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Maryland women sign junior-college All-American guard Sara Vujačić

The Maryland women’s basketball team has signed junior-college All-American guard Sara Vujačić, coach Brenda Frese announced Wednesday.

Vujačić, the sister of former NBA guard Sasha Vujačić, a 2004 first-round draft pick who played 11 seasons in the league, moved from her native Maribor, Slovenia, to the United States to pursue opportunities in education and basketball.

After a stellar year at Motlow State (Tenn.), Vujačić transferred to Walters State (Tenn.), where she averaged 16.7 points per game on 46 percent shooting, including over 45 percent from 3-point range.

She will have two years of eligibility remaining at Maryland, which ESPN ranked No. 7 in its early top 25 for next season.

"We are thrilled to welcome Sara into our Maryland family,” Frese said in a release. “She is a perfect fit to our winning culture for our team and program. She will bring a level of maturity, experience and poise to the table. She was recently named a first-team All-American and is a deadly knockdown shooter that is extremely competitive. She will be able to stretch the defenses with her length and ability to score. We couldn't be more excited to add someone like Sara into our program."

Vujačić also shot 80 percent from the foul line while averaging 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.7 assists per game. She helped lead the Senators to a 30-6 record and the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national tournament quarterfinals.

“I have decided to attend University of Maryland because of their strong academics and basketball program,” Vujačić said in the release. “I was able to meet with the coaching staff and the team, and I really liked their clear vision and the hard-working atmosphere. I am very confident that we will do great things, and I can't wait to join the team.”

Vujačić joins an incoming recruiting class ranked No. 4 nationally. The Terps previously had signed high school standouts Shakira Austin, Taylor Mikesell and Olivia Owens.

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