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Trio of women's basketball players moving on

VINCENNES, Ind. – The three international players on the 2018-19 Vincennes University women’s basketball team have committed to four-year programs.

Cristina de la Cruz and Ivanda Hudjakova have signed with NCAA Division II University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Sofia Besedina is headed to NAIA University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

De la Cruz (Madrid, Spain) and Hudjakova (Valmiera, Latvia) wanted to transfer to the same school.

“We were looking from the very beginning for somewhere we could go together because of everything we have in common,” de la Cruz said. “We’re both from Europe. We became best friends and roommates, and we didn’t want to say goodbye just yet.”

Hudjakova, a 5-foot-11 forward, averaged 9.9 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game for the Trailblazers this past season. She was also received all-Region 24 honors.

De la Cruz, a 5-6 guard, averaged 5.5 points, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals.

“The coach (Wendy Lee) says she needs experience and that’s why they want the both of us,” Hudjakova said. “We already have two years of experience.”

Hudjakova and de la Cruz settled on Mount Olive after exploring several options.

“We thought it would be best because the academic side is really good,” de la Cruz said. “The business program is really good. They have a lot of sports at the school and we like that we’ll be surrounded by lots of athletes. It’s not far from the beach and Raleigh, North Carolina. We think we can fit into their fast-paced style of play. We took into consideration that the conference (Conference Carolinas) they play in is good. “

Besedina (Moscow, Russia) is joining a program that competed in the NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship in March.

The 6-foot forward averaged 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds for the Trailblazers sophomore year.

“They were really impressed with my highlights and transcript,” Besedina said.

Besedina, de la Cruz and Hudjakova helped the Trailblazers reach the NJCAA Division I District P Tournament championship game for the second straight year. VU finished the season 23-8 overall.


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