Former Rocket to play professional basketball in Italy

September 10, 2012 | News, UToday
By Brian DeBenedictis


Former Toledo women’s basketball player Melissa Goodall is continuing to live out her lifelong dream of playing the sport she loves professionally.

She recently signed a contract to play for Centro Universitario Sportivo (CUS) Cagliari in Cagliari, Italy. CUS Cagliari is a member of the Italian A1 League. Her contract includes a monthly salary, room and board, and travel expenses.

Last season, Goodall played for Mencey Uni-Tenerife in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, in the Spanish Women LF2 League. She averaged 14.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assists in 25 games, shooting 51.8 percent from two-point range, 37.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe in 31.3 minutes per contest.

A four-year letterwinner for the Midnight Blue and Gold from 2007 to 2011, Goodall wrapped up her career tied for first in UT annals in games played (131), fourth in blocked shots (83), 10th in minutes played (3,161) and 16th in scoring (1,131), as well as ranked third in minutes played (1,140, 2010-11), fifth in rejections (39, 2010-11) and ninth in field goals attempted (405, 2010-11) in a single season.

As a senior, Goodall tallied 12.9 points, a team-high 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 steals in 30.8 minutes per contest, earning third-team All-MAC accolades. She played a key role in helping the Rockets win a school-record 29 games and become the first MAC basketball program to capture a national postseason tournament. UT’s historic WNIT run was capped off by a 76-68 triumph over USC in the championship game before a school and conference women’s basketball record 7,301 fans.

The 2010-11 tri-captain finished seventh in the league in rejections, 11th in overall rebounding and offensive caroms (2.62 rebounds per game), 12th in field-goal percentage (45.2 percent, 183 of 405), 13th in defensive boards (4.30 rebounds per game), 16th in scoring and 24th in minutes played.

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