USF women sign 2 more European-born players

The Bulls 2019-20 roster will feature at least seven players from overseas
USF women's coach Jose Fernandez expects to sign at least two more players during the NCAA's spring signing period. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
USF women's coach Jose Fernandez expects to sign at least two more players during the NCAA's spring signing period. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published April 18

The USF women’s basketball team formally added two more European-born players to its roster Thursday, the second day of the NCAA’s spring signing period.

The latest to join the Bulls are Czech Republic wing Kristyna Brabencova and Belgium-born forward Bethy Mununga. Both are 6-footers.

They become the sixth and seventh European players on the Bulls’ 2019-20 roster. That number grows to eight if senior Kitija Laksa, who opted not to enter the recent WNBA draft, chooses to play for USF another season.

A two-time juco All-American, Mununga averaged a double-double (17.5 ppg, 13.5 rpg) last season for Notheastern Oklahoma A&M, the same program that produced former Bulls sharpshooter Inga Orekhova.

She led the nation in field-goal percentage (64.9) and was ranked third nationally in rebounds per game (13.5). In 2017, she nearly averaged a double-double (9.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg) for her native country in the FIBA under-20 Women’s European Championship.

“Bethy brings a level of athleticism and an ability to score in multiple ways at the forward position,” USF coach Jose Fernandez said in a school news release. “Her experience at the junior college and international level will translate to making an impact here at USF.”

Brabencova, a five-star recruit per BlueStar Europe, recently has played with EuroLeague team USK Praha, which finished third in the top league in Europe.

In the ’17 FIBA under-20 Women’s European Championship, she averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and three assists in seven games for the Czech Republic, which placed fourth.

She’s the second perimeter player in this recruiting class, joining 5-7 Miami Country Day guard Maria Alvarez.

“(Brabencova) is a great fit for our athletic department on and off the floor," said Fernandez, who expects to sign at least two more players in the next month.

"She has competed at a high level internationally, and we look forward to what she will bring to our team. Maria (Alvarez), who we signed in the early signing period, and Kristyna will bolster our perimeter play and depth.”

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