Women's Basketball Adds Transfer Sydney Zambrotta

June 6, 2018

WASHINGTON - Sydney Zambrotta, a sharp-shooting guard from North Babylon, N.Y., has joined George Washington women's basketball after two seasons at Louisville. The former four-star recruit played in 62 games with the Cardinals, highlighted by a run to the NCAA Final Four last season.

Zambrotta will sit out the 2018-19 season per NCAA regulations and then have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

"We are thrilled to welcome Sydney to our GW family," head coach Jennifer Rizzotti said. "I've been watching Sydney since she was a young high school player in New York and have always loved her game. She is competitively driven, she's a student of the game and after two seasons at Louisville, she knows what it takes for a team to compete for championships at a high level.

"I'm excited about the versatility Syd can offer at the guard position. Although she's known as a tremendous shooter, she has the basketball IQ of a point guard, which will allow her to both facilitate and score in our offense. I look forward to getting her on campus, so she can begin the next chapter of her career."

"I chose GW because of the superior academics, incredible teammates and unparalleled coaching staff," Zambrotta said. "They are a community that I feel privileged to be a part of; they are a family that is allowing me in. What an honor! Raise High!"

Zambrotta averaged 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds over 10.4 minutes in 33 games last season, helping Louisville to 36 wins and a Final Four berth via the Lexington Regional. The 5-foot-9 guard saw action in 29 games during her first collegiate season as the Cardinals advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

Over the past two seasons, Zambrotta totaled 46 3-pointers, connecting on 35.7 percent of her long-range attempts.

Coming out of high school, Zambrotta was tabbed by espnW Hoopgurlz as the No. 56 recruit nationally and 16th-best point guard in the Class of 2016 after a decorated career at New York City power Christ the King.

Zambrotta piled up more than 2,000 points during her scholastic career and twice garnered All-State honors from the New York State Sportswriters Association. As a junior, she helped the Royals claim a Catholic High School Athletic Association state title.

In 2014, Zambrotta earned national exposure with an invitation to U.S. Women's U-17 National Team trials. She first garnered headlines for her play as an eighth-grader in 2012 when she set the Long Island single-game varsity record with 63 points.

Zambrotta joins previously-announced incoming freshmen Tori Hyduke, Maddie Loder, Kayla Mokwuah and Mayowa Taiwo as new additions to the GW roster.



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