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Hofstra’s Evans Signs Professional Contract In Bulgaria

Jun 28, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

Former Hofstra forward Shante Evans has signed a professional contract to play with Dunav 8806 in the Bulgarian League, Hofstra Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey announced today.

Evans, who exhausted her collegiate eligibility this spring, will join a Dunav 8806 squad that is a three-time Bulgarian League champion, including a title in the 2013 season and made an appearance in the 2012-13 Eurocup.

“I am excited for Shante to have the opportunity to play on one of the top European teams in the league,” Kilburn-Steveskey said. “She has worked hard to earn this spot, and this will provide a platform for her to develop in the pro circuit and hopefully be ready for the WNBA next season.”

Evans earned three All-America selections while becoming Hofstra’s all-time career scoring and rebounding leaders in a four-year career that saw the Pride make two WNIT appearances. The West Chester, Pa. native garnered three straight All-Met Division I first-team picks.

Evans ended her distinguished Hofstra career as the CAA’s all-time rebounding mark with 1,348 and had the most double-doubles (69) of any active Division I player before completing her eligibility. Hofstra retired Evans’ No. 30 jersey at the Mack Sports Complex before her final collegiate home game versus UNC Wilmington on March 3.

Evans scored in double figures in 28 of Hofstra’s 29 regular season games and notched a double-double in 35 of her last 52 career games. An ultra-durable player, the 6-foot forward played in all of Hofstra’s 137 games in her four seasons.

Named to both the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy watch lists, Evans set numerous program records this season, including the Pride’s all-time points record with 2,116. She became the first 2,000-point scorer in program history at Georgia State on Feb. 10 and averaged 16.1 points and 11.5 rebounds as a senior.

Dunav 8806 plays in 1,200 seat Dunav Hall and has qualified for three Eurocups since 2009. Last season, the team finished 19-5 and defeated Neftochimic in four games of a best-of-five finals to win the league championship.

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