Depiro BC’s women’s side announced the signing of Malta international Kristy Galea on Tuesday. This means that after a number of years within the American National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Galea returns to Malta to rejoin the MAPFRE MSV Life Championship.
In a statement, club CEO Ruben Baldacchino referred to Galea as a ‘role model’.
“Kristy (Galea) is the kind of player our club wants our young girls to follow as a role model. Excelled in both basketball and academics while playing at the highest levels of college basketball in the USA. We are sure that her addition will boost our women’s team for the upcoming season,” the statement read.
Galea, who most recently played the Milligan Buffaloes in the NAIA, primarily the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC), joins after her senior year in College ball.
At Milligan, Galea averaged 26.7 mins on court per game, scoring 8.6 points, grabbing 4.5 boards, and 2.5 assists.
The Malta guard was also part of coach Angela Adamoli’s National Team selection for both the latest edition of the FIBA Small Countries Games and the Games of the Small States of Europe.
Depiro will be hoping that such a signing helps the side climb further up in the table in the coming season when facing the challenge of powerhouses Caffe Moak Luxol and Starlites Naxxar, the teams that lead the standings throughout the past few seasons.
The Mtarfa side, then led by Fetih Dedeoglu who is now said to be close to joining Starlites to replace Charlie Bonnici, finished third in the regular season. They then fell to eventual league winners Starlites in the semifinals.
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