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GENERAL: Preseason All-MAAC Second Team selection...Team captain...Versatile player who can comfortably play either the point or the wing...Passionate and vocal leader on the court...Showed a much improved three-point game as a junior...Can take her defender off the dribble...Fearless taking the ball to the rim...Good passer...Averaged a team-high 3.5 assists per game on the team's foreign tour this summer...Enters senior season 20th all-time in program history with 234 career assists.
AS A JUNIOR: MAAC Third Team selection...Named to the MAAC All-Academic Team...Appeared in 30 games making 27 starts...Ranked third on the team in both scoring (9.5) and rebounding (4.1) while leading the squad in assists (66)...Drained 40 threes, shooting 38.1% from beyond the arc...Scored in double figures 12 times...Tied career-highs with 24 points and five three-pointers vs. Villanova (12/29/10)...Added 21 points in win at Saint Peter's (2/19/11)...Poured in 19 points on 5-for-7 shooting including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in win over Fairfield (1/10/11)...Dished out a season-high six assists in victory at Rider (2/14/11)...Sunk four or more threes four times.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in 28 games, making 24 starts...Averaged 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 30.7 minutes...Finished second on the team in assists (67) and three-pointers made (26)...Scored in double-figures three times...Poured in a career-high 24 points on 8-for-14 from the field and 4-for-6 shooting from three vs. Marist (1/18/10)...Scored 16 points at Manhattan (2/5/10)...Recorded four or more assists six times...Dished out a season-high seven assists with no turnovers in win over Iona (2/7/10)...Grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in Albany Cup victory over the Great Danes (12/5/09).
AS A FRESHMAN: Started 11 of 28 games...Averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game...Led the team with 101 assists (only freshman to lead team since Siena went Division I in 1983-84)...Scored a career high 17 points at Oakland (11/26/08)...Shot 62.3% from the free throw line...Had a season-high eight assists in three different games.
BEFORE SIENA: Started four years at guard in high school...Eighth on her school's all-time scoring list with 1,236 points...Averaged 13 ppg as a senior...Team captain as a junior and senior...Won Conference, Hudson County and Non-Public North Jersey State Championships...Named to First Team for the league, Hudson County and State Non-Public...Named to New Jersey State North All-Star Team and Essex County All-Star Team...Played for Puerto Rico Junior National Team in the 2008 FIBA Americas Women's Championship this past summer...Earned All-County First Team honors as a junior...Selected to All-County Second Team as a sophomore...As a freshman, led her team in steals and ranked second in scoring and assists.
PERSONAL: Born June 21, 1990...Daughter of Ed and Olga Centeno...Has an older brother, Eric, who attends New Jersey City University...Aspires to be a college basketball coach after graduation...Also recruited by La Salle, Manhattan, Northeastern, Saint Francis, Seton Hall, and Temple.
GETTING TO KNOW CRISTINA CENTENO
One thing I wish people knew about me, but don't is: I love R&B music
My favorite TV show is: Friends
My favorite TV show growing up was: Saved by the Bell
The best thing I did this summer was: Go to Denmark and Italy with the team
If I could meet anyone it would be: My Uncle Peter
My favorite artist/musical group: Trey Songz
If I could be on a reality TV show, it would be: Cutthroat: The Challenges
Why? The competitions look fun and challenging
Favorite Athletes: Becky Hammon and Rajon Rondo
The thing I like most about Siena is: The friendly people
Best thing about Siena Basketball: Everyone's passion for the game
My superstitions are: Praying during the national anthem
My favorite professional sports teams are: New York Giants and New York Yankees
Other Sports I like to follow at Siena are: Soccer, Volleyball and Lacrosse
My proudest sports moment has been: Winning the County and State Championship my senior year in high school
My favorite class at Siena is: Business Law
My favorite spot on campus is: Saga
If I didn't play basketball, I would: Be sad
Coach Castelli's Best Attributes are: Loyal, Hard working, Caring
My favorite website is:SienaSaints.com
Three words that describe me: Funny, Passionate, Loyal
My best Siena Basketball moment has been: Winning the Albany Cup at the Times Union Center
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to: Fiji
My favorite book: Pretty Little Liars
My favorite movie: A Knight's Tale
My favorite food: My mom's rice and beans with chicken cutlets
If I had $10 million I would: Give $1 million to my church and take care of my family
Points: 24 (twice)
FG: 9 vs.Villanova (12/29/10)
FGA: 19 vs.Villanova (12/29/10)
3FG: 5 vs.Villanova (12/29/10)
3FGA: 10 vs.Villanova (12/29/10)
Rebounds: 11 vs. UAlbany (12/5/09)
Blocks: 2 (twice)
Assists: 8 (three times)
Steals: 4 vs. Niagara (2/6/11)
Minutes: 43 vs. Fairfield (3/6/09)
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