July 15, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington women's basketball graduate Desherra Nwanguma signed a contract with Fribourg Basket.
"This is something that Dede really wants to do and she has that ambition and desire," UT Arlington coach Krista Gerlich said. "I think Dede is very deserving and she's going to do a great job over there. I'm really proud of her. She worked really hard this year to put herself in a position to play overseas."
Fribourg Basket is in the first division of the Swiss Basketball League and the premier league in Switzerland.
"Dede grew a lot this past year and really learned how to post. Her footwork is great and she knows how to get good angles," UT Arlington post coach Kristin Cole said. "She's athletic and can run the floor. I think she'll be perfect in this league."
Nwanguma will be playing under the direction of head coach Romain Gaspoz.
"I'm really excited about getting the opportunity to play in another country, adapting to a new culture and playing style and embracing this huge change," Nwanguma said. "I've heard a lot of great things about Switzerland so I'm grateful for this.
"I have to give credit to the UTA coaches, especially Coach Cole, for all the work she put in to making this possible for me. She believed in me from the beginning and told me she knew I would do great things beyond what I imagined for myself."
The recent graduate majored in advertising and led the team in scoring and rebounding, with 13.5 points per game and 8.5 boards per game. Nwanguma also led the Sun Belt in rebounding (9.3) and blocks (1.6) through conference games.
Nwanguma made her way into the UT Arlington record books for this season and throughout her career. She is tied for ninth for field-goal percentage (.517) for a single season. As a four-year letterwinner, she is fifth overall in field-goal percentage (.482), fifth in free-throw percentage (.772), and ninth in blocked shots (77).
"I want to make the coaching staff and my teammates proud in Switzerland and represent UTA to the fullest. I plan on bringing 'The Beast' to Europe this season," Nwanguma said.