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  Maria Villarroel
Maria Villarroel
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Margarita, Venezuela

Last College:
Northeastern Okla. A&M

Height:
5-8

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
12/03/1978

Experience:
2003-04

Had a great deal of confidence and experience at the guard position ... was a difference maker with her uncanny ability to get to the rim and finish ... was clever at attacking the basket and finishing in traffic ... an intense competitor who made great strides in her game while at OU ... was an extremely quick player who had the ability to take defenders off the dribble. Sooner Honors * Was an All-Big 12 second teamer, 2004 * Named to the All-Big 12 Tournament team, 2004 * Voted to the Dallas Morning News All-Speed team, 2004 * State Farm Insurance Player of the Game vs. Kansas State on March 11, 2004 * Ranked 14th in the NCAA for best field goal percentage (57.6%), 2003 * Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow All-Tournament team, 2003 * Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Dec. 5, 2002 Career At Oklahoma A two-year letterwinner who started 61-of-65 career games for the Sooners ... holds the school record for most points per game of a two-year players ... scored 952 points in 65 games for 14.6 ppg ... set or matched Lloyd Noble Center records for best field goal (100%, 9-of-9 vs. Texas A&M [Jan. 18, 2003]), three-point field goal (100%, 2-of-2 vs. Stephen F. Austin [Dec. 5, 2002]) and free throw percentages (100%, 11-of-11 vs. Missouri on Feb. 26, 2003) ... is just one of six OU players to score at least 30 points in three or more games ... ranks seventh on OU's career list for points per game (14.6), eighth for best free throw percentage (.735), 10th most blocked shots (40) and 13th for most free throws made (238) and minutes played per game (28.7) ... also appears on OU's single season charts in four different categories including twice for made and attempted free throws as well as offensive rebounds. Spring -- 2004 Was selected as the 27th overall WNBA draft pick by the Phoenix Mercury, then later traded to the Houston Comets ... became the fifth Oklahoma women's basketball player to be selected in the WNBA Draft. AS A Senior -- 2003-04 Named to the All-Big 12 second team ... named to the Dallas Morning News All-Speed team ... ranked seventh in field goal percentage and ninth in scoring in the Big 12 ... led the team in scoring (14.3 ppg), field goals made (5.1), ranked second in field goal percentage (.527) and tied for second in attempts (9.7) per game ... led in the team in rebounding with 8.0 boards and ranked third in scoring with 10.0 points per outing in NCAA play ... grabbed a career-high 11 defensive rebounds in OU's opening NCAA game vs. Marist (M20) ... one of three Sooners to average double digits in NCAA scoring ... named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team after averaging a double double of 16 points and 10.3 rebounds per game ... across the four-game span, shot 50 percent from the field (23-46), 40 percent from the arc (4-10) and 73.7 percent from the foul line (14-19) ... scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half - 15 of OU's 17 points during a spurt that stretched the lead to 20 (61-41) in the championship game vs. top seed and second-ranked Texas (M13), after being sattled with three fouls in the first half ... also had eight rebounds (five offensive, three on the same possion) and shot 57.1 percent from the field ... named the State Farm Insurance Player of the Game vs. Kansas State (M11) ... led OU across the board against second seed and eighth-ranked Kansas State (M11) in the semifinals ... produced 23 points (third most of the season), grabbed 12 rebounds, had three assists and two steals plus shot 50 percent from the field (8-16), 60 percent from the arc (3-5) and nailed all four attempted foul shots... also matched a then-career-best 10 defensive boards and hit three 3s ... grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds against third seed and 13th-ranked ... Colorado (M10) in the quarterfinals... also collected a then-personal-best 10 defensive boards ... had her second best performance at the free throw line of the season, hitting 7-of-9 shots, in the first round game against Texas A&M (M9) ... was the only guard in Big 12 Tournament play that averaged double digits in rebounds (10.2 ppg) ... one of six players to produced a double-double in tournament play ... averaged 34 minutes per game... played complete games against K-State and Colorado (M10) ... finished the tournament ranked second in rebounding (10.2), fifth in scoring (16) and threes made per game (1.0) plus 10th in field goal percentage (50.0), of players playing in more than one game ... set career and season highs in numerous categories vs. Colorado (F18) such as a personal-best four 3s and a season-high 28 points ... also set season-best in offensive rebounds (5), assists (5) and field goals made (11) ... had a career-high four blocks against Texas Tech (F10) ... earned second career