UCLA graduate transfer joins Newbauer's crew

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:42 p.m.

Paulina Hersler, a redshirt junior from UCLA, has signed a SEC Agreement to join the Florida women's basketball team for the 2017-18 season, coach Cameron Newbauer announced Thursday.

Hersler, who will graduate from UCLA this spring with a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies, will have one year of eligibility remaining as a graduate student-athlete.

The 6-foot-2 forward from Malmö, Sweden, appeared in all 34 games for the Bruins during the 2016-17 season when the team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 before falling to UConn. Hersler contributed 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game and converted a steady 73.7 percent of her free throws (14-of-19) during the year.

"She brings a wealth of experience and a special skill set to our program and will have an opportunity to make an impact immediately," Newbauer said. "She was part of some special seasons at UCLA and has a confidence and maturity about her that will complement our current roster well."

Her statistic numbers increased every season with the UCLA, as she appeared in 95 games in three years and earned two starts. She redshirted the 2013-14 season.

Prior to attending UCLA, Hersler played club ball for Telge Basket, the leading basketball club in Sweden. She was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Swedish National Championship teams and was named the Rookie of the Year.

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