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Cristina Ciocan
Cristina  Ciocan


Bucharest, Romania

High School:
Aurel Viacu





Has played in 89 games and started 78 during her three years at USC ... Distributed 473 career assists, sixth on USC's all-time list ... Only 123 away from becoming the school's all-time leader ... SEC Player of the Week as a sophomore ... Led the team in assists in all three seasons at South Carolina ... 33 double-figure point performances ... Five games as USC's leading scorer ... 10 games with double-figure assists and four double-double performances.

JUNIOR YEAR (2002-2003)
Started all 31 games for the Gamecocks ... Set a personal high with her 207 assists, which was the second-highest season total in South Carolina history ... Led the team in assists per game and was second in the SEC at 6.7 apg ... Sixth in the conference in steals with a career-high 74 thefts ... Second on the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game, a career best ... Scored in double figures in 22 games ... Six double-figure assist games ... Leading scorer in five games ... Career high of 23 points scored in four games ... Contributed 21 points in three other contests ... Passed season-high 13 assists vs. Louisiana-Lafayette ... Distributed 11 assists against College of Charleston ... Made a career-high nine steals in the Middle Tennessee contest ... Started both NCAA Tournament games for the Gamecocks ... Scored 18 points against Chattanooga.

SOPHOMORE YEAR (2001-2002)
Played in 30 games and started 29 for the Gamecocks ... Missed two games in December while sick with mononucleosis ... Scored in double figures in seven contests ... Passed double-figure assists in four contests ... Ranked 21st in the country in assists after spending most of the season in the top 10 ... Finished second in the SEC in assists (6.17 apg) after leading the conference most of the year ... Fourth in the SEC in assists to turnover ratio ... Seventh in the conference in steals (2.25 apg) ... Named the SEC Player of the Week in week nine for her performances in the wins over sixth-ranked Vanderbilt and at Mississippi State ... Recorded 14 assists in the victory over Vanderbilt with only one turnover ... Tied her career high of 13 points against MSU and added a career-high eight steals ... Led USC in assists for second consecutive season ... Passed 185 assists during her sophomore year, the third-highest amount in USC history ... Tied her then career high of 13 points three times during her sophomore year ... Distributed career-high and USC record 14 assists against Vanderbilt ... Nabbed eight steals at Mississippi State ... Started all four NCAA Tournament games and scored 10 points against both Duke and Drake.

Freshman Year (2000-01)
Played in 28 games and started 18 during her freshman season ... Led the team with 81 assists ... Scored in double figures in three contests ... Led the Gamecocks in scoring in the SEC Tournament game against Mississippi with her career high of 13 points ... Snagged a personal-best six rebounds twice during the season ... Eight assists against Mississippi State and versus East Tennessee State.

One of Romania's best young basketball players who was a standout on her national teams ... Helped her Young Woman's Romanian National Team to a third-place finish in the European Championships in the summer of 2000 ... Four-year letterwinner at Aurel Vlaicu High School.

Born March 23, 1982, in Satu-Mare, Romania ... Last name is pronounced Cho-CON with the accent on the last syllable ... Nicknamed "Choke" by her teammates ... Family includes mother, Viorica, who played 10 years with Romanian National team; father, Eugen; sister, Alina; and her stepfather, Bogdan ... Speaks four different languages; Romanian, Spanish, Hungarian and English ... Hopes to coach when her playing days are over ... Remembers the team's 2002 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance the most exciting sporting event she's ever participated in ... Says that most people don't know that she and her fiancee, Stefan, are engaged to be married in the fall of 2004 ... Still misses home after being in the United States for four years ... Favorite movie is "Love & Basketball ... Majoring in Spanish.


POINTS 23, 4x, last at Ole Miss, 3/2/03
MINUTES PLAYED 40, 2x, last vs Middle Tennessee State, 12/16/02/font>
FGs 9, 4x, last vs Arkansas, 2/16/03
FGs ATTEMPTED 23, vs Middle Tennessee State, 12/16/02
3FGs 5, at Ole Miss, 3/2/03
3FGs ATTEMPTED 8, 2x, last at Ole Miss, 3/2/03
FTs 6, at Ole Miss, 3/2/03
FTs ATTEMPTED 7, vs Clemson, 11/22/02
OFF. REBOUNDS 4, 2x, last vs Auburn, 2/23/03
DEF. REBOUNDS 6, 3x, last at Ole Miss, 3/2/03
REBOUNDS 9, vs Middle Tennessee State, 12/16/02
ASSISTS 14, vs Vanderbilt, 1/03/02
TURNOVERS 10, vs Georgia Southern, 12/3/02
BLOCKS 2, vs Mississippi State, 2/15/01
STEALS 9, vs Middle Tennessee State, 12/16/02



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