HAMDEN, Connecticut – Former Quinnipiac women's basketball standout Samantha Guastella (Red Bank, New Jersey) will begin her professional career overseas in Luxembourg, as the 6-2 forward has signed a one-year contract with BBC Etzella Ettelbruck.
The New Jersey native has inked a deal with Luxembourg Total League's BBC Etzella Ettelbruck – a club that plays in the highest ranking league in Luxembourg. Guastella is set to depart for the city of Ettelbruck in mid-August where she will begin preseason training.
"I am so excited to be playing next season professionally in Luxembourg and can't empress how grateful I am for this opportunity to continue playing the game I love," Guastella said. "After an incredible four years at Quinnipiac, I am excited for a new challenge and new experiences in Luxembourg. I'm so thankful for all that my coaches and family have done to help me become the person and player I am today!"
Guastella graduated from Quinnipiac this past May after a four-year standout career with the Bobcats that included two trips to the NCAA Tournament as well as trips to four straight postseason tournaments. A 2015 MAAC First Team selection, Guastella broke out with a sensational senior campaign wherein she started all 35 games while averaging 12.8 points (44.9 FG%, 42.0 3FG%), 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 25.3 minutes per game.
The Bobcats' do-everything forward was the only player in the country to rank in the Top 100 for three-point field goals (2.91; 10th NCAA Div. I) and blocked shots (1.83; 70th NCAA Div. I) per game. She also was one of just three players to rank in the Top 20 in three-point percentage (42.0; 14th NCAA Div. I) and three-point field goals (2.91) per game. Guastella finished her career as the all-time leader in Quinnipiac women's basketball history in three-pointers (225) and the QU Div. I (since 1998-99) in blocked shots (179).
Named one of three team captains for the 2014-15 season, Guastella's leadership on and off the court played a key role in the Bobcats' transcendent 31-4 campaign. Quinnipiac rolled through the regular season that featured a 21-game winning streak and an undefeated 20-0 conference record on the way to winning the 2015 MAAC Championship. The Bobcats received votes in both national polls (Associated Press, USA Today) while the 31 wins in 2014-15 set a new single-season program record.
"It's a great achievement for Sam as well as our program," said Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri. "Sam's passion for the game was evident when we recruited her and was always on display during her four years at Quinnipiac. The fact that she is able to fulfill one of her dreams to play professional basketball is extremely gratifying. Sam was an integral part of the success we've had over the past four years. I know she will have the same impact on her new team and we wish her all the best!"
For her career, Guastella finished with averages of 9.9 points (43.5 FG%, 39.5 3FG%), 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while appearing in 123 games throughout her four years. She was a member of the Bobcats' five-member senior class that elevated the program to new heights including 106 victories (program record), the first two conference championships in program history (2013 NEC, 2015 MAAC), the first two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2013, 2015) and four trips to national postseason tournaments (2013, 2015 NCAA; 2012, 2014 WNIT).
With her announcement, Guastella becomes the third Quinnipiac women's basketball alum to sign a professional contract. She joins an exclusive list that includes Ashlee Kelly '04 who played professionally for the Perik Jumpers in Holland during the 2004-05 season as well as former teammate Brittany McQuain '14 who played for DJK Brose Bamberg in Germany in 2014-15.
Guastella joins a roster coached by Fuger Fabienne that includes American-born small forward Jessilyn Conicelli who was a standout for Biola University in California having last played collegiately in 2010-11. Conicelli leads the Etzella Ettelbruck team in points and rebounds as her 2014-15 state line included 22 points, 17 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The nine-player lineup from the 2014-15 Etzella Ettelbruck squad included seven players with Luxembourgish nationality as well as one American and one Bulgarian. Guastella immediately brings depth on the frontcourt for Etzella Ettelbruck as she immediately becomes the tallest player on the roster.
Etzella Ettelbruck, the 2015 Luxembourg Cup Championships, is coming off a 21-3 season while claiming the Luxembourg League Regular Season Championship. Looking for its first Luxembourg League Championship since 2000, Etzella Ettelbruck entered the 2015 league tournament seeded No. 1 but was upended in the semifinal round by AB Contern.
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