O'Hara Headed To Denmark To Play Professional Hoops

Aug. 21, 2007

SEATTLE -- Former Washington women's basketball player Maggie O'Hara has signed a season-long contract to play professionally overseas with the Vitus Bering Pirates Basketball Club in Horsens, Denmark.

O'Hara was offered a contract while taking part in a pro-camp tryout in Bonn, Germany, this summer. A 2007 Washington graduate, O'Hara will join two of her former teammates in the professional ranks overseas as 2007 alum Cameo Hicks (Switzerland) and 2006 alum Kristen O'Neill (Spain) will also be playing for teams in Europe during the 2007-08 season. O'Hara will depart for Denmark on Aug. 31.

'I am really excited to be able to follow out my childhood dreams,' O'Hara said. 'I have always wanted to play professional basketball. It is a great opportunity to show that you can come from a small town like Boise, Idaho, and play professional sports. Since I want to teach and coach someday, what a great thing to be able to tell my future students.'

O'Hara was a four-year letterwinner and a member of two NCAA Tournament teams at Washington. The 6-3 forward/center finished her Husky career ranked 10th on UW's all-time list for blocked shots (53) and tallied a 70.1 career free-throw shooting percentage. She also averaged 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds, and was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree.

O'Hara, Hicks and O'Neill are among a long list of former Husky women's basketball players to continue their playing careers in the professional ranks whether in the United States or overseas. O'Neill is in her second season playing in Spain, while 2006 graduate Nicole Castro also played professionally in Germany for the 2006-07 season. 2004 UW grads Andrea Lalum and Giuliana Mendiola played professionally in Athens, Greece for one season following their UW careers, while 2003 grad Alicia Heathcote played a two-year stint in Germany, as well.

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