Former George Washington women's basketball standout Tara Booker ('13) recently completed her first professional season overseas with a pair of teams in Luxembourg and Australia.
After finishing up her master's degree at GW, Booker joined Telstar Hesperange, a top team in Luxembourg's second division, in January. She was brought in for the playoffs, where the top teams from Division 2 play the bottom teams from Division 1 for a chance to move up.
"We had to beat three of the Division 1 teams and we had only beaten two (entering the last game)," Booker said. "The last game we played the best Division 1 team and we ended up winning and moving up. It was an awesome game."
Booker led Telstar with 26 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in that game, a 58-49 win over Sparta Bertrange. For the season, the former Colonial averaged a team-best 17.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.5 blocks in six games.
With basketball only taking up about four days of her week, Booker made sure to take advantage of her surroundings; Luxembourg is a small country in Western Europe bordered by Belgium, Germany and France.
"Luxembourg is great; it's beautiful," she said. "Every weekend I could go to a different place. I went to Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, a couple different places in Germany. Basketball has truly blessed me with the opportunity to travel, explore, learn and meet some amazing people."
After her three months in Luxembourg, Booker spent six weeks in Australia playing for the Bulleen Boomers, a semi-pro team in Melbourne. In three games with the Boomers, she averaged 17.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks and shot 55.8 percent from the floor.
"The competition in Australia was great. I loved playing with the team," she said. "We had an awesome point guard and a great big body (inside) that left me open to shoot."