COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s basketball team recently signed Slovenian guard Sara Vujačić, head coach Brenda Frese announced Wednesday. Vujačić, a transfer from Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., earned First Team All-America honors earlier this month and will be eligible to play this fall.
Vujačić (pronounced VOO-yah-chich) averaged 16.7 points per game, while shooting over 45 percent from outside the arc in 33 games this season. She shot 46 percent from the field with 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Vujačić was named the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Player of the Year and earned All-TCCAA First Team honors.
"We are thrilled to welcome Sara into our Maryland family,” Frese said. “She is a perfect fit to our winning culture for our team and program. She will bring a level of maturity, experience and poise to the table. She was recently named a First Team All-American and is a deadly knockdown shooter that is extremely competitive. She will be able to stretch the defenses with her length and ability to score. We couldn't be more excited to add someone like Sara into our program."
Vujačić, a native of Maribor, Slovenia, helped the Senators to a record of 30-6, the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament title and was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. Vujačić and Walters State advanced to the elite eight of the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas, after winning 20 straight games.
“I have decided to attend University of Maryland because of their strong academics and basketball program,” Vujačić said. “I was able to meet with the coaching staff and the team, and I really liked their clear vision and the hard-working atmosphere. I am very confident that we will do great things, and I can't wait to join the team.”
Vujačić played her first season in the U.S. at Motlow State in Tennessee. Her older brother, Sasha, played 11 seasons in the NBA and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round in 2004. He played for the Lakers, the New Jersey Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks.