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Lea Fabbri
Lea Fabbri

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Zagreb, Croatia

Height:
5-7

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
01/14/1985

Experience:
3VL

Senior Year (2006-07)
Set a new career high with 11 assists against North Carolina A&T ... Her 11 assists in that game stand as the fifth-highest single-game assist total in school history ... Matched a career high with four steals in the Gamecocks' 80-48 win over in-state rival Clemson ... Set a season high with 13 points against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Matched a career high with four three-pointers against the Ragin' Cajuns ... Dished out nine assists in Carolina's 81-40 pounding of Hartford in the second round of the Women's NIT, grabbing a season-high four rebounds in that contest as well ... Scored eight points and dished out six assists against Winthrop ... Sprained her right ankle in Carolina's win over Alabama, missing games against Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida and Kentucky after sustaining her injury ... Returned for the Gamecocks' trip to Tennessee ... Led the team with six assists at Vanderbilt.

Junior Year (2005-06)
Earned a spot on the SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll ... Matched a career high with 15 points against Georgia, draining a trio of three-pointers against the Lady Bulldogs, then came back to score 12 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting day from the field in Carolina's win over Arkansas ... Scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed a career-best six rebounds in Carolina's win at Auburn ... Had a big day in the Gamecocks upset win over No. 14 Minnesota, scoring 12 points and dishing out three assists ... Pushed the tempo in the win over the Gophers, helping the Gamecocks to an 18-4 advantage in fast break points in that contest ... Distributed a season-high eight assists in only 18 minutes of action in the Gamecocks' rout of Longwood ... Had seven assists against both Kentucky and Bethune-Cookman ... Scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists and had two steals against Savannah State ... Scored five points against Texas in the first round of the Junkanoo Jam ... Made three steals in Carolina's win over Winthrop ... Injured her left shoulder in practice leading up to the Gamecocks' WNIT game at Xavier, and played injured a limited number of minutes against the Musketeers.

Sophomore Year (2004-05)
Earned a spot on the SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll ... Starter at point guard in 18 games had a breakthrough performance against Clemson on Dec.3, setting career highs with 15 points and 10 assists ... Her 10 assists against Clemson made her the 15th player in school history to dish out 10 or more assists in a game ... Team leader in assists with 72 ... Scored 13 points and dished out five assists against Tennessee on Jan. 27 ... Established career highs in every statistical category against as a sophomore ... Returned to score 11 points in Carolina's win over Alabama in only her second game back.

Summer, 2004
Competed alongside Gamecock teammate Iva Sliskovic for Croatia at the FIBA European Championships for Under-20 Women, averaging 8.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as the team's starting point guard ... Fabbri played all 40 minutes in wins over both Hungary and Belgium ... Scored 17 points against France and added 10 points against both Belgium and the Ukraine ... Dished out eight assists against Hungary.

Freshman Year (2003-04)
Came off the bench to see action in 24 contests, averaging 2.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 9.0 minutes per game ... Her six points scored at Tennessee marked a season high ... Dished out a season-high four assists against Appalachian State.

International/High School
Over the summer of 2003, led her Croatian team to a fourth-place finish in the World Championships with eight wins and four losses ... Averaged 13 points, six assists, three steals and two rebounds per game ... Scored 16 points against the United States team in what she considered her best game all year ... In July 2003, helped her Young Women's Team qualify for the European Championships by capturing second place ... Named MVP of the tournament with average of 15 points per game ... At 17, she was the youngest member of the predominantly 21 years old and up division ... Joined her first Croatian National Team at the age of 13 (1998) when she became a member of the Croatian Younger Cadets Squad ... Moved up to the Cadets' team in July of 2000 when they won third place in the European Championships in Bulgaria ... Their third-place finish was Croatia's first medal in the European Championships ... By averaging 18 points, 5.1 assists and 2.8 assists in the 12 games, Fabbri was named to the All-Star Team and as the tournament's best point guard ... Graduated from Krizaniceva Gimnazija High School in New Zagreb, Croatia ... Led her team to its first championship in her senior year.

Personal
Born Jan. 14, 1985, in New Zagreb, Croatia ... Family includes parents Fabio and Dubravka Fabbri; and older sister Daniela ... Her father was a professional basketball player in Europe and got her started in the game at the age of 13 ... Her mother also played basketball in school ... Her other basketball role models include Michael Jordan and Korie Hlede ... Big fan of the Chicago Bulls from the Jordan days ... Speaks three languages; Croatian, English and French ... Would like to learn Italian since her father is from Italy ... Has been surprised by how friendly people are in the United States ... Hobbies off the court include singing, dancing, skiing, tennis and any kind of sports activity ... Favorite movies include "Love and Basketball", "Honey" and "Save the Last Dance" ... Would like to visit New York City while she is in the United States ... Selected pink and baby blue as her preferred colors ... Says that pasta is her favorite food and chose lemon ice cream as her favorite dessert ... Pays attention to www.FIBA.com to keep up on international basketball ... Majoring in economics with a minor in math ... Would like to continue playing basketball after college in the WNBA or on a good European club team.

Fabbri's Career Stats
Points Per Game..... 3.8
Rebounds Per Game..... 1.3
Assists Per Game..... 2.3
Steals Per Game..... 0.7
Field Goal Pct...... .321
Three-Point Pct...... .289
Free Throw Pct...... .759

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