2018-19 Season: Personnel News

Southern Cal

September 13, 2018: An NCAA waiver was secured making junior forward Kayla Overbeck eligible to play in the 2018-19 season, following her transfer from Vanderbilt.

“We are very excited that Kayla is eligible for competition immediately,” USC head coach Mark Trakh said. “She gives us a seasoned additional low-post presence this year. Kayla works extremely hard and will be a viable offensive option for us.”

January 12, 2019: Junior point guard Minyon Moore, the team’s leading scorer (14.3 PPG), did not play in the Trojans’ game yesterday versus Oregon because of some sort of injury. UPDATE (Jan. 13): Moore was back on the floor for USC’s 76-52 loss to Oregon State today, scoring 21 points.

February 7, 2019: Freshman forward Jillian Archer is transferring. She played in 18 games this season, averaging 2.8 PPG in 9.2 MPG.


October 10, 2018: Senior point guard Marta Sniezek, a starter in 2017-18 who led the team in assists (4.3/game), is out six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in her right thumb. That time period covers at least the first four games of their season, including a November 18 contest vs. Ohio State.

One immediate problem, however, is the loss of point guard Marta Sniezek, a hard-nosed senior who led them in assists last season but who tore a ligament in her right thumb last week and is out 6-8 weeks.

“It’s hard when you lose somebody with that much experience,” head coach Tara VanDerveer said Wednesday at Pac-12 media day in San Francisco.

The options to replace Sniezek are sophomore Kiana Williams (who is probably better suited to shooting guard), freshman Jenna Brown (a McDonald’s All-American from Atlanta), and freshman Lacie Hull of Spokane, Wash.

December 28, 2018: This article indicates that Marta Sniezek will return from her injury absence when Pac-12 play begins (Stanford opens league play on January 4). In addition, freshman forward Lexie Hull is also expected to return after missing seven games with an injured leg. Hull had averaged 10.7 PPG and 7 RPG in the first three games of this season.

Stanford will be getting a pair of key players back in time for the start of the conference schedule. Senior point guard Marta Sniezek, who has yet to play this season and Lexie Hull, who started the first three games of the season, and has missed the next seven games with a leg injury.

January 5, 2019: The report above turned out to be incorrect, as neither Lexie Hull nor Marta Sniezek played in Stanford’s Pac-12 opener (a victory over USC). On top of that, sophomore forward Maya Dodson, the team’s leading rebounder, sat out the game with a foot injury, and junior forward Nadia Fingall suffered a leg injury during the game, later returning to the floor before having to exit again, limping.

Stanford was without forward Maya Dodson, its leading rebounder, because of a foot injury. And starting forward Nadia Fingall hyperextended her leg in the third quarter. She returned in the fourth quarter, only to limp off again a few minutes later.

Also, starting forward Lexie Hull missed her ninth game because of a foot injury. Point guard Marta Sniezek has yet to play this season because of a run of injuries.

January 6, 2019: Lexie Hull returned to the floor in Stanford’s victory over UCLA, but Maya Dodson and Marta Sniezek both remained out, and Nadia Fingall has been declared out for the season with a torn ACL. Fingall, one of the team’s starting forwards, had averaged 8 PPG and 4.9 RPG over the first 12 games of the season. (In addition, Stanford fans have reported that senior guard Alexa Romano has left the team for “personal reasons.” She played in 10 games this season, averaging 1.1 PPG in 4.2 MPG.)

Starting forward Nadia Fingall is out for the season with a torn ACL. Fingall, a 6-3 junior averaging 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds, hurt her knee during Friday night’s victory over USC.

Stanford was also without forward Maya Dodson for the second straight game because of a foot injury.

February 24, 2019: It turned out that Marta Sniezek‘s injury was season-ending.

She was among three seniors honored after the game. The others were center Shannon Coffee and guard Marta Sniezek, who missed the season after undergoing surgery on her right hand and thumb.

Stony Brook

November 13, 2018: The Seawolves have been without their leading rebounder from last year, senior forward Cheyenne Clark, for this entire season. And senior guard Jerell Matthews, their second-leading scorer this season (15.9 PPG), has missed the last seven games.

The Seawolves have overcome significant injuries to put together an impressive season to date. Senior forward Cheyenne Clark, the leading rebounder a year ago (9.4 rpg) has not played yet due to injury, and second-leading scorer Matthews has been sidelined for seven games.


November 13, 2018: Veronika Vorackova, a freshman guard from the Czech Republic, has been ruled ineligible to play this season “due to NCAA rules regarding participation with a club that considers itself to be professional.”

Syracuse women’s basketball player Veronika Vorackova has been sidelined by the NCAA this season, Orange coach Quentin Hillsman said on Tuesday.

