CORVALLIS, Ore. – Former Oregon State women’s basketball center Patricia Bright signed a professional contract with Luxol Basketball Club in Malta on Tuesday.
“This is the chance of a lifetime,” Bright said. “I am very thankful to be able to play overseas and continue my basketball career. I’ve grown not only as a person, but as a basketball player, and I feel that I can make an impact because of the experience and knowledge I’ve gained from my coaches and teammates. My family always told me, ‘never stop doing what you love because one day someone might want to hire you for it.’ I guess it’s true.”
Bright, a 6-foot-4 interior force from Phoenix, Ariz., played in 62 games the past two seasons at Oregon State, shooting 51.7 percent from the field (184-for-356) while averaging 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
She is best known, however, for the shot-blocking prowess she displayed while with the Beavers, averaging 2.7 in 20.9 minutes each contest. In just two seasons of action, she rejected 166 shots to place third all-time in Oregon State history. As a junior in 2011-12, she swatted 115 opponent attempts, the second-most in Pac-12 history and an OSU single-season record, and was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team by both the league’s coaches and media.
She averaged 8.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a junior, shooting 57.9 percent from the floor. That year she had arguably her best performance when she posted a near triple-double at Pepperdine on December 10. Bright scored 16 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked nine shots, setting the single-game school record. Her play against the Waves earned her Pac-12 Player of the Week honors from the conference office.
Bright, who averaged 6.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in 2012-13, transferred to Oregon State after spending her first two years at Pensacola State College.
Luxol plays in the seven-member Peugeot League in Malta, a southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea about 50 miles south of Sicily. It was the Maltese League Champion in 2011 and 2012 and was a finalist in 2013. It also claimed the regular-season crown in 2012 and is the two-time defending Maltese SuperCup Champion.
Bright will travel to Malta and begin the season in early September. With the signing, she becomes the third player in three years under head coach Scott Rueck to continue her career at the professional level, joining El Sara Greer and Earlysia Marchbanks, and the 22nd graduate of the Oregon State women’s basketball program to do so either overseas or in the WNBA.
“I’ve received some beneficial knowledge from Coach [Eric] Ely and Earlysia since they have both played overseas,” Bright added. “I’m ready, excited and mentally prepared for my new basketball adventure.”
After her final collegiate season in 2010-11, Greer signed with Romanian side SCM CSS Craiova, where she was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year after leading Romania's Division A in blocks (2.2 bpg) and finishing fourth in rebounds (11.0). She played last year in the Czech Republic with Trutnov and finished second in the ZBL with 9.6 rebounds per game.
Marchbanks played last year for Kerava in Finland, putting up 19.0 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She was fourth in the league in scoring, second in rebounding and was named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention.