Kathleen Scheer has a new basketball challenge this fall.
Scheer, a New Haven High School and Duke University graduate, will be playing for the Novosibirsk BC Dynamo is part of the Russian Women’s Basketball Premier League.
“I arrived in Russia about a week and a half ago,” Scheer said. “I am playing in the top Russian league. It is a very strong league.
Scheer recently signed with Dynamo after playing last season in Poland. She has played for six seasons in the summer with the Hobart Chargers of the South East Australia Basketball League.
Scheer said she has been looking to play in different places and the chance to go to Russia provided her next challenge.
“My agent came to me with this opportunity and I knew it was definitely something I wanted to do,” Scheer said. “I am extremely grateful.”
Novosibirsk is located along the Ob River in southern Siberia. The city grew as a result of the Trans-Siberian Railway and has over 1.5 million residents.
Scheer said her major focus is getting ready to play for her new club.
“I am focusing on getting settled here in Novosibirsk and starting games here soon,” Scheer said. “I can’t wait to play. As always, I am so thankful for the support back home. It has been amazing.”
Scheer said she has not decided whether or not she will return to Tasmania after the Russian season ends.
“My Australian season, which runs during the American summer, is always something I enjoy,” Scheer said. “I have been playing in Hobart for six seasons, and I have played with a lot of the same girls for that long, so it’s like playing along side your family. I love it.”
Last season, Scheer averaged 17.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game with the Chargers. Hobart went 10-10 and just missed making the playoffs.
“I was disappointed with missing out on finals,” Scheer said. “The goal is always the championship, so to not make finals was upsetting.”
Scheer said there was a lot of adversity in 2018.
“Unfortunately, we had a lot of injuries with different players throughout the season, which meant we weren’t always at full strength and that’s tough,” she said. “I am beyond proud of the way the girls handled the adversity that was thrown at us throughout the course of the season. They really are such a strong, driven group of women.”