Oregon State women add 6-7 center to basketball program

2011-05-10T14:26:00Z 2011-05-10T19:10:33Z Oregon State women add 6-7 center to basketball programCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
May 10, 2011 2:26 pm  • 

The Oregon State women's basketball team just got a lot taller.

Coach Scott Rueck on Tuesday announced the signing of 6-foot-7-inch Brazilian center Thais Pinto to the 2011-12 roster.

Pinto joins freshman guard Ali Gibson (Stockton, Calif.) and junior guard Quortni Fambro (Decatur, Ga.), junior guard Mollee Schwegler (Rainier) and junior forward ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley (Lapwai, Idaho) in Rueck's first recruiting class.

Pinto joins the program after competing at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb. Last season, Pinto led the country in field goal percentage, converting 68 percent of her attempts (100 of 148) to average 11.0 points per game, adding 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots over 20 games played.

"I am excited to announce the addition of Thais Pinto to this year's recruiting class," Rueck said. "She is a talented and experienced international student-athlete with a bright and charming personality that will fit our program perfectly.

"To go along with her height, she is a gifted athlete, has great hands and a mature feel for the game.

"As is true with our previous signees, we expect Thais to have an immediate impact on our program. She is one more reason we're excited about our future."

At 6-7, she will be the tallest women's basketball player ever to compete for OSU and ties for the second-tallest player to ever compete in Pacific-10 Conference history.

"I chose Oregon State because I feel very comfortable with the school's environment," Pinto said. "Also, I felt very welcomed when I visited. I'm very excited to come there because I feel that Oregon State will send me in the right path with my major, as well as athletics."

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