|No. 3 – ZVVZ USK Praha|
28 May 1995|
Agüimes, Canary Islands, Spain
|Listed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|High school||I.E.S. Joaquín Artiles|
|WNBA draft||2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Connecticut Sun|
|2010–2013||CB Islas Canarias|
|2017–present||ZVVZ USK Praha|
|Career highlights and awards|
Leticia Romero González (born 28 May 1995) is a Spanish basketball player from Agüimes who plays for USK Praha and the Spanish national team. She played three years in the Spanish top-tier league before starting her U.S. college career in Kansas State and Florida State.
Romero started playing basketball in local clubs from the CB Agüimes, Baloncesto Telde and de CB Islas Canarias, where she made her debut in the Spanish top tier league in 2010, at only 15. She spent three seasons in the senior team, averaging 8.4 PPG. In her last season in the club (2012-13) she averaged 14.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 3.5 APG before turning 18 years old. In the 2011 and 2012 seasons she played a total of 16 games in Europe's second tier tournament, the EuroCup.
U.S. college career
Romero, a native of the Canary Islands, was widely sought after by major U.S. college programs going into the 2013–14 season, ultimately choosing to play at Kansas State largely because of her rapport with the coaching staff. At the time, she was not fully comfortable with English, and according to ESPN journalist Mechelle Voepel, was "seeking a place she would feel taken care of and safe". While the Wildcats only finished 11–19 in her freshman season, she enjoyed considerable personal success, averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game on her way to being named unanimously to the Big 12 Conference all-freshman team and also earning second-team All-Big 12 honors.
Shortly after Romero received a release, she received a call from Sue Semrau, head coach at Florida State, one of the schools she had visited during her original recruitment. The two quickly reconnected, and as Romero considered her options, she found herself drawn to the Seminoles' style of play and willing to meet the expectations Semrau was setting for the program. She then enrolled at FSU, initially planning to sit out the 2014–15 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Given the situation surrounding Romero's transfer from Kansas State, Florida State petitioned the NCAA for a waiver to allow her to play after the end of Kansas State's 2014 fall academic term. Semrau had told Romero that the chances of a successful petition were low. Since Romero could not travel with the team as a redshirting transfer, she went to her home of Las Palmas for a short Christmas break. During that time, the NCAA granted the petition, allowing her to immediately play for the Seminoles.
Despite missing the first 13 games of the 2014–15 season, she was second on the team in assists, also averaging 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in the regular season while being named to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference second team.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Back in Europe
EuroLeague and EuroCup stats
|2010-11 EuroCup||CB Islas Canarias||6||13.0||2.0||1.3||1.5|
|2011-12 EuroCup||CB Islas Canarias||10||30.7||6.0||2.7||2.5|
|2017-18 EuroLeague||ZVVZ USK Praha||16||17.3||4.2||2.6||2.7|
Romero started playing with Spain's youth teams at 15, winning a total of five medals from 2010 to 2015. She made her debut with the senior team in 2014, when she was 19 years old. Up to 2017, she had 58 caps with 2.6 PPG, participating in the Rio 2016 Olympics, one World Championships and two EuroBaskets:
- 5th 2010 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship (youth)
- 2011 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship (youth)
- 5th 2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship (youth)
- 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship (youth)
- 4th 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship (youth)
- 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship (youth)
- 2014 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship (youth)
- 2015 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship (youth)
- 2014 World Championship
- 2015 Eurobasket
- 2016 Summer Olympics
- 2017 Eurobasket
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Daughter of Domingo José Romero and Isabel González
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