Cierra Dillard

  • Height: 5' 9"

  • Position: Combo Guard (1)

  • Nationality: American

  • College: Buffalo

Cierra Dillard Scouting Report

Cierra Dillard is a dynamic scorer and leader that is well adept at carrying the load for her team. An elite ball-handler, Cierra is virtually un-guardable 1v1. Her consistency from the 3-point line adds to her position versatility. Cierra is very strong, allowing her to defend players from positions 1-3. She is a great help defender, with elite instincts, leading to 2-3 steals per game.

Profile
2021-2022: HDI Sigorta Yalova (Turkey – Starting five) – 25.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 5.8 agp, 2.9 spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 81.4%
2020-21: Honka (Finland– D1 – Starting five) – 17.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.8 spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 77.5%

Awards Accolades:
Second round draft pick of the Minnesota Lynx (#20 overall)
2019 First Team All-MAC
2019 Mac Tournament MVP
2018 Second Team All-MAC

2018-19:  Appeared and started in all 34 games for the Bulls... Averaged 36.6 minutes, a team-best 25.2 points, a team-high 5.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals while making a team-best 105 three pointers on the year… Named First Team All-MAC… Named MAC Tournament MVP after averaging 24.7 points, 5.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds over three games in Cleveland… Averaged 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals across two NCAA Tournament games… Named MAC East Player of the Week a program-record six times… Shot 37.1% from the floor, 32.4% from behind the arc and 79.7% from the free throw line on the year… Scored in double figures in all 34 games while going over the 20-point plateau a team-best 30 times… Set a program record with 43 points against Eastern Michigan (1/9)… Became the fastest player in UB history to get to 1,000 career points, doing so in just 53 games… Scored her 2,000th career point in the fourth quarter of a 30-point win at Ohio (2/27)… Set the Bulls single-season program record for points (856), scoring average (25.2), field goals attempted (671), three point field goals made (105), three point field goals attempted (308), free throws made and attempted (233-of-287) and minutes played (1,244)… The single-season points and free throws made were also MAC single-season records… Finished her Buffalo career with 1,422 career points, moving her into fifth place on the all-time scoring list… Dillard landed on numerous watch lists including the Wade Trophy for the best player in women''s basketball, the Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List, the Dawn Staley Award for the country''s top guard and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award honoring the nation''s top shooting guard…. Named ESPNW’s Player of the Week in mid-January.

2017-18: Appeared and started in all 35 games for the Bulls during her first season with the team after sitting out a season... named second-team All-MAC... earned MAC All-Tournament team honors after averaging 19.7 points, 6.7 assists, 5.0 steals and 4.7 rebounds during the three-game tournament... averaged 31.5 minutes, a team-best 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 steals while making a team-best 85 three pointers on the year... earned All-Albany Regional honors after averaging 29.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.3 steals while shooting 49.1% from the floor across three NCAA Tournament games... named MAC East Player of the Week three times and UB Athlete of the Week six times... shot 39.6% from the floor, 34.5% from behind the arc and 81.3% from the charity stripe on the year... scored in double figures 27 times while going over the 20-point plateau a team-best 11 times as UB went 8-3 in those games... finished the season with the Bulls single season program record for steals with 105... scored a career-high 36 points, including seven three-pointers in the Bulls first-round win over USF (3/17)... had a huge game in the Bulls Sweet 16 game loss to South Carolina (3/24) as she netted 29 points, six steals, six assists and three rebounds while connecting on four three pointers... added 22 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in UB''s second-round game against Florida State (3/19)...  scored her 1,000th career point in a road win over Ball State (1/13)... recorded 30 points, seven steals, five rebounds and four assists across 34 minutes on 9-for-14 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the free throw line in UB''s win over Toledo (1/20)...  collected her second career double-double in the MAC Championship game against Central Michigan (3/10) with 26 points, 10 assists and four steals... closed out the win over Nebraska with 25 points, six steals, three assists and three rebounds while draining a career-best five three pointers across 36 minutes... recorded her first career double-double in a win at St. Bonaventure (12/15) as she netted 14 points, a career-high 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals... went for 17 points, six assists, six steals and three rebounds in the MAC semifinal victory over Western Michigan (3/9)... recorded 16 points, a career-high nine rebounds, five steals and four assists in the MAC quarterfinal win over Kent State (3/7)... finished off a win over Akron (2/17) with 13 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals... started her UB career with 17 points, six assists and six steals in a win over Delaware (11/10)... made at least four three pointers nine times... recorded at least one assist in all 35 games while notching at least three helpers in 32 of 35 games... recorded at least one steal in 33 of 35 games... earned academic All-MAC honors for the first time in her UB career.

2016-17: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.

2015-16 (at UMass): Started 21 of the 30 games she played in while averaging a 30.3 minutes per game... Led the team in scoring 15.5 points per game... Led the team in steals with 60 steals (2.0 per game)... Finished second on the team with 2.7 assists per game... Contributed 3.3 rebounds per game... Finished 163-for-390 on field goals (41.8 percent)... Shot 48-for-146 on three-pointer attempts (32.9 percent) and 90-for-135 on free throws (66.7 percent)... netted a career-high 27 points on 9-for-22 from the floor and six rebounds against Richmond (1/16)... scored 21 points to go along with a career-high seven assists and five rebounds in the UMass win over Holy Cross (11/15)... sank a career-high five three-pointers and finished with 20 points against Central Connecticut (12/12)... scored 25 points on 9-for-17 from the floor against Dayton (2/17)... Reached double-digits scoring in 22 games and eclipsed the 20-point mark ten times... scored in double figures in 15 straight games to close the season including six games with 20+ points... Finished sixth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring (15.5) and fourth in the conference in steal (2.0).

2014-15 (at UMass): Was second among Minutewomen with 10.6 points per game and added 3.1 rebounds with 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game ... Finished 100-for-280 on field goals (35.7 percent), including 35-of-108 on three-pointer attempts (32.4 percent) ... Hit 84 of her 120 free throw attempts (70.0 percent) ... Played an average of 28.8 minutes per game, the second-most on the squad ... Scored in double-figures on 15 occasions, including a trio of performances with at least 20 points ... Upped her scoring average to 11.3 points per game during Atlantic 10 Conference games, the 23rd-best scoring mark during league play ... Ranked tied for 23rd in the Atlantic 10 in scoring average (10.6), the third-highest mark by a freshman ... Made her collegiate debut with seven points and two rebounds in 16 minutes at Western Michigan (11/14) ... Went for a then-personal best and team-high 16 points to go with four rebounds, two steals and an assist in the near-upset of Mid-American Conference preseason favorite Central Michigan (11/16)... Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (12/15) ... UMass Co-Athlete of the Week (12/15) ... Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (1/12) ... Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week (3/2)

High School: Top scorer in Gates Chili High School history ... One of only 20 girls in New York State Section V girls basketball history with more than 2,000 points scored ... A three-star recruit with a grade of 90 according to ESPN ... Nominated for the 2014 McDonalds All-American Game alongside current UMass teammate Ciara Rosten ... 2012 honorable mention All-America selection and three-time All-New York choice ... Four-time recipient of first team all-county ... Was named Second Team All-Greater Rochester in eighth grade before taking in First Team All-Greater Rochester as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior ... Two-time regional champion and state finalist with Gates Chili High School ... Section V MVP and two-time Section V Champion ... Was an honor roll student as well.