Former Kansas University women’s basketball center Krysten Boogaard recently signed a professional contract to play basketball in Nice, France.
The 6-foot-5 post player will depart the country in early August to suit up for Cavigal Nice for the 2011-12 season.
Boogaard, a Regina, Saskatchewan, native who played at KU from 2008-11, finished her four-year career with 1,051 total points. She was the 22nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Boogaard also played in 132 games, which is the second most among any other Jayhawk. For her career, Boogaard averaged 8.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and hit 54 percent of her shots.
“It’s important to me to continue the goals I set for myself when I was younger,” Boogaard said in a press release. “This is something I have always wanted to achieve because of the opportunities on the court and the cultural experiences off of it.”
Added KU coach Bonnie Henrickson, from the release: “I am really excited for Krysten and her opportunity to play at the next level. In one of the first conversations I ever had with Krysten, she said she wanted to play professionally overseas one day. I am so proud of her that she is getting the opportunity she has always wanted.”
Cavigal Nice is one of 14 teams in the Ligue Feminine De Basketball (LFB), which began play during the 1998-99 season. Boogaard will suit up for her first game with her new club as it open its season on Sept. 24 versus Bourges.