UConn women sign 6-foot-1 guard from Poland

Storrs — UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma announced the signing of Ania Makurat on Wednesday.

Makurat, a 6-foot-1 guard from Poland, joins Aubrey Griffin, an All-American guard from Ossining, N.Y. as the only two members of the incoming freshman class.

"We're excited to have Ania on campus this season," Auriemma said in a release. "She's a versatile perimeter player and comes in with pro and international experience. Even though she's a freshman, I think she'll bring maturity to the team. We think she's going to have an immediate impact on the roster."

Makurat, 19, played the last two seasons for Arka Gdynia in the Basket Liga Kobiet, Poland's top women's basketball league, and was the youngest player on the team. She averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game this season.

Makurat also represented Poland in the 2017 U-20 Women's European Championship, where she averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

UConn now has nine scholarship players on the roster for the 2019-20 season, including returning starters Crystal Dangerfield, Meghan Walker and Christyn Williams. The graduated a pair of consensus All-Americans in Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson.

"I know their roster," Makurat told Hearst Connecticut Media on Wednesday. "I think we're going to be a great team. ... I'm pretty sure that Coach Geno's going to make something special from this team. I'm super happy that I can be part of it. We'll do our best to win every game."


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