Former Hoosier Helps Puerto Rican National Team Win Gold At Caribe 2007
Aug. 17, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Indiana Hoosier Cyndi Valentin netted 30 points as the Puerto Rican National Team claimed the Caribe 2007 title with a 67-43 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Aug. 16.
Valentin scored 20 of her 30 points in the first two quarters in the win. On Aug. 14, she tallied 16 points as Puerto Rico defeated Antigua, 91-43, to secure the top spot in Group B at the CentroBasket Tournament.
A 2006 graduate of IU, Valentin spent the 2007 season playing professionally for Elizur Holon in Israel where she averaged 18.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals in 18 games.
Valentin, a native of Bloomington, recently signed an eight-month contract to play for Isla de Tenerife Aguere in the Canary Islands.
The 5-8 guard ended her career at Indiana as one of most prolific free throw shooters in school history. She broke the NCAA Division I consecutive free throws made in a single season record (61) on Jan. 12, 2006 against Northwestern and tied the all-time (Division I, II, and III) record. She owns IU's career record for free throw percentage (.881), and ranks sixth among all-time leading scorers (1,769), fifth in points per game (14.9), third in three-pointers made (172), fifth in three-pointers attempted (468), tied for second in three-point percentage (.367), fourth in free throw made (403), and fifth in free throw attempts (457).
Valentin earned First Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Tournament honors as a senior. She was also a two-time Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection and earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team accolades.
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