Onyenwere, Gardner, and Burke Sign with Uni Girona in Spain
Girona, Spain – The Uni Girona Club de Basquet announced today the signing of former Bruin Michaela Onyenwere ('21) to its active roster for the upcoming Liga Dia season, bringing the team's total of Bruin signees to three with the previous additions of Rebekah Gardner ('12) and Kennedy Burke ('19).
Onyenwere and Burke were teammates during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, with the pair helping to lead the Bruins to Elite 8 and Sweet 16 appearances in the respective years. Gardner graduated from UCLA in 2012, three seasons before Burke arrived on campus and five seasons before Onyenwere joined the team.
Uni Girona, also called Spar Citylift Girona, is based in Girona, Spain. The club finished third in the Liga Dia last season with a 26-4 overall record, trailing only Avenida (29-1) and Valencia (29-1). The league also includes Estudiantes, the team former Bruin Atonye Nyingifa ('14) played for last season.
Onyenwere, who was selected sixth overall by the New York Liberty in the 2021 WNBA Draft, is currently taking the league by storm. She is putting up 11.4 points per game for the Liberty and is the only rookie in the league averaging double digit scoring numbers. The Aurora, Colo., native has put up at least 10 points in five games this season, including a 29-point performance against Atlanta that saw her knock down six triples (May 29). Onyenwere finished her UCLA career as the program's No. 4 all-time scorer with 1,888 points.
Gardner most recently won the 2021 Romanian League title with ACS Sepsi SIC, helping the team achieve a 22-0 record in the regular season. Gardner played in 127 games across her four-year career in Westwood and is a member of the program's 1,000-point club with 1,101 points.
Burke will join the Uni Girona squad following the conclusion of her 2021 WNBA campaign with the Seattle Storm. She was traded to the Storm from the Indiana Fever after putting up career-high averages of 7.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per contest in 2020. Burke is in her third season in the WNBA after a four-year career at UCLA that saw her play in three Sweet 16s (2016, 2017, 2019) and an Elite 8 (2018). The Northridge, Calif., native is 19th on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,513 points.