June 21, 2013
By Brian Grant | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington woman's basketball coach Krista Gerlich announced the signing of Amara Wainwright, an incoming junior who will join the program after playing two years at Eastern Arizona College.
"Amara is a great sign for us in so many ways," Gerlich said. "She's a great shooter and student of the game. She sees the floor well and can deliver the ball efficiently. Her success in the classroom is phenomenal and she will be a great ambassador for our program and our university."
Wainwright graduated from Eastern Arizona College this past year with a 3.93 cumulative GPA and was the recipient of the Wayne McGrath Award, which is awarded annually to the female athlete with the highest GPA in the school.
The 5-7 guard led her team in scoring, averaging 15 points per game, along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. She was named second team All-Conference, as well as second team All-Region as a sophomore.
As a freshman at EAC, Wainwright led the team in scoring, assists and steals. She averaged 15 points, four assists, and two steals per game. At the end of the season, she was awarded second-team All-Conference and second-team All-Region honors. Wainwright was selected as one out of 40 players in the nation to play in the NJCAA All Star Game that year in Florida.
Wainwright attended Vista del Lago High School, near Sacramento, Calif., where she was a four-year letter winner while also starting for the varsity team all four years. She was named captain of her team for three of those four years.
Her senior year of high school she averaged 19 points a game, as well as four assists, almost seven rebounds and six steals. She was also selected to play in the Optimist All Star Game, which recognizes the best high school seniors in basketball in the Sacramento area. In her freshman year of high school Wainwright was awarded first team All-Conference and All-League honors.
Wainwright will have two years of eligibility beginning with the 2013-14 season, UT Arlington's first in the Sun Belt Conference.