THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach Nell Fortner announced Sarah Bates has signed a grant-in-aid for the 2019-20 season. A 5-9 redshirt-sophomore guard from Fresno, Calif., Bates redshirted last season at Kansas State and will have three years of eligibility remaining on The Flats.
“We are extremely excited about adding Sarah Bates to our roster,” said Fortner. “She will be a tremendous three-point shooting threat for us, which is something that we need here at Georgia Tech. We are looking forward to having her energy and her high basketball IQ on the floor along with her shooting prowess.”
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Bates sat out last season at Kansas State after transferring from UC Santa Barbara where she played her freshman season (2017-18). During her inaugural collegiate season, Bates played in 29 games with 25 starts for the Gauchos and averaged 10.9 points per game, ranking 14th in the Big West Conference in scoring. Against Big West opponents, Bates averaged 13.1 points per game to rank 13th in the league in scoring.
She shot 41.2 percent from three-point range, going 61-for-148 to lead UC Santa Barbara and rank fourth in the Big West in three-point field goals made. She finished the season with 82 assists, 69 rebounds, 17 steals and 16 double-figure scoring games, including four games with 20 or more points. She opened her collegiate career scoring 25 points at Northern Arizona and matched her season-high again at UC Davis later in the season.
A native of Fresno, Calif., Bates was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Clovis West High School where she was a four-time All-TRAC honoree, three-time All-CIF selection and an All-State choice as a senior. After leading the Golden Eagles to a 34-2 record and the CIF Open Division State Championship as a senior, Bates graduated ranking third all-time in scoring and fourth all-time in assists in school history.
ACC Network – Coming Aug. 22
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