Quakers Get Big East Transfer in Sarah Bucar

PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania head women’s basketball coach Patrick Knapp has announced that West Virginia sophomore guard Sarah Bucar has been accepted to Penn and will transfer for the upcoming fall semester.

Per NCAA regulations, Bucar will sit out all of next season and be eligible to compete in games for the Quakers in 2007-08. She will, however, be allowed to practice with the team throughout the 2006-07 season.

“We are tremendously excited about Sarah’s decision to transfer to Penn,” said Knapp. “She is a very talented player who is strong and quick. She has a fine 3-point shot and can run the show from the point. Sarah will be a great addition to our team when she is available for the 2007-08 season.”

Bucar was a highly recruited athlete coming out of Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she was ranked the No. 1 senior in Western Pa., by the Super Girls’ scouting service. She led her team to the PIAA Class 4A State Championship as a senior, a team which finished 17th in the 2005 USA Today girls basketball poll.

The 5-5 guard had originally made a verbal commitment to attend Georgetown, then coached by Knapp, but withdrew when he took the head post at Penn.

As a freshman, Bucar appeared in 31 games for the Mountaineers, averaging 14.1 minutes per contest as a backup to starting point guard Ashley Powell. Her top-scoring game of the season came against Big 5 foe Villanova, as she hit two 3-pointers and added a steal against the Wildcats.