Following an outstanding four-year basketball career at UC Davis, former Yosemite High multi-record holder Sydnee Fipps has singed a six-month contract to play professionally for Torres Nova, in Portugal.
By car, the town of Torres Nova is a 45 minute drive from the country’s capital, Lisbon. The 22 games in the 12-team league begin in October followed by playoffs.
Fipps’s contract includes housing, meals, a monthly stipend, and the opportunity for bonuses based on performance.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play professional basketball so getting the opportunity to continue my career at the next level is truly a dream come true,” Fipps said. “I am very excited about this next chapter in my life.”
School scoring record for Fipps
Fipps left her name in the UC Davis and Big West record books, including second in career scoring at UC Davis (1,636 points). She was fourth in Big West in scoring last season with a 15.6 points per game average. Fipps was also No. 5 in 3-pointers made in 2014-15 (2.26 per game), and No. 6 in the conference in 3-point percentage (.401).
Last season, she became only the second UC Davis women’s basketball player to earn three first-team All-Big West honors, and one of only 11 in conference women’s basketball history to earn first-team honors at least three times in a career.
Last year the Aggies ended the 13-team Big West Conference tied for fifth place with UC Riverside with 8-8 records. The University of Hawaii won the conference (14-2).
In a game against against Hawaii last season, in which Hawaii beat the Aggies 62-60, Fipps had 20 points on 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, setting a new school record with her 32nd career 20-point game.
In Feburary, in a 83-66 win over Long Beach, Fipps had 20 points (five three pointers), five rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots.
As a true freshman playing for the NCAA Division 1 Aggies, Fipps made her college career debut on Nov. 11, 2011, at Washington, scoring seven points and going 2-of-2 from long range, along with four rebounds.
In her sophomore year, Fipps led UC Davis with 17.1 points per game and was ranked No. 2 in the Big West Conference in points per game. She set a new all-time UC Davis record for points by sophomore with 512.
As a junior, Fipps she ranked third in the league in scoring (17.7 ppg), and was among the top 15 in four other offensive categories, while becoming the 16th player - and only the third junior - to reach 1,000 career points at UC Davis.
In her senior year she reached double figures in all but three of her 31 starts, including 16 games of 20-or-more points, and set a season high with 25 points in a game at the University of Pacific.
Fipps, who holds eight basketball school records at Yosemite, led the Badgers to a 39-1 league record during her four years on the varsity team, and graduated in June of 2011 with a degree in Economics.
She holds eight girls basketball records at Yosemite High, where she played for Gary Blate, and lead the Badgers to a 39-1 league record in four seasons on the varsity team. She is only the second player in the history of the school to score more than 2,000 career points. While at Yosemite High School, Fipps was named a McDonald’s High School All-America nominee after averaging 23.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
She was a two-time Div. II All-State first team selection and was named to the All-Fresno Bee first team as both a junior and a senior. She averaged 24.5 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2010 to finish as the third-highest scoring junior in the state. She led Yosemite to four straight North Sequoia League titles, earning the league’s MVP title in back-to-back seasons.
Fipps is the daughter of Kenneth and Linda Fipps of Mariposa.