Jennifer Risper & Christina Wirth, shown after winning the 2009 SEC Championship, will be reunited in Romania.
Sept. 20, 2012
Three former Vanderbilt women's basketball players will be on the court when Romania's Division A women's professional league opens.
Wirth played for the Commodores from 2005-09 and is the ninth leading scorer in program history (1,596 points). In addition to her 11.8 points per game, Wirth averaged 4.4 rebounds per contest over her career. She earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior, as well as third team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA and a postgraduate scholarship from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Risper also played for Vanderbilt from 2005-09, scoring 876 career points and grabbing 549 career rebounds. Known primarily for her defense, Risper earned National Defensive Player of the Year honors from the WBCA.
The duo helped Vanderbilt to the SEC Tournament Championship and a berth in the Sweet 16 as seniors. It marked the second SEC Tournament Championship during their four years in Nashville, as they also won the event in 2007.
Rhoads was with the Commodores from 2007-11 and started 110 of 130 games during her four years. She averaged 8.7 points per game over her career, while dishing out 547 assists. She led the team in assists all four seasons and has dished out the third-most assists in program history.
Rhoads started alongside Risper and Wirth on the 2009 squad that won the SEC Tournament and reached the Sweet 16.
Since leaving Vanderbilt, all three have had a wide range of professional experience.
Wirth and Risper were both drafted by the WNBA in 2009 by Indiana and Chicago, respectively. Wirth played on the 2009 Fever team, which reached the WNBA Finals. Ripser has been in two WNBA training camps with Indiana and Chicago.
In addition to their WNBA experience, Wirth and Risper have played professionally together in Slovakia and Portugal.
Rhoads played her first professional season last year in Iceland.
For more information on the Romanian Division A women's professional league, visit Eurobasket.com/Romania (site in English).
Marsh heads to Germany
In addition to the trio of Commodores in Romnia, Merideth Marsh has joined the TV Saarlouis Royals in Saarlouis, Germany. The team plays in the Damen-Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL).
Marsh played for the Commodores from 2006-10 and is the school's all-time leader in three-pointers made and attempted. She hit 256 career threes on 653 attempts over her four years. She is also tied for the most three-pointers in a single game (eight).
The Louisville native earned Second Team All-SEC honors as a senior after leading the team with 15.1 points per game. She was the 31st member of the 1,000-point club, scoring 1,332 career points. She was also an All-SEC honoree as a junior and part of SEC Tournament Championship teams in 2007 and '09.
The complete roster has yet to be released, but action begins on September 29. The Royals compete in the DBBL's second (lower) league as members of the south division.
For Vanderbilt's German speaking fans, the website is ddbl.de.