Pack signs pro deal in Slovakia


LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) – Former New Mexico State women’s basketball standout Gia Pack is going next level. Pack signed with Piestanske Cajky in Slovakia.

“Being at New Mexico State was definitely one of the best experiences in my basketball career and I will forever be an Aggie,” wrote Pack in a post to Twitter on Monday. “I thank all my coaches, from coach [Mark] Trakh and his staff to coach Brooke [Atkinson] and hers [staff]. Thank you for the tremendous amount of support given throughout my four years.”

Piestanske Cajky competes in the Women’s Basketball Extraliga, the highest level of women’s basketball competition in Slovakia.

“The process was tough,” said Pack. “My agent was calling me, telling me that teams were interested in me, but due to the virus, a lot of things were pushed back. I was in the draft — I was supposed to be drafted, but me taking this route is just great.”

Pack is the second Aggie under head coach Brooke Atkinson and second in two years to sign a pro contract. Brooke Salas currently competes for CD Zamarat in Zamora, Spain.

“We are extremely proud of Gia [Pack] and are excited for her to continue her basketball career professionally,” said Atkinson. “We know she has what it takes to succeed at the next level.”

The native of Phoenix, Arizona, wrapped up her career at New Mexico State with 1,672 points, good for fifth place all-time. Pack also finished fourth all-time with 175 three-pointers and finished ninth with a 35.7% career three-point field goal percentage. She was named First Team All-WAC three times.

During the 2019 WAC Tournament, Pack set the WAC Tournament record with 86 points over three games to lead the Aggies to the WAC Tournament title and was named Tournament MVP. That run included 36 points in an overtime win over UMKC that stands as the fourth-highest scoring total in program history.

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