double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds against Texas A&M (F7) ... scored in double digits 24 times, including 20-plus points in eight games ... shot 50 percent or better from the field in 23 games ... received OU's best rebounder and nail awards the team banquet ... was a finalist for the the 2003 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award. Summer -- 2003 Named the most valuable player of the South America Tournament in Ecuador ... averaged 23 points per game for the Venezuela National Team ... is an eight-time national team member ... canned a tournament-high 20 three pointers, nine against Cuba in the consolation game, and was the tournament's leading scorer. As A Junior -- 2002-2003 Ended the season ranked 14th in the NCAA for best field goal percentage (57.6%) ... became the 16th player in OU women's basketball history to score 30-plus points in a single game (31 twice) ... averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game ... also shot 71.0 percent from the free throw line ... named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the week of Dec. 5 ... averaged 13.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in Big 12 games ... also shot 51.5 percent from the field and 79.8 percent from the foul line ... averaged 9.5 field goals per outing ... scored in double figures in 22 games, including 18+ points 12 times ... was the team leader in scoring 15 times, top rebounder five times and steals leader eight times ... named to the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow All-Tournament team after averaging 24.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, while shooting 70.7 percent (29-of-41) from the field and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the foul line against Fordham, North Carolina and Connecticut ... was one of four OU players who averaged 10-plus points in the Big 12 Tournament (12.5 ppg) ... also grabbed 3.5 rebounds per game and shot 50 percent from the field (10-of-20) and 71.4 percent from the foul line (5-of-7) in first league tournament action ... scored 30-plus points on three different occasions, including a career-high 31 points twice ... first time occured against Sam Houston State (N26), then against Missouri (F26) ... netted 30 points vs. Fordham (N29) and 27 against Connecticut (D1) and Stephen F. Austin (D5). Prior to Oklahoma Two-time National Junior College All-American " two-time conference player of the year " was voted the freshman of the year at Independence Community College in 2001 " led the National Junior College Athletic Association in scoring (24.4 ppg) and field goal percentage (73.4%) as a sophomore at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M " also ranked ninth in the NJCAA in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 44.6% (29-of-65), and steals, pocketing 3.6 per game and 102 total ... guided team to a No. 1 final ranking in 2002 with an overall record of 30-1 ... only loss occurred in the NJCAA National Championship game to Seward County Community College (87-80) ... averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 steals per game at NEO " also shot 75 percent from the free throw line, 44.6 percent (29-of-65) from the three-point line and 72 percent (245-of-334) from the field " was coached by B.J. Smith, who's now the head coach at Southeast Missouri State " contributed 22.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.1 steals per game at ICC in 2001 " also shot 79.1 percentage from the free throw line .. coached by Keitha Green at ICC " lettered in basketball at both institutions " led teams to a two-year record of 69-3. Personal Full name is Ofelia Maria Villarroel Caraballo " born on Dec. 3, 1978, in Porlamar, Margarita, Venezuela " daughter of Salomon Jose' Villarroel and Ofelia Caraballo de Villarroel " has two siblings, Jose and Angel " was majoring in communications ... participated in track while in high school " was a repeat champion in distance races " chose Oklahoma over Baylor, Texas, Kansas State, South Carolina and Tulsa. Villarroel's Career Highs Points 31 twice, last vs. Missouri (2/26/03) Rebounds 14 vs. Colorado (3-10-04) Offensive Rebounds 8 vs. Texas A&M (2/5/03) Defensive Rebounds 11 vs. Marist (3-20-04) Field Goals Made 13 twice, last vs. Fordham (11/29/02) Field Goals Attempted 18 vs. Fordham (11/29/02) 3-pt. Field Goals Made 3 vs. George Washington (3/23/03) 3-pt. Field Goals Attempted 5 vs. George Washington (3/23/03) Free Throws Made 4 vs. Colorado (2-18-04) Free Throws Attempted 7 vs. Colorado (2-18-04) Assists 6 vs. Texas A&M (1/18/03) Steals 5 vs. Texas A&M (2-7-04) Minutes Played 41 at Texas A&M (1-14-04) Villarroel's Career Statistics Year GP-GS Min. Avg. FG-FGA Pct. 3P-3PA Pct. FT-FTA Pct. OR DR TReb. Avg. PF AT TO BK ST Pts. Avg. 2002-03 32-29 936-29.3 175-304 .576 10-37 .270 120-169 .710 75 86 161 5.0 58 61 103 21 56 480 15.0 2003-04 33-32 927-28.1 168-319 .527 18-52 .346 118-155 .761 76 135 211 6.4 62 54 86 19 52 472 14.3 Totals 65-61 1863-28.7 343-623 .551 28-89 .315 238-324 .735 151 221 372 5.7 120 115 189 40 108 952 14.6

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