DAVIS, Calif. — After spending two standout seasons at the University at Albany, Hamilton, Ontario, native Mackenzie Trpcic has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to continue her academic and athletic career at UC Davis, Head Coach Jennifer Gross announced on Thursday.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Trpcic, a 5-foot-7 guard, must sit out the 2018-19 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2019-20 campaign.
“We are very excited to welcome Mackenzie into our Aggie family,” Gross said. “Mackenzie is an amazing young woman, a dedicated student and a talented basketball player. We are thrilled that she has decided to continue her career at UC Davis.”
An All-America East third team selection as a sophomore last season, Trpcic (pronounced terp-chich) started all 32 games for the Great Danes, leading the league — and ranking No. 15 in the nation — with a school sophomore single-season record 207 assists and standing No. 14 in the country at 6.47 assists per game.
Helping lead Albany to a 24-8 overall record and a trip to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, Trpcic averaged 9.1 points per game in just under 31 minutes per contest, while also shining in the classroom.
The biochemistry and molecular biology major, who also intends to pursue minors in communication and nutrition science, earned America East All-Academic Team and CoSIDA All-Academic District I honors as a sophomore with a 3.95 GPA.
In her debut Division I season, Trpcic set the school single-season record for assists by a freshman with 103 in 26 games (3.96 apg), helping the Great Danes to a 22-12 overall record, an America East Tournament title, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they faced UConn in the opening round.
“Mackenzie is a perfect fit for our system,” Gross said. “She shares the ball extremely well which is a huge part of our team’s DNA. She is also a crafty scorer and a great competitor. Our fans are going to enjoy watching Mackenzie play throughout her career at UC Davis.”
A four-year letter winner in basketball at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Hamilton, Ontario, who also played two seasons of soccer and one year of flag football, Trpcic was a two-year team captain, averaging 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.8 assists, as a senior, finishing her career with over 2,500 career points, and helping the Crusaders to four straight Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Provincial Division I titles.
Trpcic played club basketball for the Transway Basketball Club, helping her team to a 2016 JUEL Provincial Championship and three OBA Provincial Championships. Trpcic was a three-time JUEL/PRSP League All-Star and an eight-time USJN All-Star.
The daughter of Brandon and Pamela, Trpcic has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Madison. Her father played basketball at Laurentian University.