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Ucar Signs with Liberty Women's Hoops

May 23, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Melis Ucar comes to Liberty by way of Iowa Western Community College and Ankara, Turkey.

Melis Ucar comes to Liberty by way of Iowa Western Community College and Ankara, Turkey.

Liberty Women's Basketball Head Coach Carey Green announced that junior college transfer Melis Ucar has signed to attend Liberty University for the 2017-18 academic year.

Ucar, who played at Iowa Western Community College the past two seasons, will have two years of eligibility remaining. The 5-9 guard originally hails from Ankara, Turkey. She joins graduating high school seniors Ashtyn Baker (Nesbit, Miss.), Apilyn Bonny (Bronx, N.Y.) and Bridgette Rettstatt (Galena, Ohio) among the Lady Flames' signees for 2017-18.

Melis Ucar (G, 5-9, Ankara, Turkey)
Ucar served as a team captain during her sophomore season at Iowa Western, helping the Reivers go 24-9 and qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament. She started every game during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 7.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.7 spg to earn first team Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) All-Region honors. Ucar was named ICCAC Player of the Week on Jan. 10.

As a freshman, Ucar was named to the first team NJCAA All-Region Academic squad with a 3.77 GPA.

Ucar graduated from Bahcelievler Deneme High School in her hometown of Ankara, Turkey.

What They're Saying about Melis Ucar
"Melis has gotten our attention by the displays of her various basketball skills. Specifically at the guard position, she has a complete game with exceptional ball handling and passing skills. She always has her head up, looking for scoring opportunities for her open teammates. She penetrates well, and has the ability to make the dish off pass or finish at the rim. Melis can also make the deep three-pointer as well as defend. Her greatest attributes are the intangibles. She has maturity and a high basketball IQ to read and make quick adjustments, along with a strong work ethic and effort. We're certainly excited to have her join our family here at Liberty University." 
Carey Green, Liberty Women's Basketball Head Coach

"I'm so very proud of Melis and her decision to continue her academic and basketball career at Liberty. She is an amazing young lady and we are sad to see her leave IWCC. I truly believe she is going to do great things at the next level. We will definitely be following her and wishing her well as she begins this new journey and joins her new family at Liberty."  
Lindsey Vande Hoef, Iowa Western Women's Basketball Head Coach