Women's Basketball Alums Ink Pro Deals
Caira Washington and Lauren Chase Cooper headed overseas to begin professional careers
WASHINGTON - A pair of George Washington women's basketball alums have signed contracts and will head overseas this fall to begin their professional careers.
Washington recently inked a deal to play for Ciudad De Los Adelantados in Tenerife, Spain.
"I'm excited for this new chapter in my life, but am also a little nervous," said Washington. "I'm excited and blessed to have the opportunity to travel while continuing to play the game that I love. Being thousands of miles away from home will be a big adjustment, but I know I will have a lot of love and support from my family and friends."
The Brandywine, Md., native started 124 of her 126 games played during a decorated four-year career at GW. She concluded her tenure averaging 12.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and is only the second player in program history with 1,000 points (1,234) and 1,000 rebounds (1.063).
Cooper is headed to Copenhagen, Denmark, to play for SISU Copenhagen, one of the country's oldest and mosts successful basketball clubs.
"This opportunity is a blessing for me, and with the support of my husband and family, it definitely made me extremely comfortable with pursuing my dream and passion," said Cooper. "I'm excited to get back on the court and call myself a professional basketball player. I have always wanted to say this about myself and it is important for me to set an example for others to pursue their dreams. I sat out a year and realized a huge part of me was missing, and it was my passion for playing the game of basketball. There is a happiness, joy and confidence about this next journey in my life, and I am so thankful."
The Bowie, Md., native finished her career with 479 assists, including 316 across two seasons at GW, and currently ranks 17th all-time among Colonials in the category. Her 196 helpers during the 2015-16 campaign still stand as the fourth-highest, single-season total in program history. She was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team selection and a member of the A-10 All-Defensive Team in 2015-16, in addition to being an All-Academic Team member in 2016-17.
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