Former UNO guard Rehema Franklin signs first professional basketball contract

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NEW ORLEANS – Former Privateers women’s basketball guard, Rehema Franklin has signed a professional contract to play overseas in Armenia with Les Foxes Yerevan. Franklin, the Edna Karr product who played for the Privateers from 2018-20, will be joining a squad that was the reining League Champion.

Franklin was part of a Privateers squad that went 17-12 overall (13-7 in Southland play). The 13 league wins were the most in program history.

During that season, the New Orleans native led the way in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game. Franklin also led the team in steals, three-pointers made and free throws made.

Among her senior season highlights, Franklin went for a career-best 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a win against North Dakota. Franklin recorded her first double-double as a Privateer with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a victory against Ole Miss. The lightning quick guard also added a career-high seven assists in that game. The win against Ole Miss was the first by the Privateers against an SEC opponent since 1995.

In her senior season, Franklin had nine games of 20 or more points. The Privateers went 8-1 in those contests. In total, Franklin played 51 games with 15 starts for the Privateers.

At the conclusion of the season, Franklin had two Southland Player of the Week awards and was named third team all-conference. Franklin and the Privateers were poised for a run in the 2020 Southland Tournament, but it never tipped off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many basketball athletes proclaim that ‘Ball is life.’ For Rehema, ball really is life and I’m excited for her as she begins her professional career.”

“She brought so much excitement to the Lakefront Arena and I’m sure she will bring that same fire and passion to the Armenian League.”

Franklin joins a growing list of former Privateers who have made and continue to make noise in the professional ranks. Randi Brown has played professionally in four different countries since graduating in 2018.

Also, women’s basketball player, Sarah Gayler became the first female head coach of an NAIA men’s basketball program in history.

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