SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball program has signed Kristine Brance of Chipola College to a National Letter of Intent it was announced by head coach Carlene Mitchell on Thursday.
Brance, a 5'7'' guard from Riga, Latvia, previously played at nationally ranked Chipola College (Florida).
"Kristine is an experienced guard that can score in a variety of ways, she
gives us a pure 3 point shooter," Mitchell said. "Her international experience combined with playing for nationally ranked Chipola College and Coach Greg Franklin (previously an assistant coach at Mississippi State) will bring a toughness and high basketball IQ to our team."
For the Indians last season, Brance started 33 of 34 games and shot 39 percent from the field and 36 percent from the three-point line. Despite being on a team loaded with offensive weapons, she was still Chipola's second leading scorer, averaging 14.2 points per game to go along with her 3.4 rebounds per game average.
Brance also led the Indians by shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line.
Her scoring ability helped lead her team to an Elite Eight berth in the NJCAA Woman's National Basketball Tournament in which she was a Second Team All-Tournament selection.
In addition to her experience at Chipola, she also represented her native Latvia on the country's U20 team in the 2011 European Championships.
UCSB is not done on the recruiting trail yet as they still plan to add an additional player during the late signing period.