Lindsay Whalen and her Gophers women’s basketball staff are staying busy this offseason, building a program while Whalen keeps playing point guard for the Lynx.

Whalen announced on Twitter that the program signed Barbora Tomancova, a 6-2 center from Brno, Czech Republic.

“Barbora is someone who, as a staff, we have been watching for some time now,” Whalen told the U’s website. “Her versatility, length and skill for a post player are qualities we know will help our program.”

Tomancova averaged 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Czech team in the 2017 FIBA U-18 Women’s European Championship.

She is the fourth player to sign thus far with the Gophers. The others are 6-2 forward Delaynie Byrne (Arvada, Colo.), 6-1 forward Houlfat Mahouchiza (Marseille, France) — a junior college transfer from South Georgia Tech — and 5-10 guard Mercedes Staples (Centerville, Utah).

Two other guards signed by the Gophers last November decided to go elsewhere. Jaidah Stewart (Kirkwood, Mo.) signed with Houston and Lesila Finau (Dublin, Calif.) with Colorado.

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