Embattled Detroit Mercy women's basketball lands Louisiana Tech transfer

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Louisiana Tech forward Irene Murua (23) watches as Texas forward Deyona' Gaston pulls down a rebound on Dec. 2, 2020 in Austin, Texas.
Louisiana Tech forward Irene Murua (23) watches as Texas forward Deyona' Gaston pulls down a rebound on Dec. 2, 2020 in Austin, Texas.

The next version of AnnMarie Gilbert's Detroit Mercy women's basketball team is starting to come into fruition.

The Titans gained a commitment Friday from Louisiana Tech transfer Irene Murua. Murua saw limited playing time in 18 games as a freshman for the Techsters in 2020-21, averaging 1.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. The 6-foot-1 forward had a career-high six points in a career-high 16 minutes during a Conference USA game Jan. 15 vs. UT-San Antonio.

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Murua attended Lousiana Tech after graduating from high school in her native Spain and playing club ball.

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Gilbert is building out a new roster because of mass defections throughout the spring and winter. Mercy women's basketball player in January accused the first-year coach of abuse, including violating COVID-19 protocols, and the final 10 games of the season were canceled as several players said they would no longer compete under Gilbert.

The private university has backed Gilbert and has told Maxine Moore, the lone student-athlete who did want to play for the Titans next season, that she could attend the school but they did not want her on the basketball team any longer.

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