Former Indiana guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary signs professional basketball contract in Spain

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

During his 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% of these shots.

Known to opponents as the gnat that was always there, Cardaño-Hillary had 72 interceptions, which ranks ninth all-time for Indiana and second in the Big Ten conference.

She helped the Hoosiers to two NCAA tournaments and was a second-team All-American Big Ten, defensive-team All-Big Ten, and received Big Ten All-Tournament honors in her last season.

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

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

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

She totaled 103 scrappy steals and 147 assists, which proved to be a force in defense but also an offensive playmaker.

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


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