For the second time this month, the University of Guam women’s basketball team has landed a marquee player.
UOG signed Niah Siguenza to a partial tuition scholarship on Aug. 2. On Wednesday, the Tritons reached across Micronesia and secured Pohnpei's Jacether Andrew, who will also receive tuition assistance.
Playing for the Tritons in the upcoming 2019-2020 season, Andrew transferred from the College of Micronesia. No stranger to international play, Andrew played on the Pohnpei National Women's Basketball team at the Micronesian Games in 2014 and 2018.
In her early playing days, Andrew suited up for the Pohnpei Island Central High School, where she was a four-time champion.
Siguenza led the Saint Paul Christian School Warriors to their second straight Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam title this year.
"I wasn’t planning on playing basketball until I found out that UOG will be having their first women’s basketball team," Siguenza said. "In a way, I get to go to school and do the thing I love all over again."
When she played for the Warriors, Siguenza was a dominant force and feels that the skills she learned in high school will translate well.
"Saint Paul has prepared me to play this sport with 100% each time I’m on the court," Siguenza said. "Whether (in) practice or a game, coach (Stu) Schaefer and coach (Paul) Pineda disciplined me to do all the little things first, and then it’ll lead up to the big things. I know what they taught me will benefit me immensely when I play. They prepared me for this opportunity, even though I didn’t know I’d be going for college ball."
The Tritons will open their season at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the UOG Calvo Field House. In the opening game, UOG will play against a seasoned Guam national women's masters team.