WBB: Mavs sign Toma Zaleckaite and Morgan Holly
April 25, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich announced the signings of Toma Zaleckaite and Morgan Holly to national letters of intent.
"We are so pleased with our spring signees," Coach Gerlich said. "This finishes up our first full recruiting class when added with our fall signees and I couldn't be more thrilled. We have a little bit of everything position wise, but most importantly we've recruited competitors who are used to winning."
Zaleckaite and Holly joined a recruiting class that includes Artavia Ford, Cierra Johnson, Rebekah VanDijk, Lashanda Green and Maggie Lockwood.
Zaleckaite, a 6-foot-3 post, is transferring to UT Arlington after spending two seasons at Weatherford College. The Palanga, Lithuania native played under Bob McKinnley and was named all-conference and academic All-American. She averaged 8.5 points, 11 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game during her two-year stint. She led her team to the conference title both years, and went to the national tournament as a freshman and regional tournament as a sophomore.
"Toma is a 6-3 athletic post who can run the floor, rebound well, and score from the elbow," Gerlich said. "She has a great work ethic and is an excellent student. Toma will give us instant experience, size and athleticism inside."
Zaleckaite chose UT Arlington over Incarnate Word, Robert Morris and New Mexico, and plans to major in exercise science.
Holly is a 6-0 post from Odessa College and a Garland native. As a sophomore she averaged 14.2 points per game, shot 59 percent from the floor and grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game. Holly was named to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference team, NJCAA all-American honorable mention and all-region 5 team. She chose UTA over Boise State, Central Arkansas and Troy.
"Morgan is a great signing for us. She was the WJCAC player of the year and led her team to the Regional tournament," Gerlich said. "She is a strong presence on the block and can control the glass on both ends. She has the ability to stretch the defense from the high post and attack the rim as well."
With the addition of Zaleckaite and Holly, the Mavericks now have seven new members of the women's basketball program for the 2014-15 season.