May 11, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Guard Muci Haris will join the Tulane women's basketball team as a transfer from Arkansas-Little Rock this fall, head coach Lisa Stockton announced Friday.
Originally from Sandweiler, Luxemburg, Haris led Arkansas-Little Rock in scoring in each of the last two seasons and was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year after the 2000 season. As a freshman, she averaged 15.4 points and 3.8 assists per game, while ranking among the Sun Belt leaders in scoring, assists, free throw percentage, three-point field goal percentage and three-pointers made per game. She recorded 18 games with 20 or more points and her 431 points set a UALR record for points in a season. In addition, she was named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's All-Academic List.
Haris was a preseason All-Conference selection prior to her sophomore season, which saw her average 13.3 points and 3.5 assists per contest. She equalled her career high with 33 points against Missouri-Kansas City and followed that a game later with 29 points against Harvard. She also faired well against Conference USA opponents, scoring 18 points against South Florida and 17 points, with six assists, against Memphis.
"We are very excited to have Muci join our program," Stockton said. "She is a very talented player who should fit in very well with our system of play at Tulane. She has the ability to play both guard positions and will make our backcourt that much stronger. We are confident that she will add a lot to the program and that she will help continue the success we have built at Tulane."
Prior to her arrival at Arkansas-Little Rock, Haris was a standout performer in Europe. A member of the Luxemburg National Team, she was nominated as the team's most valuable player. Her club team won two women's league championships in Luxemburg, while she was the league's top scorer in two different seasons. While playing for the Trier club team in Germany, Haris averaged 30.0 points and 8.0 assists per game.
Due to NCAA regulations, Haris will have to sit out the 2001-02 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2002-03 campaign.
Haris continues a long line of internationals who have played at Tulane. In the past few seasons, the Green Wave has featured players from Canada (Taryn Turnbull), Croatia (Kiki Cizmar) and Germany (Alex Keil), while Belgian standout Ann Wauters, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 WNBA draft, was a Tulane signee before opting to play professionally in France.
In addition, Haris marks the third straight transfer in as many years for the Green Wave. Forward Teana McKiver transferred from East Carolina after the 1999 season and was named as the Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year this past season. Center Kaisha Lymon transferred from LSU after the 2000 campaign, sitting out this past year due to NCAA regulations. She will see her first action for the Wave this fall.
Tulane is fresh off its seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Conference USA Tournament for the third straight year and fourth time in five seasons. In addition, the Green Wave posted its sixth consecutive 20-win season.