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ITALEE LUCAS has signed in Spain with IDK Gipuzkoa

ITALEE LUCAS has signed in Spain with IDK Gipuzkoa

20 DEC 2017

American combo guard Italee Lucas returns to Spanish Liga Femenina after signing with IDK Gipuzkoa until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Italee is the missing piece to complete a really interesting roster that is currently in Liga Femenina 5th position with 7 wins and 5 losses.

Italee Lucas, who is not a foreigner in Spanish League, will arrive to San Sebastián in shape since she has been in competition until the end of November, playing with Interclube the African Chamipionship Cup and averaging 12.8 points, 3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 24 minutes per game.

Previously, in August 2017, Italee also played the African Championship with the Angolan National Team and she averaged 15.4 points, 5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

With her signing with IDK Gipuzkoa, Italee Lucas will have her third professional experience in Spain after averaging 17.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game with Hondarribia Irún in the 2012/13 season and 8.2 points in 22 minutes per game with Uni Girona in the 2015/16 season, recaching the Liga Femenina Finals.



CAREER

Italee Lucas played for Centennial High School and she won the State championship in 2006, scoring 42 points in the Final after averaging 22.8 points 5.2 rebounds 8.6 assists and 4.6 steals per game during the season. Italee won again the State championship in 2007 and she averaged 24.6 points 9 rebounds 3.4 assists and 3.5 steals per game, being named First Team All-American.

With the United States National Team, Italee Lucas played the U18 American Championship in 2006 and she won the Gold Medal averaging 10.8 points and 3 assists in 20 minutes per game. Italee also played the U19 World Championship and won another Gold Medal.

Italee Lucas played for North Carolina and she averaged 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game during the 2008/09 season, shining against Wake Forest (27 points) and Maryland (26 points in the ACC Semifinals).

In the 2009/10 season, Italee Lucas averaged 14.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and broke the school record for most threes scored in a game in the school history (8), being named in the Second Team ACC and shining against Michigan State (29 points), Georgia Tech (28 points) and North Carolina State (33 points).

In the 2010/11 season, Italee Lucas averaged 16.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, shining against Iowa with 34 points and being named First Team ACC.

In May 2011, Italee Lucas was selected by the Tulsa Shock with the 21st pick in the WNBA Draft.

Italee Lucas had her first professional experience during the 2011/12 season, playing in Israel for Bnot Hasharon and averaging 9.5 points in 21 minutes,

Italee Lucas started the 2012/13 season with Satu Mare and she averaged 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists with 41% from the 3 points line in Romanian League and 18 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and +19 efficiency in 21 minutes per game in the Eurocup.

In January 2013, Italee Lucas signed in Spain with Hondarribia Irún and averaged 17.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, shining against Canarias (27 points), Perfumerías Avenida (22 points 6 rebounds), Conquero (22 points) and Sedis Cadí (21 points).

In the 2013 summer, Italee Lucas signed a WNBA training camp contract with the Tulsa Shock.

In the 2013/14 season, Italee signed with Interclube and she won the African Championship, the African Supercup and the African Champions Cup in which she was also the MVP.

Italee Lucas extended her contract with Interclube for the 2014/15 season and she won again the African Cup, averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game with 40% from the 3 point line. Italee was decisive in the Final with 29 points, 10 rebounds and +27 efficiency, being named the MVP one more time.

In 2015, Italee Lucas re-signed with Interclube and she won the Angolan League.

In January 2016, Italee Lucas signed in Spain with Uni Girona and she averaged 8.2 points in 22 minutes per game, reaching the Liga Femenina Final.

In November 2016, Italee Lucas won the African Champions Cup, scoring 26 points in the Final and being named MVP. In the tournament, Italee averaged 10.1 points and 2.4 assists in 22 minutes per game with 55% from the 3 point line.

In August 2017, Italee Lucas played the Afrobasket with the Angolan National Team and she averaged 15.4 points and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes per game with 46% in three pointers, being named in the Championship First Team.

In November 2017, Italee played again the African Champions Cup and she averaged 12.8 points, 3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 24 minutes per game.