Feb. 9, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane women's basketball player Kiki Cizmar will miss the remainder of the season with a back injury, Green Wave head coach Lisa Stockton announced Wednesday.
Cizmar, who has battled back problems over the last year, has played in just 12 games this season, and has not seen any action since the Green Wave's win over Memphis on Jan. 9.
"We're certainly disappointed that Kiki is not able to finish her senior season on the court," Stockton said. "But every time her back seemed to improve, she would take a hit in practice or in a game, and be out for another two weeks. We felt that it was best for her to sit out the remainder of the season to get better. Kiki has been a big part of the success of this program over the last four seasons."
Cizmar, a three-year letterwinner, was a starter for the Green Wave through the early part of last season before back trouble forced her to the sidelines. She missed all or part of Tulane's final 10 games in 1999 after having started 17 of the Wave's first 18 contests. Her best season came during the 1997-98 campaign, when she averaged 6.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest, while connecting on 46.2 percent of her three-pointers (24-of-52). Last season, she hit a jumper as time expired to lift Tulane to a 52-51 win over Virginia Commonwealth.
Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, Cizmar came to the United States as an Exchange Student and lived with Grace Daley and her family in Ocala, Fla. Prior to her arrival in the United States, she was named Most Valuable Player at the Croatian Junior Championships.