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Idaho's Barr Turns Pro In Native Australia

Stacey Barr is headed back to Australia to play professional basketball in Perth. Stacey Barr is headed back to Australia to play professional basketball in Perth.

by Idaho Media Relations

MOSCOW, Idaho—Stacey Barr, Idaho's all-time leader in 3-point field goals, signed a professional contract with the Women's National Basketball League's (WNBL) Perth Lynx in her home country of Australia on Wednesday. Barr and the Lynx agreed to a one-year deal.

Barr is currently playing semi-pro in Australia for the Geelong Supercats of the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), tuning up for the WNBL season. The native of Melbourne, Australia has not played since the end of the Vandals' season in March.

“I'm looking forward to heading to Perth and playing in the WNBL,” Barr said. “It is great to see all my hard work [at Idaho] is paying off, getting the opportunity to play at such a high level [in the WNBL]. I am excited for the new challenge and continue to work hard to achieve success.”

Barr earned All-American Honorable Mention honors in 2015 from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). She was voted to the WBCA All-Region Seven team, after being voted Second Team All-Conference by the Big Sky coaches. The Aussie standout became the first Vandal to garner recognition from the WBCA.

“I am really happy for Stacey and proud of her,” Idaho head coach Jon Newlee stated. “With all the hard work she has put in here at the University of Idaho, all the awards she has earned, the championships and her personal numbers and records have all translated into a great opportunity for her. It will be fantastic for her to play for a great team like the Perth Lynx and I could not be more proud of her—I think the entire Vandal Nation should be proud of what she has accomplished and excited for what she can accomplish as a professional basketball player.”

Over the course of the 2014-15 season, Barr set a school record for career 3-point field goals (268) and moved into fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1,896 points. She closed her Idaho career in the school's top-10 in scoring average (eighth/15.2 ppg), field goals made (fifth/625), free throws made (fourth/378), free throws attempted (fifth/509), rebounds (seventh/744) and games played (second/125).

She led Idaho last season with a Big Sky-best 21.3 points per game, ranking her 13th in the NCAA. Barr twice recorded a season-high of 31-points, first at then No. 9 Baylor and then three weeks later at Weber State. Idaho's season-finale win over Idaho State marked the 21st game of the season in which she eclipsed the 20-point mark. Over the course of the season she was twice awarded co-Big Sky Player of the Week. Barr, who started all 29 games for the Vandals this season, also averaged 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Barr helped the Silver and Gold to its second Western Athletic Conference Championship in her junior season. She posted averages of 26.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the WAC Tournament, helping her to Tournament MVP honors. She was selected as the Conference Player of the Year, averaging 18.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Barr came on the scene in Moscow during the 2011-12 season. She played all 31 games for Idaho averaging 10.3 points and 18.5 minutes per game. As a sophomore she started 22 of 31 games for the Vandals. She helped Idaho to its first WAC Championship, earning her first WAC Tournament MVP.

About the Lynx

Based in Perth, Western Australia, the Lynx are the only team representing Western Australia in the WNBL. The team finished 4-18 in the 2014-15 season playing as the West Coast Waves. They finished eighth in the WNBL. Of the seven players currently listed on the team's website, six come from the ranks of the NCAA. Six of the players are Australian natives. The Lynx have former WNBA talent on the roster in Sami Whitcomb (University of Washington/Chicago Sky) and 2014 Washington Mystics draft pick Carley Mijovic.

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