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21 Danielle Santos (SAN-tos)
  • University of Florida Basketball (2002-06)
  • 5-10
  • Senior
  • Guard
  • Marietta, Georgia
  • Wheeler HS
  • Major: Sports Management

Danielle Santos (SAN-tos) was one of the top defenders on the 2005-06 squad … 2005 Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar Athlete Second Team Women's Basketball ... named to the 2004 District 3 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team … member of the 2004, 2005 & 2006 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll … named to the 2003 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll … on pace to graduate at the end of the 2006 summer with a degree in Sports Management.

Career Notes
*80 three-pointers ranked No. 7 in a CAREER by a Gator
*162 steals ranked No. 11 in a CAREER by a Gator
*265 assists ranked No. 11 in a CAREER by a Gator
*78.2% free throw percentage (129-165) ranked No. 5 in a CAREER by a
Gator Dbl Fig Scoring Games- 14 in 2005-06 & 37 in UF Career
Double-doubles- 1 in 2005-06 & in UF Career

Senior Year (2005-06)
Played and started all 30 games ... scored in every game except one (vs. Rhode Island) ... UF's fourth-leading scorer (9.0 ppg) ... scored in double-figures in the last four games ... in the SEC (all games stats), ranked No. 8 for steals and No. 10 for minutes played ... among her career-high 24 points in the SEC first round against Mississippi State (March 2), was her 800th career point ... responsible for defending LSU's Seimone Augustus (Feb. 16) late in the Feb. 16 win, holding the superstar scoreless in the final 6:35 of regulation and to just two points in overtime ... dished her 250th career assist in the win over No. 2 LSU (Feb. 16) ... collected her 350th career rebound during the win over No. 21 Kentucky (Feb. 5) ... scored her 700th career point in the upset win over No. 19 Vanderbilt (Jan. 22) ... instrumental during UF's 66-58 win at Ole Miss, canning four consecutive three-pointers late in the game to give the Gators the lead for good ... finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high seven steals to log her first career double-double ... suffered a bone contusion to her hip with 26 seconds remaining in the game against UT-Arlington (Dec. 19), but did not miss any other games as a result of the injury ... tied her career-high of six assists in the win at Temple, grabbing a season-high six rebounds with three steals ... instrumental during UF's 16-point second-half comeback at Charlotte when she dished two of her team-high five assists and recorded UF's lone block during the final six minutes as the Gators began their game-ending run en route to the win ... member of the 2006 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

Junior Year (2004-05)
Appeared in 19 of the 29 games, starting the first nine of the season … scored in 18 of 19 games … named to the 2005 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll ... played in the final 10 games, returning to the court after a 10-game absence due to a stress fracture in her right foot that she suffered on Dec. 19 during the game at Baylor … during her second game back, she played 19 minutes against Tennessee (Feb. 3) and scored nine points and grabbed a team-tying seven rebounds along with two assists and two steals … played 12 minutes against Vanderbilt (Jan. 30), her first action since the injury, entering the game against the Commodores at the 10:24 mark of the first half and played 12 minutes, grabbing two offensive rebounds, one assist and one steal while hitting one-of-two free throws during her return… in uniform but did not play against Georgia on January 27 … started the first nine games of the season before her injury, extending her streak to 39 straight starts … had been UF's second-leading scorer with 9.9 points per game when she left the lineup, as well as ranking second for assists (2.8 pg) and steals (1.8 pg) and being the team's top three-point threat (40.0 percent, 16-40) … team's leading scorer in two games: Florida State (16 points) and Iowa (career-high 23 points) … hit late three-pointer versus Iowa (Nov. 26) to get Gators within three points, then got a steal on the other side of the court to set up last-second shot … four double-figure scoring games.

Sophomore Year (2003-04)
Starting guard in every game … averaged a team-high 31.7 minutes per game … also led UF in assists (100), steals (53) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.96) … fourth-leading scorer (9.1) … in the SEC ranked third for assist/turnover ratio and ninth for steals … one of three Gators (Vanessa Hayden & Tashia Morehead) who scored in every game … scored in double-figures in seven of the last 10 games, including 13 points with six assists in the season finale against Baylor (March 22) in the second round of the NCAA Championship … dished at least four assists in 14 of last 22 games … one of only two Gators (Tashia Morehead) who played all 40 minutes in a game, which she did in back-to-back games: at Georgia & vs. South Carolina); also played the entire game at No. 18 Auburn (Feb. 29) … defensive specialist on the perimeter … in her NCAA debut (vs. New Mexico, March 20), played 37 minutes scoring four points with three assists, but recorded several key defensive deflections ... logged a key 11 points with a career-high seven assists in the victory at No. 18 Auburn (Feb. 29) ... tallied a solid 13 points, seven assists and four steals in 37 minutes at Vanderbilt (Feb. 1) … scored seven of her season-high 17 points in the final four minutes of the four-point win at Oakland (Dec. 9) … named to the District 3 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team …member of the 2004 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll ... 13 double-figure scoring games.

