Tom Miller / Forum News Service, Published July 12 2013
UND adds 6-3 Australian to women's basketball rosterGRAND FORKS – About 10 years ago, Travis Brewster and Craig Mansfield were assistants under then-University of North Dakota women’s basketball head coach Gene Roebuck.
The career paths of Brewster and Mansfield have gone in different directions, but the two have remained in contact over the years.
That connection has led UND to add 6-foot-3 Australian center Samantha Roscoe, who will be eligible immediately.
Mansfield, who was a UND graduate assistant (2003-05), now is the head coach of the Kalamunda Suns in the WABL. Brewster, meanwhile, took over for Roebuck last season.
“Craig asked what we were looking for in the next few years, and we went back and forth,” Brewster said. “It just happened to be the right timing for both of us. I know Craig very well and he understands what we’re trying to do here.”
Roscoe posted averages of 8 points, 5 rebounds and nearly 3 blocks per game playing for WA Metropolitan at the 2012 U18 Australian Junior Championships.
Her accolades include playing on Western Australia’s U20 State team this past season and the U18 State teams the previous two years. Playing for the Stirling Senators of the WABL, she was an all-star selection in 2012 and was named the team’s MVP in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She also earned the team’s Most Improved Player award.
“Sam is an exciting talent that can impact a game on both ends of the floor,” Mansfield said. “Most importantly, she is a great character, hard worker and a player that stands up under pressure.”
Brewster said he expects Roscoe to have an immediate impact.
“I’m excited to have a player of that caliber,” Brewster said. “She can create matchup problems because of her size and athletic ability. She can get up and down the floor. She runs more like a guard. I don’t look at her as a pure on-the-block player.”
Brewster said Roscoe reminds him of another former UND player from Australia – Cara DeMaine who played at UND from 2002-04.
“She’s going to be a good addition to the family,” Brewster said.
Roscoe joins a recruiting class which includes 6-foot-3 center Erin O’Toole of Minneapolis, 5-9 guard Leah Szabla of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and 6-0 guard Madison Kraemer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
North Dakota will announce its 2013-14 season roster in the coming weeks, welcoming back eight letterwinners. The group consists of four seniors including UND’s leading scorer and rebounder from a year ago, All-Big Sky honorable mention Madi Buck.
Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald