SEATTLE – (August 13) Seattle University women’s basketball product Jacinta Beckley has signed with the Budapest University Athletics Club (Budapesti Egyetemi Atletikai Club) in Hungary and will begin her pro career next month. Beckley is coming off a gold-medal-winning turn with the New Zealand national team at the William Jones Cup last month.
"Playing professional basketball (or any sport) is something every kid dreams of," said Beckley. "I'm beyond excited to be another step closer to fulfilling my dreams. I can't wait to get to Hungary, meet my new coaches and teammates, and get to work."
In her senior year, Beckley put together her best season as a Redhawk. She notched All-WAC Second Team recognition, playing a key role on SU’s WAC Championship team. Beckley, a native of Wellington, New Zealand, averaged 12.3 points per game and sank 50 three-pointers. She scored a career-high 25 points in a win over New Mexico State on Jan. 18.
"Jacinta had a solid senior season and she remained committed during the spring in elevating her game and her overall strength and conditioning," said Seattle University women's basketball coach Suzy Barcomb. "With her success with the New Zealand team at the Jones Cup, I’m not surprised she was able to sign a professional contract. It's rewarding for her and our program. We are so very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to following her success."
Last month, Beckley played for the New Zealand national team, starting all five games as the Tall Ferns won the William Jones Cup for the first time ever.
BEAC Ujbuda plays in the top division in Hungary’s pro league.