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UB women's hoops team signs 6-foot-5 center from Netherlands


The University at Buffalo women's basketball team landed a big - as in very tall - top prospect from the Netherlands, the university announced Monday.

Mirte Scheper, a 6-foot-5 center from Amstelveen, the Netherlands, signed a National Letter of Intent to join Coach Felisha Legette-Jack's team.

Scheper has played on both the U16 and U18 Netherlands national teams and currently participates in the national development program, CTO Amsterdam, of the Netherlands Basketball Federation. It's supported by the country's Olympic Committee.

"We are thrilled to add Mirte Scheper to our women's basketball team," said Legette-Jack. "Mirte is going to add the ability to alter shots to the back line of our defense. I love the way she runs the floor and gets after the defensive side of the ball."

Scheper visited UB over the weekend. She will graduate from secondary school in June. She becomes the fifth international player on the UB roster, joining four Australians.

"Mirte will represent the Netherlands in Russia this summer," said Legette-Jack in a statement. "Her international experience is going to be helpful to our team as well."

"Myrtle is very ambitious, both on the field and in terms of study. We are very pleased and proud that we were able to find her an ideal combination in which they can develop further in both areas," CTO coach Remy de Wit said in a release on the club's website.

UB's women last week announced the signing of 5-10 Cincinnati-area guard Kandace Satterwhite.

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