Nevada’s Terae ‘Gumby’ Briggs to play pro ball in Europe
Former Nevada women’s basketball standout Terae Briggs will play professionally in Europe this season.
Briggs signed a contract to play for Mark Basket Marbo, a women’s basketball team in Kinna, Sweden. She will make the 5,000 mile trip on Friday to join the club this upcoming season.
“Well it’s official and the wait is over, I am going to Sweden to play professional basketball!” Briggs said in a press release on Tuesday. “I am beyond excited to begin my rookie year!”
Briggs’ lanky 6-foot-3 frame can make an impact on both ends of the floor. She earned the nickname “Gumby” for her aptitude to seemingly elongate her limbs to clasp rebounds.
“The girls call her Gumby,” Nevada coach Amanda Levens said last season. “She comes up with these rebounds that don’t make any sense. She reaches out and has you wondering how she can go so far with her body, kind of like rubber.”
In three seasons with the Wolf Pack, Briggs tallied 993 points and 692 rebounds with career averages of more than 10 points and seven rebounds per game. Her career rebounding total ranks seventh in program history, while her career field goal percentage of 51.2 ranks fourth.
Briggs is a Native American from the Crow Nation. Her ancestry had an impact on her decision coming out of Plenty Coups High School. Before her tenure at Nevada, she enrolled at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, a tribal community with an enrollment of less than 1,000 students.
“I’m so used to being around other natives that it just felt like home to me going to United Tribes,” Briggs said last season. “It felt like a natural choice.”
Briggs’ heavy basketball background stems from her hoops family tradition. Terae has two aunts, uncles and three cousins who played college basketball. She’ll make a new tradition of her own as the only member to play professionally.
“I’ve been around basketball my whole life,” she said. “I started competition in fifth grade. Growing up and learning the game from my aunts and uncles made me want to play basketball even more.”
Following a successful collegiate career at Nevada, Briggs will get her first taste of professional basketball overseas.
— Isaiah Burrows
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Tahoe Onstage sportswriter Isaiah Burrows also is a general assignment reporter for CarsonNow.org, an online news source in Carson City. He is a journalism major at the University of Nevada, Reno, where is the sports editor of the Sagebrush student newspaper. He is the Reno Aces beat writer for Tahoe Onstage.