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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Former Indiana women's basketball guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary has signed a professional contract with IDK Euskotren in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, her home country, the league announced Tuesday.

In her 2021-22 senior season at Indiana, Cardaño-Hillary averaged 11.6 points per game and shot the most three pointers on last year's team with 129 making 35.7 percent of those shots. 

Known by opponents as the gnat that was always around, Cardaño-Hillary totaled a team high 72 steals, which ranks ninth all-time for Indiana and second in the Big Ten conference.

She helped lead the Hoosiers to two NCAA Tournament appearances and was part of the All-American Big Ten second team, All-Big Ten defensive team and was awarded Big Ten All-Tournament honors in her final season. 

Before her career at Indiana, the Madrid, Spain native moved from her home country to Georgetown, Texas where she played basketball in high school and went on to play at George Mason for three seasons.

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She became the Patriot's all-time leading scorer finishing her George Mason career with 1,766 career points.

While at Indiana, Cardaño-Hillary started in 49 out of 56 games and scored 577 points for the Hoosiers in just two seasons.

She totaled 103 scrappy steals and 147 assists proving to be a force on defense but also an offensive playmaker. 

Cardaño-Hillary joins fellow Hoosier Aleksa Gulbe as the second alumna to sign a professional contract this offseason. Gulbe will play for Perfumerías Avendia in Salamanca, Spain, about a five-hour drive from Cardaño-Hillary's new team.


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