HAMDEN, Conn. – Former Quinnipiac women's basketball standout Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) will begin her professional career overseas in Germany, as the 5-11 forward has signed a contract with DJK Brose Bamberg in Germany. Terms of the contracts have not been disclosed.
The Missouri native has inked a deal with DJK Brose Bamberg – a club that plays in the Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL) Second Division, the second-highest tiered league in Germany – for the upcoming 2014-15 season. She is set to depart for the city of Bamberg in mid-August where she will begin preseason training.
"I am thrilled to have signed and glad that I can finally look forward to something real," McQuain said following her announcement. "Graduating and having uncertain plans is really hard and I took a lot of blows to my confidence, so to be able to say that I am finally doing something and it is a secure plan is very reassuring. I get a chance to get paid to do what I love, and in a brand new culture and beautiful city. I am beyond lucky."
McQuain graduated from Quinnipiac this past May after a four-year standout career with the Bobcats that included a 2013 Northeast Conference Championship as well as trips to three straight postseason tournaments. McQuain posted career averages of 11.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and just under one block per game.
A two-time All-Conference performer, McQuain really made a mark for herself as a key piece on the Bobcats' 2012-13 team that went undefeated in NEC play en route to the NEC Championship and first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. In the 2013-14 campaign, McQuain averaged a career-best 13.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting with 9.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game as she led Quinnipiac to the MAAC Championship Game in the Bobcats' first season in the new conference.
With her announcement, McQuain also makes a little history as she becomes the first Quinnipiac women's basketball alum to sign a professional contract since Ashlee Kelly ('04) in 10 years. Kelly, currently entering her sixth-year as the associate head coach at Iona College, played professionally for the Perik Jumpers in Holland during the 2004-05 season.
"Our Coaching Staff is so excited for and proud of Brittany!" said Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri. "This is exactly what she wanted to do upon graduation from Quinnipiac - continue her playing career overseas. I believe this will be the first a many contracts she will sign during her playing career."
A four-year starter for the Bobcats, McQuain didn't miss a game throughout her Quinnipiac career and finished with the most games played (129) of any player in program history. Over her four-year career, McQuain finished in a tie for Quinnipiac's 5th-highest all-time scorer (1,439), 2nd in rebounding (1,109), 6th in blocked shots (116), 5th in made field goals (571) and 9th in made free throws (297).
"I went through a lot of ups and downs throughout my senior year about leaving QU," McQuain said. "This place is home for me, I love it here. However, after you graduate and you are forced to move on it's really eye opening and you understand that you have so many other opportunities waiting for you. I have made friends for life here and I have so many memories that I will carry forever. Being a part of Coach Fabbri's basketball team and playing at the D1 level is one of the greatest opportunities I have ever gotten, and because of that I am able to do so many things that other people don't get to experience. I am so grateful for everything that this University has done for me, and I am going to miss it here so much."
McQuain joins a Bamberg roster coached by Ulf Schabacker that includes American-born point guard Jessica Miller who was a three-time All-Horizon League standout for the University of Illinois at Chicago having last played in 2009-10. The 14-player lineup from the 2013-14 Bamberg squad includes nine Germans, three American, one Estonian and one Bulgarian. Quinnipiac's former 5-11 forward immediately brings depth on the frontcourt for Bamberg which ranked near the bottom of the DBBL in rebounding last season.
The recent Quinnipiac Class of 2014 alum brings some much needed size to Bamberg, a franchise that is moving back into the DBBL Second Division following a two-year stint in the First Division where the team put together a record of 13-31. Bamberg rejoins the DBBL's Second Division South, a 12-team league that competes for the German Cup which the franchise last won in 2011-12 thus earning a move-up to the First Division.
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