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Danish guard chooses Seawolves

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 05/16/2011
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ANCHORAGE – Another international talent has committed to play for the University of Alaska Anchorage as women’s basketball coach Tim Moser announced Monday that Gritt Ryder has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Seawolves.

Ryder, a 5-10 guard from Rungsted Kyst, Denmark, has been one of the top players for her country’s age-group national teams the past three years. In 2010, she averaged 16.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals, and shot 79 percent from the free throw line at the European Under-18 Championships in Romania. She was the tournament’s fourth-leading scorer, posting a high game of 24 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists in a 65-57 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Ryder – who will have four years of eligibility at UAA – was also on the Danish U-16 squad at the 2008 European Championships in Bulgaria, where she averaged 7.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.5 spg, and shot 80 percent at the charity stripe.

 “Gritt is a very determined young woman who is focused on success both in the classroom and on the court,” said Moser, who has led the Seawolves to 135 victories and two Final Four appearances in five seasons. “She is one of those rare players who makes her teammates better. Her ability to see the game, her toughness and ability to score give her the potential to be a very special player in our league. We couldn't be more excited that Gritt picked UAA as her school. Her future here looks very promising.”

Last season, Ryder averaged 10.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.1 spg for the Horsholm 79ers club team, helping her squad to a 13-8 record and runner-up finishes in the Dame Ligaen regular season and playoffs.

Ryder and fellow signee Bruna Deichmann (Brazil) are the eighth and ninth international players signed by Moser, including returning senior Hanna Johansson (Sweden).

Ryder is the fifth signee for the Seawolves’ 2011-12 recruiting class, joining JC transfers Deichmann (G, 5-9, Balneario-Camboriu, Brazil/Coll. of Eastern Utah) and Haley Holmstead (G, 5-8, American Fork, Utah/Salt Lake CC), and fellow incoming freshmen Jessica Madison (G, 5-8, Port Angeles, Wash.) and Katie Richens (G, 5-8, Roosevelt, Utah/Union HS).

The Seawolves are coming off a 27-7 season in which they advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament 2nd Round and won the inaugural Great Northwest Athletic Tournament title.

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