Women's Basketball

Tarnachowicz Signs National Letter Of Intent To Play For The Minutewomen

Paula Tarnachowicz during her two-year career competing for the Panola College Fillies.

Paula Tarnachowicz during her two-year career competing for the Panola College Fillies.

April 29, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's basketball and head coach Sharon Dawley announced the signing of junior college transfer Paula Tarnachowicz (pronounced tar-na-HO-witz) to a national letter of intent on Monday morning. Tarnachowicz, a native of Poland, joins the Minutewomen after two years at Panola College in Carthage, Texas.

"I decided to play for UMass and head coach Sharon Dawley because I wanted to be part of this amazing group of people," said Tarnachowicz. "I really like the coaching staff and my future team! It is very important to me to be around positive and optimistic people."

Tarnachowicz helped the Fillies in reaching the Region XIV Conference Tournament as the No. 5 seed with a .442 field goal percentage (23-of-52) in 21 appearances, scoring 3.4 points while grabbing 2.8 rebounds per game. The native of Gdynia, Poland, also competed for Panola College during the 2011-12 season, contributing 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds over 14 appearances.

"We are thrilled that Paula has joined our UMass family," said Dawley. "Paula will provide depth, experience and skill to our post position. She is a very versatile player who will thrive in an up-tempo offense. We cannot wait to start working with her!"

As a junior college transfer, Tarnachowicz will be able to play immediately during the 2013-14 season and enters UMass with two years of eligibility remaining.

Name: Paula Tarnachowicz
Hometown: Gdnyia, Poland
High School: VII Sportowe Liceum
High School Coach: Bartosz Slominski
Travel Team: GTK Gdynia
Travel Coach: Andrzej Curyl
Notes: Is a transfer student from Panola College in Carthage, Texas ... Played in 35 games at Panola over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons ... Helped Panola increase its win total in each of her two seasons with the team from one victory in 2010-11 before her arrival to 14 during the 2012-13 campaign ... Is the daughter of Piotr and Beata Tarnachowicz ... Born on August 27, 1991.



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