Former Longhorns find new opportunities at home and abroad

13 Oct By
College World Series

Around the same time, Higgs had been given a different kind of opportunity. Undrafted by the WNBA, Higgs received notoriety on the international stage, when she signed a contract to travel across the Atlantic and suit up for Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre P.D.M., a Spanish team in the Endesa Women's League. 

Former Texas guard Lashann Higgs joined Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre P.D.M. after going undrafted by the WNBA (photo courtesy of Club Baloncesto Bembibre P. D. M.)

“It was a culmination of all her hard work and it is something she always wanted to do, play basketball after college,” Washington said. “For her to get there and for everybody who has ever traveled overseas, whether it be for vacation, or business, it is an amazing experience because it broadens your world view. She is excited to experience this ‘difference’ — different culture, different life.”

It is not uncommon for women’s basketball players to play overseas, partly for the cultural exposure, for additional income (international teams often pay better than WNBA teams do) and for the chance to keep playing the sport for a living.

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Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley