EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon women’s basketball head coach Bev Smith announced today that junior forward Mary Sbrissa will transfer to New York Institute of Technology to complete her final two years of college and athletic eligibility.

“It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Mary as she leaves the Ducks to join a program that will greatly benefit from her presence both on and off the floor,” Smith said.

Sbrissa joined the Ducks in January of 2005 and redshirted the 2005-06 season. Over the following two years, Sbrissa appeared in 12 games for
Oregon.

“I decided to transfer to NYIT because I felt I could complete my academic studies at the University and also compete for the basketball program,” Sbrissa said. “I went to visit and I really liked the campus, the coaching staff and the players.
New York is an exciting metropolis that offers lots of opportunities that I am ready to take advantage of.”

The native of
Castelfranco, Italy, was a two-time winner of the Harry Ritchie Scholar Athlete Award, given to a member of the women’s basketball team for her athletic and academic accomplishments. In 2007, Sbrissa was also voted as the team’s Most Improved Player.

“I really enjoyed my time at
Oregon,” Sbrissa said. “I had an amazing experience as a student-athlete. I do have not enough words of thanks toward Bev Smith, the assistant coaches and the strength and conditioning staff. I thank my wonderful teammates and the always warm fans. I am extremely grateful to the University of Oregon for giving me this great opportunity both academically and athletically. I feel I have definitely made improvements on the floor and will be able to offer my playing experience at NYIT. I am going to miss Oregon, Mac Court, the Duck fans and my teammates, and I will never forget the great memories I have. The pursuit of excellence in the daily routine that is key in the Oregon program has helped shaped me.”

NYIT is a Division II institution, allowing Sbrissa to play immediately.

“We will miss Mary because as a Duck, she epitomized the character, strength, and sacrifice of a role player that every team needs,” Smith said. “She was a committed, passionate, and relentless competitor for our team and was our team’s student-athlete scholar award winner this past season. At the same time however, we are excited and happy for Mary in that she will be able to continue to pursue both her educational and basketball dreams and goals at her new school.”