Former Viking Pinske signs pro hoop contract

Megan Pinske

Nov. 8, 2011

TORONTO, Ontario - Former Western Washington University women's basketball player Megan Pinske has signed a one-year contract with the TV Saarlouis Royals in Germany's Damen Basketball Bundesliga League. Making that announcement was Slan Sports Management.

Pinske, a 5-foot-9 point guard, was a first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star and a conference all-academic choice as a senior last season. She averaged 10.6 points and 4.1 assists in helping the Vikings to a 26-4 record, the regular-season conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division II West Regional.

During her three-year WWU career, Pinske had 617 points, shooting 40.5 percent (64-of-158) from 3-point range, 279 rebounds and 241 assists.

Before transferring to WWU, Pinske played one season at the University of British Columbia.

For the last five years, Pinske has been a part of the Canadian National Team Program at all levels. In 2009, she played her first game with the Canadian Senior Women's National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Brazil. In the summer of 2011, Pinske represented Canada at the FISU Games in China and more recently at the Pan-American Games in Mexico.

"After playing at the collegiate and international levels for the past four years I'm very excited to start my professional career," said Pinske. "I can't wait to get to Saarlouis and help the team in any way that I can."

A native of Coquitlam, B.C., Pinske has already departed Canada en route to Germany. TV Saarlouis Royals currently have a 1-6 record and are tied for 11th in the league standings. They sit just two games out of a playoff spot.

"We hope Megan will bring stability to our back court play," said Saarlouis Head Coach, Rene Spandauw. "We are a very talented team, but young and inexperienced. Megan's experience with the Canadian National Teams should be very helpful."

Pinske's first game with the Royals will be against BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel on Nov. 11, 2011.