Last week, we introduced four of the freshmen on the women’s basketball team, all of whom have experience representing their home countries at the international level on youth teams. This week, we introduce the remaining four freshmen on Coach Molly Goodenbour’s team.
#10 Marija Galic
Marija Galic joins the team with her twin sister Marta, profiled in the Nov. 1 “New Dons” article. Marija is a 6-foot forward who most recently represented her home country of Croatia in the 2018 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship. She scored 14 points in 6 games as Croatia finished 16th in the competition. The team is currently ranked 23rd in the world. Both Galic twins played for Tresnjevka 2009, a professional team in Zagreb that plays in the Women Adriatic League (WABA). In four games in the WABA last season, Marija scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Her best game was an 11 point, 2 rebound performance in 16 minutes played last February against Montana 2003, a team from Bulgaria.
#24 Lucija Kostic
Lucija Kostic is the captain of Croatia’s U18 Women’s National Team. This summer, she led the team to a ninth-place finish in the 2018 FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship. She averaged 10.7 points per game in the tournament, culminating in a double-double (recording double digits in two stat categories) against Italy in the ninth-place game (13 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists). She is the third native of Zagreb to join the Dons this season. Last season, she teamed up with the Galic twins on Tresnjevka 2009. The 6-foot-2-inch 18 year old forward started 15 games for Tresnjevka. She is an all-around performer who can support her team in multiple categories. In the 2017-2018 season, she averaged 6.5 points a game, alongside 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. She has not hesitated to contribute for the Dons — in their exhibition game against Chico State University on Oct. 27, she scored 5 points and posted 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.
#32 Julia Nielacna
Originally from Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland, Nielacna is a leader of the Polish U20 Women’s National Team. In the 2018 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship, she averaged 16.3 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. The 6-foot forward put up 25 points and 9 rebounds in an 87-84 win over the Galic twins and Croatia on July 8 in Sopron, Hungary. A year earlier, she put up 18 points and 7 rebounds, both game highs, in the U18 third-place game against Great Britain, as Poland won 64-50 to secure bronze medals in Dublin, Ireland. Nielacna played for TS Ostrovia Ostrów Wielkopolski last season, a club team that plays in the Basket Liga Kobiet, the top division of women’s basketball in Poland. Coming off the bench for the Dons against Chico State, she scored 5 points and pulled in 10 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court.
#55 Abby Rathbun
Rathbun is the lone American in Coach Goodenbour’s freshman class. She hails from Moses Lake, Wash., where she was the captain of the girls’ basketball team at Moses Lake High School. The 5-foot-11-inch two-way player led the Moses Lake Chiefs to a third place finish in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 4A State Championship tournament. The Chiefs reached a ranking of 44th in the country last season. She made the All-State team her senior year. Not only did she dominate on the hardwood flooring, but she was also a standout athlete on the Chiefs soccer team, winning multiple all-league awards. She recorded a double-double for the Dons against Chico State with 12 points and 10 rebounds.