2005-06 (Senior Year)
Converted power forward will likely see most of her action as a small forward in 2005-06 ... Is the only player on the Carolina roster with NCAA Tournament experience, as she was a freshman on the 2002-03 Gamecock squad that went 23-8.
2004-05 (Junior Year)
Earned a spot on the SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll ... Starter in 12 games ... Turned in a solid effort in the Gamecocks' SEC opener against Mississippi State, scoring six points, grabbing a season-high 10 rebounds, dishing out four assists, blocking two shots and recording two steals ... Matched a season-high with 10 rebounds against Ole Miss in the first round of the SEC Tournament, scoring eight points and blocking two shots that games as well ... Logged a season-high 35 minutes against Florida, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds ... Was also productive against Florida A&M, as she scored seven points, grabbed nine rebounds (four offensive) and distributed two assists ... Distributed four assists against Jacksonville and S.C. State.
2003-04 (Sophomore Year)
Earned a spot on the SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll ... Battled through several injuries to see action in all 28 games, registering 25 starts ... Averaged 8.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game ... Not afraid to shoot the three, knocking down 11-of-30 attempts from deep (.367 pct.) ... Endured stress fractures in both legs and sustained a sprained shoulder against Vanderbilt late in the season ... Turned in 11 double-figure scoring outings, including a 29-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist performance against Stetson ... Scored 20 points and hauled in 14 rebounds in the season opener against Clemson ... Posted four double-doubles on the year.
2002-03 (Freshman Year)
Saw action in 20 games during her first season at South Carolina and started at Ole Miss in place of injured Jocelyn Penn ... Came to the United States in November but was required by the NCAA to wait until the end of the fall semester to enroll at South Carolina ... Made her debut with the Gamecock women's basketball team on Dec. 18th against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Played 19 minutes, scored five points, pulled six boards and passed one assist ... Scored 10 points at Mississippi ... Contributed eight points at Georgia and versus Kentucky ... Nabbed six boards at Georgia and against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Passed four assists against the Ole Miss Rebels in the regular season SEC finale ... Blocked a shot in six games ... Grabbed a steal in seven contests ... Played a career-high 34 minutes at Mississippi.
A member of the Russian Junior National Team since 2000 ... Traveled with the team to Turkey and Moscow over the summer ... In the Challenge Round of the 2001 European Championships for Cadets, led her Russian team to a second-place finish as she scored 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in the five games ... In the final round, played in eight games and averaged 9.9 points and 6.1 rebounds as the Russian team lost by two points in the championship game ... Helped her Russian Junior Women's team to a second-place finish in the 2002 European Championships where they lost to the eventual champion France by two points ... Career highs include a 49-point performance and a 20-rebound effort ... Graduated from High School #93 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Born Feb. 10, 1985, in St. Petersburg, Russia ... Family includes parents, Michael and Larisa, and older sister Julia ... Both parents played basketball during their youth ... Inherits her height from her father who is 6-6 ... Began playing ball at the age of seven ... Very gregarious, outgoing person with friends always around ... Still misses her home of St. Petersburg because it is very large and a beautiful city ... Enjoys watching television ... Favorite movies are "Love and Basketball" and "Save the Last Dance" and her favorite actor is Johnny Depp ... Started playing basketball at the age of seven ... Favorite athlete is Chris Webber ... Spends time looking at www.yahoo.com and sending email when she's online ... Favorite color is dark blue ... Would love to visit Las Vegas while she is here ... Away from the court and the classroom, likes to spend her free time hanging out with her teammates, listening to music and basking in the sun ... Favorite singer is Usher ... Majoring in SPTE.
GRITSAEVAS CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR G-GS MIN FG-FGA FG% 3FG-3FGA FG% FT-FTA FT% OFF-DEF-TR PF-D A TO B S PTS/AVG. 02-03 20-1 230 19-49 .388 1-6 .167 23-45 .511 25-27-52 25-0 16 9 6 7 62/3.1 03-04 28-25 686 92-199 .462 11-30 .367 48-98 .490 57-106-163 60-0 46 64 4 24 243/8.7 04-05 29-12 549 25-105 .238 12-61 .197 25-42 .595 33-70-103 28-0 41 45 11 14 87/3.0 05-06 26-0 281 20-59 .339 7-32 .219 3-7 .429 16-23-39 15-0 19 17 10 13 50/1.9
CAREER 103-38 1746 156-412 .379 31-129 .240 109-192 .568 131-226-357 128-0 122 135 31 58 442/4.3
GRITSAEVA CAREER HIGHS
|POINTS||29, at Stetson, 12/2/03|
|MINUTES PLAYED||40, at Clemson, 11/21/03|
|REBOUNDS||14, at Clemson, 11/21/03|
|ASSISTS||7, at Stetson, 12/2/03|
|STEALS||3, 2x, last at College of Charleston, 1/28/04|
|BLOCKS||3 vs. Bethune-Cookman, 12/21/05|