Women's Basketball Signs Christiana Gerostergiou from Greece
ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine head women's basketball coach Richard Barron has announced the signing of Christiana Gerostergiou. Gerostergiou, a native of Greece, will join the Black Bears in the fall of 2014.
"We are very excited to add Christiana to a our roster," commented Barron. "Christiana is a big guard with deep shooting range. She can attack the basket with either hand and has a solid post-up game. She is a solid athlete and a blue-collar defender and rebounder. Christiana's skill set and athleticism remind me a great deal of Liz Wood. Her versatility and size make her a great fit for our system."
Gerostergiou, a 5-10 forward, was twice selected as a top five National Team player, earning the honor in 2012 at the U16 National Finals and again in 2014 at the U18 Nationals. Gerostergiou was the top scorer in the U18 nation in 2014, for players who competed in both women leagues and U18, with 501 points. Most recently, Gerostergiou guided her team to the U18 National School Championship, dropping 20 points on Ano Liosia along the way.
Gerostergiou, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece, helped lead both her U16 and U18 teams to North Greece Championships and fourth place finishes in the National Finals. Highlighting her individual performances were a 24 point showing in the U18 National Finals with Ptolemaida basketball club in 2014 and an 18 point showing at the U16 European Finals with the National Team.
Gerostergiou, who competed at Aristotelio high school, was a two-time captain with Iraklis WBC and a vice-captain of her U16 National Team.
"With this class, our team gets bigger and more athletic while maintaining the high level of ball handling and shooting skills that have allowed for our offensive improvement," added Barron. "We're excited about the coming years for the program and Christiana, along with the other four newcomers, is a big part of our excitement."
The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.