courtesy of the Univerisity of Texas Athletics
The Texas Women’s Basketball program has signed two athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season, head coach Karen Aston announced Wednesday. Gintare “Gigi” Mazionyte, a transfer from Weatherford College, and Ashley Roberts, a transfer from South Plains College, will join the Longhorns roster as the first junior college transfers since Daria Mieloszynska (Pozan, Poland/Illinois Central JC) in 2004.
“We are very excited about the addition of Gigi and Ashley to the Texas Women’s Basketball family,” said Aston. “These young ladies possess a terrific combination of athletic ability and commitment to excellence in the classroom. They are going to be great ambassadors for Texas Women’s Basketball.”
Mazionyte, a native of Palanga, Lithuania, spent two seasons with the Weatherford College Coyotes where she averaged 15.3 points and 7.9 rebounds as a sophomore in 2011-12. She was twice named to the Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) All-First Team and was also tabbed the 2011 NTJCAC Freshman of theYear. The 6-foot-2 forward also sports international experience, having previously played as a member of the Lithuanian national women’s basketball team since 2007 and competed in the 2010 and 2011 World University Games. Most recently at the 2011 U20 European Championship in Serbia, Mazionyte was a steady presence in eight games, averaging 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds.
“Gigi gives us versatility and maturity at the forward position. She can play inside and swing to the perimeter. Her internationalexperience will have her prepared for the rigors of Big 12 Conference play,” said Aston.
Roberts (Duncanville, Texas) comes to the Forty Acres as a two-time Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) All-Conference honoree as well as having been named to the All-Region 5 and WBCA HonorableMention All-America teams in 2011-12. During her sophomore campaign, the 5-foot-8 guard led South Plains with 17.24 points per game, including a 40-point performance against Pima Community College, and 3.35 assists.
“Ashley brings immediate assistance to our backcourt at the combo position. She is primarily a point guard and thinks very much like one, however, she also brings the ability to score,” Aston said. “She is an experienced player with a winning attitude. Her sense of competitiveness developed from her days at Duncanville has carried over to the collegiate level.”
Gintare Mazionyte Jr. F 6-2 Palanga, Lithuania/Weatherford College
Ashley Roberts Jr. G 5-8 Duncanville, Texas/South Plains College