Kristi Cirone
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Kristi Cirone

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Resurrection

Height:
5-8

Position:
G

Birthdate:
05/19/1987

Experience:
4L

SeniorYear (2008-09): 2009 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year ... the second player in conference history to win the award three-consecutive years (Jackie Stiles 1999-2001) ... All-Valley First-Team selection, sixth player in conference history to be named all-conference all four years of her career ... MVC All-Defensive Team selection, 10th player in conference history to be honored three-consecutive years ... MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Team selection ... Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American ... State Farm Coaches' Honorable Mention All-American ... Nancy Lieberman Award finalist ... CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-Academic District V First-Team honoree ... Preseason All-Valley selection ... the only player to start all 35 games ... team captain ... led the Redbirds in scoring (18.8), field goals made (225) and attempted (483), three-point field goals made (66), attempted (167) and percentage (.395), free throws made (141) and attempted (185), assists (203), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.57) and steals (79) ... led the Redbirds in scoring 21 times, which was tied for the most since 1980-81 ... scored in double-figures in 31 games, including 18 with at least 20 points ... led the team in assists 30 times and steals 25 times ... recorded at least five assists 23 times and three steals 14 times ... won her first MVC scoring title with an 18.7 points per game average in the regular season ... ranked in the top-five in seven different categories in the conference ... ranked second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, 15th in assists per game (5.8), 27th in scoring and 86th in field goal percentage (.466) and steals per game (2.3) ... five-time MVC Player of the Week (12/29, 1/5, 1/26, 2/2, 3/2) ... five-time Prairie Farms/MVC Player of the Week (12/4, 12/30, 1/7, 1/28, 2/2) ... scored in double-figures in 17-straight games from 12/15 to 2/19, including 11 20-point performances ... eclipsed 20 points in six-straight games from 12/15 to 1/3, which was tied for the longest streak in school history ... scored a career-high 35 points, the highest total in the Valley in 08-09, on 12-of-15 shooting and handed out eight assists against Robert Morris (11/22) ... dished out six assists against Evansville (1/22) to surpass Denise Norton (583) for the Illinois State all-time lead ... recorded a double-double with 25 points and 12 assists, which tied her career-high, at Bradley (1/30) ... her first three-pointer at Northern Iowa (2/1) moved her past Jenny Schmidt (205) for the Illinois State all-time lead ... registered a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists against Wichita State (2/14) ... recorded her second-career 30-point game with 34 against Bradley (2/6), tying her career-high with 12 field goals, including a career-best six three-pointers ... scored 28 points against Northern Iowa (3/1) to surpass Cathy Boswell (2,005) as Illinois State's all-time leading scorer ... scored 13 points in the first half to tie Boswell and become just the second ISU player to eclipse 2,000 points and broke the record with a jumper at the 18:44 mark of the second half ... named to the WNIT All-Tournament team, averaged 19.8 points and 4.5 assists per game in the tournament ... shot 32-36 (.889) from the free throw line, including a 13-for-13 performance against Marquette (3/26) ... scored 22 points against Louisiana Tech (3/24) to move past Karri Koch for third on the Valley's all-time scoring list ... scored 24 points against Kansas in the WNIT Semifinals (4/1) ... ISU single-season rankings: No. 1 in points and assists; No. 2 in three-point field goals made; No. 3 in three-point field goals attempted, free throws made and free throws attempted; No. 4 in field goals attempted; No. 6 in scoring average, field goals made and assists average; No. 9 in steals; No. 13 in three-point field goal percentage; No. 19 in steals average ... 08-09 Valley rankings: No. 1 in scoring, three-point field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio; No. 3 in assists; No. 4 in three-point field goals made and steals; No. 5 in field goal percentage.

Junior Year (2007-08): 2008 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year ... only the fourth player in the history of the conference to win the award in back-to-back years, joining Drake's Wanda Ford (1985-86), Missouri State's Jackie Stiles (1999-2001) and Creighton's Christy Neneman (2002-03) ... an All-Valley First-Team, All-Defensive Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Team selection ... Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American ... WBCA/State Farm Honorable Mention All-American ... 2008 Jill Hutchison ISU Female Athlete of the Year ... final nominee for the Nancy Lieberman Award ... CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-Academic District V Second Team honoree ... started all 33 games ... team captain ... led the Redbirds in scoring, field goals made and attempted, three-point field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio, steals and minutes ... led the `Birds in scoring 14 times and assists and steals 20 times ... scored in double-figures in 29 games, including 10 games with 20 points ... recorded at least five assists 18 times, including two double-digit games ... led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.87) ... also ranked 31st in assists per game (5.2); 74th in scoring; 85th in field goal percentage; 94th in free throw percentage and 134th in three-point field goals per game (1.9) in NCAA Division I ... three-time MVC Player of the Week (1/8, 1/15, 2/25) ... four-time Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (1/10, 1/17, 2/26, 3/19) ... Best Western Roundball Classic All-Tournament Team selection after averaging 12.5 points and 8.0 assists per game in the tournament ... scored 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including 5-of-9 from three-point range, against DePaul (11/25) ... made a jump shot at the halftime buzzer to become the 23rd player in ISU history to score 1,000 points ... dished out 11 assists against just one turnover against Loyola (11/29) ... tied her career-high with seven rebounds to go along with 12 points and seven assists against Western Illinois (12/19) ... scored 20 points in the first three Valley games of the season, the second time in her career she scored 20 in three-consecutive games ... scored a season-high 27 points, including a 10-for-11 performance from the free throw line, against Southern Illinois (1/5) ... tied her career-high with eight steals against Wichita State (1/27) ... tied her career-high with 12 assists and had only one turnover against Indiana State (2/15) ... scored 10 points in the first six minutes against Missouri State (2/24) to move into the top-10 in career scoring at ISU ... was held without an assist for the first time in her career against Drake (3/2) ... State Farm MVC Tournament MVP ... tied her season-high with 27 points, including 18 in the second half, against Southern Illinois in the quarterfinals (3/14) ... scored a game-high 20 points in the championship game against Drake (3/16) ... her first two free throws in that game made her ISU's all-time leader in the category, moving past Katie Donovan (362) ... scored 22 points and had four assists in the NCAA Tournament First Round against Oklahoma (3/23) ... ISU single-season ranks: No.4 in three-point field goals made; No.6 in scoring; No.8 in assists, free throws made andsteals; No. 12 in three-point field goal percentage; No. 13 in free throw percentage; No. 14 in field goals made; No. 14 in scoring average ... 07-08 Valley ranks: No. 1 in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio; No. 2 in scoring and steals; No. 4 in three-point field goal percentage; No. 5 in field goal percentage; No. 11 in free throw percentage.