Freshman Year (2002-03)
One of four Gators who played in all 28 games ... earned seven starting assignments, including in five SEC games ... ranked third for minutes played and for free throw percentage ... converted 15 of her last 17 free throw attempts ... UF's leading scorer in two games and leader in assists four times … solid performance in the win over Ole Miss (Feb. 27) that snapped UF's 13-game losing streak, as she scored nine points with four rebounds in 12 minutes of action ... scored in every game except four … totaled 27 points and 11 rebounds, while shooting 14-of-16 from the free throw line during UF's State Farm Classic (Dec. 28 & 29), helping the Gators win the tournament title … recorded a game-high 16 points with three assists versus Virginia (Dec. 29) in the championship game of the SFC … scored a season-high 19 points with eight rebounds leading UF in the win over Florida State (Nov. 26) … earned her first collegiate start on November 24 against USF ... five double-figure scoring games.

High School
Graduated in 2002 from Wheeler High School, where she was coached by Krista Kilburn, who is now an assistant coach at James Madison University … captained the Wildcats her final three years … tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee 14 games into her senior year … during her 103-game career, totaled 1,124 points, 552 rebounds, 418 steals and 407 assists, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 70.1 percent from the free throw line … career averages of 10.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.0 assists … before injury cut her senior year short, she averaged 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.9 steals and 5.5 assists … finalist for the 2002 McDonalds All-American game … 2001 First Team All-State … 2001-02 Preseason Top 10 Player in Georgia … All-Metro Atlanta First Team … All-Area First Team ... as a junior averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 5.6 assists per game, leading Wheeler to a 27-4 record and the Elite Eight of the state tournament, losing to the eventual champion …played with the Georgia Metros AAU team, which was coached by Kathy Richie-Walton … the Metros won the 2001 state title and placed fifth nationally, before finishing as state finalists in 2002 … also earned three varsity letters in track.


Santos, Danielle
  Total 3-Point  
Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct  
2002-03 28-7 621/22.2 55-194 .284 8-41 .195 41-50 .820
2003-04 30-30 951/31.7 104-250 .416 25-66 .379 40-53 .755
2004-05 19-9 410/21.6 47-123 .382 18-55 .327 16-20 .800
2005-06 30-30 977/32.6 105-293 .358 29-103 .282 32-42 .762
TOTAL 107-76 2959/27.7 311-860 .362 80-265 .302 129-165 .782
  Rebounds  
Year Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg
2002-03 28-56 84 3.0 55-0 41 46 7 29 159/5.7
2003-04 34-73 107 3.6 83-3 100 51 18 53 273/9.1
2004-05 23-34 57 3.0 38-1 39 35 4 23 128/6.7
2005-06 47-100 147 4.9 76-4 85 90 19 57 271/9.0
TOTAL 132-263 395 3.7 252-8 265 222 48 162 831/7.8
Individual Career History (Conference-only statistics)
      Total 3-Point  
Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct  
2002-03 14-5 311/22.2 25-94 .266 4-23 .174 15-17 .882
2003-04 14-14 462/33.0 48-123 .390 15-36 .417 20-25 .800
2004-05 8-0 145/18.1 13-32 .406 2-9 .222 9-12 .750
2005-06 14-14 490/35.0 46-140 .329 17-58 .293 13-18 .722
TOTAL 50-33 1408/28.2 132-389 .339 38-126 .302 57-72 .792
  Rebounds  
Year Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg
2002-03 15-25 40 2.9 28-0 18 17 2 13 69/4.9
2003-04 12-34 46 3.3 40-2 48 25 8 23 131/9.4
2004-05 7-12 19 2.4 17-0 10 13 0 5 37/4.6
2005-06 22-58 80 5.7 37-2 37 43 14 24 122/8.7
TOTAL 56-129 185 3.7 122-4 113 98 24 65 359/7.2
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