SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Former UC Santa Barbara women's basketball guard Tal Sahar has signed a professional contract with Hapoel Petah Tikva, a team competing in Israel's top women's basketball league, it was announced this weekend.
She follows in the footsteps of former UCSB forward Drew Edelman in making the jump to play professionally in Israel following their collegiate careers.
"We are excited for Tal to be achieving her dream of playing professional basketball. We look forward to following her career overseas and know that she will be a tremendous addition to her new team," said UCSB head coach Bonnie Henrickson.
Sahar was a part of the Gaucho squad from 2017 to 2020. She scored nearly 600 points in a UCSB uniform in 84 games played. The Tarzana, Calif.-native enjoyed the best shooting percentage of her career in her senior season, ending as the leading scorer in four of the Gauchos' games over the course of the season, helping UCSB to wins against San Diego State, Chicago State, and CSUN. She finished the 2020 season with the fourth-highest points per game average (9.4) and the most made three-pointers (53) on the team.
Over the course of her career, she put together seven 20-plus point performances.
"This opportunity doesn't come around often. To be able to say I'm a professional basketball player is something that not many get the chance to say. The coaching staff at UCSB has always been diligent about player development and putting us in the best position to be successful," said Sahar, "That guidance and belief is why I took the leap and pursued this. I'm extremely excited to go abroad and experience that level of basketball!"
Prior to playing for the Gauchos, Sahar played her freshman year at Seattle University.