Recent Grads Head to Europe to Play Professional Basketball

Recent graduates Katie Rollins'09 and Emily Tay'09 will continue their basketball careers overseas this fall. The two-time Ivy League champions will play for TSV Amicitia Viernheim in "I am very excited and proud that Emily and Katie join a long list of Harvard basketball players to play professionally in Europe," Harvard head coach Kathy Delaney Smith said.  "They are each very talented and will represent Harvard and the Ivy League well."

Viernheim participates in the second highest league in the German Basketball Federation. The league has a northern and a southern group divided, each of which comprise the active playing second division teams of the Federal Republic.

Rollins was a two-time Ivy League honoree and leading scored for the Crimson as a junior.  She helped the Crimson to Ivy League titles in 2007 and 2008, while shooting a league best 53.6 percent from the field during Harvard's title run in 2008. Rollins started in 22 of 26 games in her final season, averaging 7.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Tay finished her collegiate career second on Harvard's all-time assist list with 517 career helpers and posted three entries on the single season charts including, 151 in 2008-09 which ranks fifth. She scored 1,263 points to finish her career eighth on Harvard's all-time scoring list and was just the fifth Harvard player to earn first-team All-Ivy honors three times.

"We wish them the best of luck in their upcoming season and look forward to hearing about their experiences and success abroad," Delaney Smith added.

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