Sophomore Year (2006-07): 2007 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year ... All-Valley First-Team, All-Defensive Team and All-MVC Scholar-Athlete Second-Team selection ... started all 33 games ... led Illinois State in scoring, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, assists, steals and minutes played ... `Birds' leading scorer in 18 games ... recorded 29 double-digit scoring efforts, including 13 outings with 20 or more points ... led the Valley in scoring (19.3 ppg) in league games ... averaged 5.58 assists per game, the top mark in the MVC ... tallied 1.76 steals per game, the third-best mark in the Valley ... had a league-best 2.07 assist-to-turnover ratio ... two-time State Farm MVC Player of the Week (12/11, 1/8) ... two-time Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (12/14, 1/11) ... dished out 10 assists with no turnovers in a win over Miami (Ohio) (12/9), becoming just the second player in Redbird history to accomplish the feat ... also scored a career-high 28 points against the RedHawks ... matched her career-high with seven rebounds against Miami (Ohio) and Bradley (1/28) ... dished out a career-best 12 assists at Eastern Illinois (11/28) ... ISU single-season ranks: No. 1 in assist-to-turnover ratio; No. 2 in free throws made; No.7 in scoring; No.7 in assists and assists per game; No. 14 in three-point field goals made; No. 17 in scoring average; No. 19 in three-point field goal percentage ... 06-07 Valley ranks: No. 1 in assists and assist-turnover ratio; No. 4 in scoring; No. 4 in steals; No. 11 in three-point field goals; No. 11 in free throw percentage.

Freshman Year (2005-06): 2006 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year ... second Redbird to achieve that honor (Tami Baalke, 1990) ... honorable mention All-Valley selection ... Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team member ... started all 28 games ... scored in double figures in 24 games ... led `Birds in assists, free throws made, three-point field goals made and tied for the team lead in steals ... led Redbirds in scoring in 11 games and in assists in 17 games ... she and Tiffany Hudson both had 1.58 assist-to-turnover ratios-the first time in ISU history two players have been at 1.5 or better in the same season ... four-time Valley Newcomer of the Week (11/21, 12/4, 12/19, 2/27) ... first player in Valley history to be both State Farm MVC Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week (12/19) ... set ISU freshman season records for three-point field goals made and free throws made ... when she, Nicolle Lewis and Brea Banks all started at UTEP (12/18), it was the first time in six seasons that three Redbird freshmen had started the same game ... set ISU record for most steals in a game at Redbird Arena with eight against Wichita State (1/22) ... set ISU record for most free throw attempts in a game at Redbird Arena with 17 against South Alabama (11/28) ... ISU single-season ranks: No.6 in free throws made; No. 12 in three-point field goals made; tied for No. 11 in assist/turnover ratio; No. 12 in free throw percentage; No. 19 in assists per game; No.20 in three-point field goal percentage; No. 21 in assists ... 05-06 Valley ranks: No. 3 in assists; No. 4 in assist-to-turnover ratio and 3-point field goals per game; No. 6 in minutes played; tied for No. 8 in steals; No. 9 in free throw percentage; No. 10 in three-point field goal percentage; No. 11 in scoring (no other Valley freshman was in the top 15 in more than three categories).

Prior to ISU: Four-year starter at Resurrection High School ... 2005 McDonald's All-America Top-100 list ... Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette First Team All-State in 2004 and 2005 ... one of only two juniors on 2004 IBCA First Team ... 2005 Associated Press Second-Team All-State and 2004 Chicago Tribune Second-Team All-State ... advanced to 2005 IHSA State Finals in the Country Insurance Three-Point Showdown ... led Resurrection to an 85-36 record in four years and is the school's all-time leader in points (2,300), assists (414) and steals (370) ... holds the school record for points in a game (43) and season (703) ... averaged 20.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.6 apg and 4.5 spg as a senior ... averaged 22.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 2.7 spg as a junior ... averaged 20.3 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.9 spg as a sophomore ... averaged 10.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.7 spg as a freshman ... led the Bandits to the 2004 IHSA regional title over Buffalo Grove (against Redbird teammate Ashley Sandstead) and No. 16 state ranking by Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times ... prep coach was Kerry Durham ... played AAU basketball for the Illinois Hustle.

Personal: Kristi Mary Rose Cirone ... born May 19, 1987, in Chicago ... daughter of Frank and Eileen Cirone ... her brother, Tommy, played football at Lake Forest College ... majoring in exercise science ... AFNI Athletics Honor Roll: Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2010... MVC Honor Roll: 2008, 2009, 2010... MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award: 2008, 2009, 2010.