Bahamian professional women’s basketball player Lashann Higgs has signed to play for a new team, remaining in Spain for the 2022-2023 season. She will suit up for Honzo Global Jairis in Alcantarilla, Spain.
Higgs will be playing in the Liga Femina Challenge league that was formed in 2021. She spent most of last season playing for Lointek Gernika Bizkaia in the Liga Femina Endesa. Prior to that, Higgs played two games for Rutronik Stars Keltern in the Damen Basketball Bundesliga league in Germany.
She will be playing under the guidance of Coach Lucas Fernandez who spoke highly of the Bahamian.
“Higgs is a player who, within her humility and effort, has a great capacity to generate advantages from her one-on-one skills, with the ability to finish, to assist and with great physical capacities in defense. She is a player who from the beginning has shown us great enthusiasm for joining our team, and I am sure she will work hard to offer us the best version of herself,” Fernandez said.
In a report, a club representative spoke highly of Higgs on the team’s website when the guard was introduced.
“She arrives to reinforce the perimeter of Jairis. She is a very physical and explosive player, extraordinary in the open court and on the run and with a good shot from the perimeter. She is also very versatile, being able to play the positions of shooting and point guard,” the report said.
Last season, Jairis finished second in its regular season standings with a 24-6 win/loss record. They won the championship, clinching the title with 69-55 victory over Zamarat.
Harbour Island native Higgs played in 25 games for Gernika. She averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. She played 21.4 minutes per game and was able to shoot 40.5 percent from beyond the arc. Higgs reached the 20 points plateau twice last season and her team finished seventh in the league with a 14-16 record. They advanced to the playoffs but was eliminated in the first round.
This upcoming season will be Higgs’ third as a professional basketball player after graduating from the University of Texas in 2020.
The 5’ 9” guard debuted professionally for Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM which plays in the Liga Femenina Endesa in Spain. She was a standout player for that team as she led them in scoring with 15.8 points per game – good enough for third in the league. For a guard, she shot at a high clip of 53.6 percent from the field. She was also able to average 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game that season.
Higgs received the player of the week award twice that season but her team struggled, finishing the season with an 8-21 record. They failed to advance to the playoffs.
In her final season playing for Texas, Higgs averaged nine points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game to lead them to a 19-11 win/loss record. In her career for the Texas Longhorns, Higgs averaged 9.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. In addition, she helped lead the Longhorns to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament for four straight seasons. They reached the Elite Eight in 2016 and the Sweet 16 in back-to-back years of 2017 and 2018.