Gonzaga Adds 6-5 Transfer Anamaria Virjoghe
SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga women’s basketball announced the signing of sophomore transfer Anamaria Virjoghe on Friday.
Virjoghe, a 6-5 post player from Targoviste, Romania, played her freshman season in 2017-18 at Northwest Christian University, an NAIA school in Eugene, Ore.
She was named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, the first All-American in the history of NCU women’s basketball, along with being named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Conference. Virjoghe led the Beacons with 461 points on the season, averaging 15.4 points per game while also averaging 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest. Of the 60 players named to the First, Second, and Third Teams and the honorable mention list, Virjoghe was one of just two freshmen selected and one of only eight underclassmen. She helped the Beacons to their best season in school history with their first trip to the NAIA National Championships in March. NCU finished the year at 23-7, setting single-season records for wins, conference wins, consecutive wins, points, field goals, and rebounds.
“We are really excited that Ana is joining our program,” Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier said. “She has a skill set that fits very well in our system. The way she can score around the basket and in the midrange, reminds me a lot of former post players at Gonzaga who had tremendous success. She has a great work ethic and will continue to improve. We are thrilled to welcome Ana to the Zag family!”
Virjoghe was the only underclassman on this year’s All-CCC team. This season, she played and started all 30 games for the Beacons, shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 71.2 percent from the foul line. She added 37 assists, just over one per game, and had 17 steals.
She scored in double figures in 24 games, scoring 20 points or more seven times, and totaling a career-high of 27 on two separate occasions. She recorded three double-doubles on the year. Virjoghe ended the season eighth in the country in blocks per game and 33rd in field goal percentage.
The Zags faced Northwest Christian this past season in their exhibition game at the McCarthey Athletic Center on November 5. Virjoghe started and had seven points, two rebounds, and two steals, on three-of-seven shooting, in 18 minutes of action in that game.
Hailing from Romania, Virjoghe was the MVP of the U18 National Championships in 2017, playing for the Romanian U18 National Team.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, she will redshirt the upcoming 2018-19 season and have three seasons of eligibility remaining at Gonzaga, beginning when she steps on the court in the 2019-20 season.