Scheer Signs Professional Contract With Bendigo Bank Spirit in Australia

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DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University women's basketball senior Kathleen Scheer has signed a professional contract with the Bendigo Bank Spirit of the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) in Australia.

"We think that Kathleen has the personal and playing qualities that will help us be a stronger team next season," said head coach Bernie Harrower. "When we spoke with Kathleen's coach at Duke [Joanne P. McCallie], she was full of praise and described her as having an exceptional work ethic and great leadership skills."

Scheer, who is a 6-3 wing from New Haven, Mo., saw action in 120 career contests for the Blue Devils over the last four years. She helped lead Duke to a 116-22 overall record, 50-8 mark in the ACC and a 60-2 ledger in Cameron Indoor Stadium in her career. Scheer and the Blue Devils registered two undefeated seasons in Cameron Indoor Stadium, three ACC Regular Season titles and two ACC Tournament Championships.

"I think playing for the Spirit in the WNBL will give me a great opportunity to establish myself as a professional basketball player," said Scheer. "I intend to work hard to make the most of that opportunity. I've heard great things about the way the Bendigo community supports basketball and the strengths of the Bendigo Spirit program."

The Bendigo Bank Spirit is coming off a season where it posted a 12-10 record in the WNBL. Scheer joins former Duke standout Jessica Foley in the WNBL as Foley currently plays for the Townsville Fire.

"She [McCallie] was also keen to point out that Kathleen was a far more talented scorer than her college numbers showed, primarily because she'd been asked to be more of a role player behind some exceptionally talented players at Duke," commented Harrower.

Scheer already has a connection to Bendigo. She is the cousin of highly regarded former Bendigo Braves import Luke Meyer. She is expected to join the Bendigo squad in early September.

"The task for us will be to work with Kathleen to re-establish her scoring mentality," said Harrower. "She's keen to do that and we're confident that she can be an effective scorer both in the post and all the way out to the three point line. In terms of recruiting college players, you couldn't ask for a better pedigree than to have spent four years in the Duke program."