2002 Highlights: Illinois Team MVP ? First Team All-Big ten performer, averaged 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. ? Made 68 of 87 free throws during final 23 games of the regular season. ? Ranked seventh in the nation in field-goal percentage (.611), while leading the Big Ten and setting a new Illinois-single-season record in that category. ? Had 28 points and nine rebounds at Minnesota. ? Scored in double figures in 25 of 27 games, leading the Illini offense 14 times.? Recorded four double doubles this season. ? Currently 19th on Illinois? career scoring list (891) while ranking seventh in blocked shots (70).
2001 Highlights: Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ? Player of the Game in upset of Auburn, which end the Tigers? 55-game home court winning streak ? In that contest, Marcauskaite scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds ? Scored in double figures in 20 of 33 games, including at least 20 points four times.
High School: Competed last season at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., where she averaged 16.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game * Peddie finished the season 22-3, winning the Mercer County and New Jersey State prep titles * Graduated from Moorhead (Minn.) H.S. in 1999, where she was an exchange student * Averaged 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game * Led Moorehead to the school's first appearance in the state tournament (finished second in Class 4A) * Native of Lithuania, played for her country's junior national team during the summer of 1998 and scored 15 points in an 80-64 loss to the United States team * Played for Coach Mike Flynn and the Philly Belles at the prestigious NIKE Boo Williams AAU Tournament last spring.
Personal: Born on Feb. 2, 1982 * Daughter of Raimundas Marcauskas and Birute Marcauskiene * Plans to major in international business * Coached by Sean Casey in high school * Has two brothers Dainius Marcauskas (14) and Elonas Marcauskas (6).
Getting to Know IVETA MARCAUSKAITE:
Favorite TV show - Friends
Favorite event attended as a spectator ? Fifth World Championship for Junior Women?s Finals
Favorite Athlete ? Arvytas Sabonis
Nickname ? Ivy
What I?m passionate about outside of basketball ? Travel, listening to music
Favorite Instructor ? April Bucher
Superstitions ? Before every game I have to get up out of my bed and leave from the right side.
Goals after graduation ? WNBA
Most memorable vacation ? Christmas last year
Favorite Restaurant ? Chili's
My advice to youngsters ? Do your best and you will succeed.
I?ve been told I look like ? my mother
What do I do to get ready for a game ? I eat a Snicker Bar and drink Diet Coke
Famous people who attended my high school ? Stasys Salkauski, a poet
What I worked on in my game during the off-season ? I played in a lot of different tournaments in Lithuania, Poland, France, and Czech Republic. We won fifth place in the World Championships for Junior Women.