scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in UT's 72-67 road win over LSU on Feb. 27.
      • Named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in UT's victories over Arkansas and Alabama. In the two games, she combined to shoot 68.2% (15-22) from the field, including 71.4% (5-7) beyond the arc.
      • Had 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 11 rebounds in UT's NCAA Second Round win over St. John's.
      • Hit eight of 13 shots to score 21 and added 11 rebounds as Tennessee came from 15-down to win at Alabama.
    2012-13 AT TENNESSEE
      • Was a presence on the boards, leading Tennessee in rebounding on nine occasions and hitting double figures six times as a sophomore.
      • Had five double-doubles and scored in double figures 11 times.
      • Missed eight games after fracturing the fourth metacarpal in her shooting hand on Dec. 31.
      • Started 11 of the first 12 games of the season before being injured, worked her way back into the starting lineup for five games but then came off the bench the last eight games of the season.
      • Scored 15 points and added a career-high 14 rebounds in reserve during an 82-72 victory over No. 19/19 Texas A&M that clinched the SEC regular-season title.
      • Named the Regions Bank Player of the Game after finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Florida in UT's 82-73 win in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.
      • Earned her first SEC Player of the Week honor after recording her third double-double in four games as she scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds at Kentucky.
      • Scored 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in UT's 82-72 victory over Texas A&M, notching her fourth double-double on the year.
      • Recorded her third double-double of the season racking up 15 points and 13 rebounds against Auburn.
      • Notched her second career double-double against North Carolina as she posted 15 points and grabbed 10 boards.
      • Named the Auto Zone Player of the Game in the 71-54 victory over Georgia Tech as she recorded new career highs in points (16), field goals made (6) and 3-pointers made (3).
    2011-12 AT TENNESSEE
      • One of only four Lady Vols to play in all 36 games, getting the starting nod in three-consecutive games from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2.
      • Ranked third on team in field goal percentage at .463, connecting on 63 of 136 tries.
      • Stood fourth on the squad, first among underclassmen, with 21 blocked shots.
      • Hit double figures in scoring five times and broke into the scoring column in 27 contests.
      • Averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest in SEC play as a rookie.
      • Came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points and added three steals and two boards in 24 minutes vs. #20/21 DePaul (12/11)
      • Tied her career high with 15 points vs. LSU (1/19), connecting on five of 10 attempts in a career-best 31 minutes of duty.
      • Posted her first career double-double, tallying 14 points on five-of-six shooting and pulling down 10 rebounds in 26 minutes of action off the bench vs. Middle Tennessee (11/29).
      • Named SEC Freshman of the Week on Feb. 20 after games vs. Mississippi State (2/16) and Ole Miss (2/19).
      • Contributed 10 points on five-of-six shooting along with seven boards in the win over Mississippi State (2/16) and produced 10 points and six boards in 18 minutes off the bench at Ole Miss.
      • Saw her first action as a Lady Vol against Pepperdine (11/13), clocking 16 minutes, scoring seven points and tallying seven rebounds in 16 minutes of action against the Waves.
      • Earned her first career start at Alabama (1/26) and scored nine points and tied her high for minutes with 31.
      • Posted a 4.00 grade point average during the spring semester and was named to the 2011-12 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
      • Four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball.
      • Won gold for the USA in June at the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship in Moscow, Russia, with Sara Hammond (Louisville), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame) and Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina).
      • The USA quartet qualified for the world tourney in May by winning at the 2014 USA Basketball Women's 3x3 National Championship in Colorado Springs.
      • Her USA U19 team was named USA Basketball's Team of the Year after bringing home the gold from the 2011 World Championships in Puerto Montt, Chile.
      • Along with UT teammate Ariel Massengale, USA went 8-1 as Burdick chipped in 5.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg in 14.2 minutes of duty.
      • Also won gold medals at both the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
      • On the AAU circuit, she played for Boo Williams in 2010; Team Unique from 2007-2009; Carolina Comets in 2003 and 2004, and the Queen City Jewels in 2002, 2005 and 2006.
      • Ranked No. 3 in 2011 espnW HoopGurlz Top 100.
      • Helped her Butler teams compile an 86-7 record over three years.
      • Averaged 23.1 ppg., 15.3 rpg., 5.4 apg., 5.0 bpg. and 4.1 spg. as a senior, while shooting 61.0 percent from the field, 48.0 percent from three-point land and 85.0 percent from the free throw line in leading the Bulldogs to a 30-1 mark and the North Carolina Class 4A state quarterfinals.
      • Averaged 18.9 ppg., 10.3 rpg., 3.5 apg., 2.5 spg. and 1.6 bpg. as a junior in 2009-10 to propel Butler to the North Carolina Class 4A state title and a 26-4 record.
      • As a sophomore in 2008-09, she averaged 12.8 ppg., 11.1 rpg., 1.8 apg., 2.1 spg. and 1.4 bpg. in pacing her team to a 30-2 record.
      • She started her high school basketball career at South Mecklenburg High School (S.C.) and averaged 10.9 ppg., 7.4 rpg. and 1.4 apg. as a freshman in 2007-08.
      • McDonald's, Parade, USA Today and WBCA High School All-American (2011).
      • Parade third team and ESPN Rise All-America first team (2010).
      • Gatorade North Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year (2010, 2011).
      • Associated Press North Carolina Player of the Year (2011) and Co-Player of the Year (2010).
      • Charlotte Observer North Carolina Ms. Basketball.
      • Charlotte Observer Mecklenburg County Co-Player of the Year (2010) and All-Mecklenburg First Team (2010).
      • Charlotte Observer All-State first team (2009, 2010, 2011).
      • MVP of the North Carolina Class 4A state title game (2010), scoring 28 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
      • Full name is Cassidie Cierra Burdick.
      • Born on Sept. 30, 1993, in Charlotte, N.C.
      • Parents are Lisa Burdick and Derrick Heard.
      • Has a brother, C.J., and twin sisters, Emma and Jillian Heard.
      • Had open heart surgery (ASD repair) when she was two years old.
      • Wears uniform number 11 because she's "tall and lanky like two ones."
      • Says the most impressive person she ever met is her mom, because "she's the strongest person I know, and there isn't an obstacle she hasn't overcome."
      • Active in her community, she served as lead counselor for her school's basketball camp and volunteered with several charities, including the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.
      • Her great grandfather, Lloyd Burdick, played tackle for the NFL's Chicago Bears with Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski in 1931-32.
      • Cierra is majoring in communication studies and would like to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
      • Earned an internship with ABC's Good Morning America for summer 2014.
      • Recipient of Randall Keith Nutt Athletic Scholarship Endowment.
      • Follow @C_Burdick11 on Twitter and @c_burdick11 on Instagram.


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