|| Cande Ruiz
1999: Ruiz played in 16 games while starting 13 at forward...scored her only goal of the season in the 10th minute against Big East foe Rutgers (Sept. 24)...recorded 13 shots on goal..tallied two assists on the season with one each versus Baylor (Sept. 12) and Old Dominion (Oct. 17)...served as a team captain for a second-straight year.
1998: Had record-highs for goals (10), shots (56) and game-winning goals (5) as a freshman in 1998…led the Panthers with 26 points…was unanimously chosen as a member of the Big East All-Rookie Team and was the first Panther to ever receive postseason honors …set a Pittsburgh single-game record for assists (4), shots (10) and points (10) scored in an 11-1 victory over Wagner…also scored three goals in the Wagner win… received Big East Rookie of the Week honors for her efforts in a 3-2 victory over Providence the week of Oct. 5…finished the season tied for first in the NCAA for points in a game (10) and second for assists in a game (4)…earned freshman All-America Honorable Mention and All-Freshman Mid-Atlantic Region honors by Soccer Buzz, the exclusive Web magazine for women’s collegiate soccer…recorded two goals and six shots in Pittsburgh’s 2-1 win over Big East opponent Georgetown…served as a team co-captain...named the team's Most Valuable Player...a University Scholar-Athlete.
1997: Ruiz spent the 1997 season as a redshirt.
High School: A three-time team Most Valuable Player at Santa Clara High School...named Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman...was a first team all-league selection for four years...a three-time all-league MVP.
Personal: Born March 30, 1979...daughter of Raymundo and Rosa Ruiz...has two brothers and one sister...a sociology major...a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board.
Ruiz's Career Stats:
Season GP/GS S G A Pts. GWG
1997(R) 0/0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 19/19 56 10 6 26 5
1999 16/13 13 1 2 4 0
Totals 35/32 69 11 8 30 5