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Elissa Cunane

  • As of June 20, 2021.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Honor: 2021 FIBA AmeriCup all-tournament team.
  • Gold Medal: 2021 FIBA AmeriCup.
  • As a member of the 2021 USA AmeriCup Team, averaged 12.8 ppg. and 8.0 rpg. to help the USA to a 6-0 record and the gold medal at the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup from June 12-19 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; named to the all-tournament team.
  • 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team trials participant.
  • Competed for NC State at the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals in Las Vegas and helped her team to a fourth-place finish and a 3-3 record. 

College Honors

  • ESPN All-America first team (2021).
  • Associated Press and USBWA All-America second team (2021) and third team (2020).
  • WBCA All-America honorable mention (2021)
  • All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team (2020, 2021).
  • Named 2021 ACC Tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 ppg., 9.0 rpg. and 62.5 percent (25-of-40) shooting in three Wolfpack wins; her 70 total points marked the fifth-most by a player in a single ACC Tournament in the past 20 years.
  • ACC All-Tournament Team (2019, 2020, 2021).
  • Recipient of the 2021 Caulton Tudor Award, which recognizes the Triangle basketball player who is most cooperative with the media.
  • Academic All-ACC (2019, 2021).
  • ACC All-Freshman Team (2019).

College Notes

  • Averaged team-leading 16.3 ppg. and 8.3 rpg. as a junior in 2020-21 as NC State finished with a 22-3 record, captured the ACC Tournament crown and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
  • Scored in double figures in all but one game in 2020-21, including six 20+ point outings and seven double-doubles.
  • Reached 1,000 career points in the Pack's 2020-21 season opener; the only active junior in the ACC to surpass that mark.
  • Ended her junior season ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring (16.3), fifth in rebounding (8.3), second in field-goal percentage (.533) and third in free throw percentage (.843).
  • As a sophomore in 2019-20, averaged 16.4 ppg. and 9.6 rpg. and started in 31 of 32 games played in aiding NC State to a 28-4 slate and the ACC Tournament title.
  • As a freshman in 2018-19, aided North Carolina State to a 28-6 record and the NCAA Sweet 16; started 11 of 34 games played and averaged 13.6 ppg. and 6.3 rpg.
  • Ranks second among all-time NC State freshman for scoring with 464 points and first among all-time freshman leaders for free throws made (136).
  • Posted career-highs of 28 points versus Notre Dame (2/18/19) and 15 rebounds and six assists versus Kentucky (3/25/19).

High School Honors

  • NABC All-State first team (2018).
  • Associated Press All-State first team (2017, 2018).
  • Greensboro News & Record Player of the Year (2018).
  • HSXtra Girls Basketball Player of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018).

High School Notes

  • Played for North Guilford High School in North Carolina. 
  • Earned a second-straight North Carolina Class 3A state championship as a senior in 2018.
  • As a junior in 2016-17, averaged 20.3 ppg., 12.7 rpg., 3.2 bpg., 2.7 apg., and 2.2 spg. in leading the Nighthawks to a 31-1 record and the North Carolina 3A state title.

Personal Notes

  • Hails from Summerfield, North Carolina. 
  • Daughter of Sharon and Dan Cunane.
  • Nickname is Lissa.
  • Majoring in animal science and has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian.
  • Has a rescue dog named Suzie, a beagle/dachshund mix.

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