Vanderbilt alumni Fasoula, Carter ink pro contracts

Vanderbilt women’s basketball alumni Mariella Fasoula and LeaLea Carter signed with professional basketball organizations in Spain and Croatia, respectively.


Vanderbilt fell 84-65 to Alabama at Memorial Gym on February 21, 2019. (Hustler Multimedia/Brandon Jacome-Mendez)

Betsy Goodfriend, Deputy Sports Editor

After finishing their Commodore careers in March, Mariella Fasoula and LeaLea Carter didn’t take long to find new basketball homes, thousands of miles away from Memorial Gym.

Fasoula, a Greek forward who started 59 games in her two years with Vanderbilt after transferring from Boston College, will join basketball team Nissan Al-Qázeres Extremadura in Spain.

The club plays in Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, the highest level of competition for women’s basketball in Spain. 

According to Eurobasket, Fasoula is expected to start for the club, which went 6-16 last season.

Nissan Al-Qázeres Extremadura will welcome the post presence Fasoula brings to the team. Fasoula is now the tallest player on the roster at 6’5”.

Fasoula averaged 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a redshirt senior in 2019-20. 

Her high motor style of play fits well with the physical European game focused on ball movement.

Meanwhile, LeaLea Carter will be taking her talents to Croatia. Carter signed a contract with basketball team ZKK Plamen Pozega.

Carter developed into a leader for the Commodores in her four seasons. She appeared in 26 games last season, and her energy was a spark plug off the bench. Carter averaged 6.2 points per game, fifth on the team in 2019-20.

ZKK Plamen Pozega competes in the Croatian First Women’s Basketball League, the premier league in Croatia. All but one other player on the roster is Croatian.

The club went 4-12 in 2019-20 and currently has 10 games on the schedule through the end of 2020.

Carter’s ability to effectively run the offense off the bench will be an asset to ZKK Plamen Pozega.