Former Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Abby O’Connor has signed a pro contract with Niki Lefkadas in the Greek EuroLeague, according to a tweet from the Women’s Basketball Twitter account:
Niki Lefkadas went 4-12 last season, and could use O’Connor’s size and scoring ability on the roster next season.
O’Connor played two years at Gonzaga. She appeared in 25 games with one start in 20-21, averaging 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 39.1% from deep.
She took on a much larger role in 21-22, appearing in 35 games with 34 starts and averaging 25.5 minutes per game, nearly double her output from the previous year. She averaged 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and one assist per game while boosting her field goal percentage to 40%. Her three point rate dropped to 30.8%.
O’Connor joins fellow women’s basketball offseason departure Cierra Walker in playing professionally overseas, as Walker signed a contract in New Zealand and has already begun playing games over there.
With less than half as many WNBA teams as NBA teams, women’s basketball players have less domestic options if they want to continue playing professionally. Gonzaga has sent players all over Europe and the rest of the world, however, and Walker and O’Connor will continue to represent the Zags on the world stage.
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