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GENERAL: Tri-captain...One of the greatest players in school history...A dynamic playmaker who has the potential to play professionally...Dominating once-in-a-generation force who can take over a game and carry her team to victory...Capable of scoring and playing capably both in the paint and beyond the three-point arc...Virtually impossible to guard due to her versatility...Can put the ball on the floor, post up as well as step outside and consistently hit the three-point shot...Plays with maximum heart and energy...An aggressive player who is an excellent rebounder.
AS A JUNIOR: District II Kodak All-American...Became third player to be named MAAC Player of the Year twice...Started all 30 games at forward...Named MAAC Player of the Week six times in 14 weeks...Posted 18 double-doubles, giving her 35 in her career...Had streaks of six and five straight double-doubles...Despite playing often in the post, was the teamís top three-point shooter (.394) and also the teamís best free throw shooter (.832)...Does a little of everything--17 games with three or more steals, 11 games with four or more assists, eight games with three or more blocks... Scored in double figures in every game but one, including 12 games with 20 or more points...Only third player in school history with 1300 points and 700 rebounds...Has risen into top-10 all-time in scoring and top-5 in rebounding...Ranked among conference leaders in seven different statistical categories...Narrowly missed triple-double against Albany (11/27/01) with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 9 steals...Scored 22 of her 26 points in the second half to lead Siena past Rider (1/25/02)...Filled statsheet with 30 points, 16 rebounds, four steals, three assists and three blocks against Canisius (1/11/02)...Posted 27 points and 17 rebounds twice, once against St. Bonaventure (12/11/01) and once versus Manhattan (2/18/02).
AS A SOPHOMORE: MAAC Player of the Year...First sophomore ever to be named MAAC Player of the Year...First-Team All-MAAC...Started all 30 games at forward ...Already among top 25 scorers in school history...492 points among top 15 single-season totals ever...292 rebounds third-most in school history ...Among top 25 players nationally in rebounding...Led MAAC in rebounding, also ranked among league leaders in points, FG%, and steals...Led team in scoring, rebounding, and steals...Led league in double-doubles (14)... Recorded six consecutive double-doubles in mid-January...11 double-doubles in last 17 games...Scored in double figures in 21 games...23 rebounds vs. Iona were fifth-most in a single game in Division I ...34-point outburst against Niagara (12/10/00) was the sixth-highest single-game total in school history...Dominated with 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals against Rider (1/13/01) ...Led Siena to victory over Fairfield (2/2/01) with 13 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and six steals... MAAC Player of the Week (12/11, 1/15) ...St. Maryís Christmas Classic All-Tournament Team.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 28 games, getting the starting nod 19 times...Third on the team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.7 rpg)... Scored in double figures 16 times... Named MAAC Rookie of the Week (1/10/00) after scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 boards against Manhattan (1/5/00).
HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL: Born on April 27, 1980...The daughter of Andris and Parsla Basko...Four-year member of the Latvian National Team ...Played for RTU-Klondaika club team, where she averaged over 25 points per game.