July 26, 2013

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADDS CENTENO AND GRENCI TO COACHING STAFF

Syracuse, N.Y.  – Le Moyne College head women's basketball coach Gina Castelli announced on Friday afternoon the addition of Cristina Centeno and Lily Grenci to her coaching staff.

"I am absolutely thrilled to have both Lily Grenci and Cristina Centeno join me here at Le Moyne College," said first-year head coach Gina Castelli.  "As players they were tireless workers and respected leaders!  I know that they will bring that same mentality to our women's basketball program."

Centeno, a 2012 graduate of Siena College with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Business Management, was a four-year starting guard for the Saints under Castelli. A Third Team All-MAAC and MAAC All-Academic Team selection each of her final two seasons, Centeno completed her career with 343 assists, the 10th-highest total in the program's history. A team captain her senior year and the team's defensive player of the year as a junior, Centeno is one of only 13 players in the history of the MAAC to record career totals of at least 900 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 three-pointers. She twice represented Puerto Rico, where her mother was born, in international competition. Prior to her freshman year at Siena, Centeno played for the Puerto Rico Junior National Team in the 2008 FIBA Americas Women's Championship in Argentina. Leading up to the 2012 Olympics, Centeno played with the Puerto Rico National Team.

Following graduation, Centeno was selected with the fourth overall pick by the Quebradillas Pirates in the 2012 Draft of Puerto Rico's Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino (BSNF). During the 2012 season, Centeno averaged 11.8 points (3rd on the team), 5.5 rebounds (3rd on the team), 3.0 assists (3rd on the team) and a team-best 1.8 steals to earn BSNF Rookie of the Year accolades, while guiding the Pirates to the regular season championship and a spot in the BSNF championship game.

Grenci, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Siena College in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology, was a First Team All-MAAC honoree each of her final two seasons with the Saints. A three-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection, Grenci was selected to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar Athlete Team in 2012 and 2013. The team's most valuable player as a junior and senior, she completed her career with 1,074 points, 624 rebounds (19th in the program's history) and 347 free throws made (4th in program history). In her final collegiate campaign, Grenci averaged career-bests of 15.9 points (2nd in the MAAC) and 9.5 rebounds (3rd in the MAAC), while posting a 79.0 free throw percentage (6th in the MAAC) and 1.7 steals per game (11th in the MAAC).

Prior to her senior year, Grenci was selected as a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, given annually to a Division I senior based on notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. As a junior, Grenci was named to the All-MAAC First Team after ranking second in the conference in scoring (15.2), third in rebounding (7.8), sixth in free throw percentage (76.3%) and seventh in field goal percentage (44.0%). Additionally, she was the only player in the conference to record double-digit points in all 18 regular season MAAC contests.