According to a statement from the school, she “is not eligible to play this season due to NCAA rules regarding participation with a club that considers itself to be professional.”

December 2, 2018: Freshman forward Kadiatou Sissoko will be out three to five weeks recovering from a knee injury.

At 6-foot-2, the lanky Sissoko was becoming an integral part of the Orange’s depth, especially on the press. Before the Princeton game, she was averaging 14.8 minutes and almost five points a game.

January 16, 2019: Kadiatou Sissoko is expected to return to the court for the Orange today after her injured knee kept her for an eight-game stretch.

No. 12 SU (14-2, 3-0) visits Pittsburgh on Thursday and Georgia Tech on Sunday. Hillsman said it’s likely that Sissoko will be available against the Panthers.

“She just started going full speed (in practice) last week,” Hillsman said Tuesday. “She was doing well before she tweaked her knee. So I think that she’s kind of picking up where she left off. She looks good. She’s been running well. We’ll see with some contact and see where her confidence is in the knee. If she’s confident and she’s cleared, then we’re going to play her.”

March 1, 2019: Freshman wing Emily Engstler (5.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG) did not play in the Orange’s game yesterday, and her status going forward is “uncertain.” Head coach Quentin Hillsman said this in a radio interview before yesterday’s game:

“Emily just hasn’t been doing the things right now to be a student-athlete in this program. We look forward to her correcting some of those things and getting back to us as soon as possible.”

March 5, 2019: Emily Engstler will miss the ACC tournament but is likely to return in time for the NCAA tourney.

“She just hasn’t done the things that she needs to do to be a student-athlete,” Hillsman said Tuesday morning. “Let me say this to you. It’s nothing that’s detrimental to her livelihood, nothing that’s detrimental to her safety or anything like that. So, let me put that to rest. It’s not anything that’s crazy.”

March 26, 2019: Junior point guard Tiana Mangakahia perhaps signaling that she’ll forgo her final season of eligibility and go pro.

Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia might have accidentally provided the clearest insight into her future after her team’s 75-64 loss to South Dakota State in a NCAA Tournament game Monday in the Carrier Dome.

Mangakahia was asked about the takeaways from this season.

“There are a lot of things. This is the last game, I don’t know where I’m going…” she said before smiling and catching herself.

April 1, 2019: After contemplating declaring for the WNBA draft, junior point guard Tiana Mangakahia has now said she’ll return to Syracuse for her senior season.

Syracuse University junior guard Tiana Mangakahia is coming back to Syracuse for her final year of eligibility. The All-Atlantic Coast Conference guard considered declaring for the 2019 WNBA Draft, but has opted to remain in school.

“After a lot of consideration, I have decided to return for my senior season at Syracuse,” Mangakahia said. “Over the last two years my teammates and I have accomplished so much but I know we have only scratched the surface of our true potential. I hope to make this upcoming season my best yet and look forward to seeing our fans supporting us all across the country.”


August 31, 2018: Heading into her sophomore season, Anastasia Hayes was dismissed from the team for the proverbial “violation of team rules” (see below). UPDATE (October 8): Hayes committed to transfer to Middle Tennessee, and she’ll sign a letter of intent in January.

“Anastasia Hayes has been dismissed from the Tennessee women’s basketball team due to violation of team rules,” Warlick said.

Losing Hayes is not an ideal situation for the Lady Vols. Part of last year’s standout freshman class, which ranked first in the nation in recruiting for 2017, she played a big role off of the bench.

Hayes made such an impact that she was awarded the honor of SEC Sixth Woman of the Year, which is given to a player chosen by coaches in the conference that came off of the bench and found success on the court.

October 19, 2018Lou Brown, the grad transfer from Washington State, has suffered a torn ACL. The forward is likely out for the season, although the Lady Vols are saying she’s out “indefinitely.”

UT coach Holly Warlick announced Friday afternoon that Brown suffered a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament in practice Wednesday and will be out indefinitely. Given the nature of the injury, the 6-foot-3 forward likely is finished for the season.

January 22, 2019: Senior guard Meme Jackson (12.1 PPG) incurred an ankle injury in the Vols’ most recent game. Her status is day-to-day.

Along with the setback, Tennessee lost Meme Jackson after the senior guard tumbled to the court while driving to the basket during the third quarter. UT coach Holly Warlick said that Jackson suffered a left ankle injury and listed her status as day-to-day.

January 30, 2019: Meme Jackson has now missed two games and is questionable for the team’s game Thursday against Florida. UPDATE: She ended up playing in the game vs. Florida.

Senior Meme Jackson has been sidelined the past two games due to a bad ankle sprain. Jackson ranks third on the team in scoring.

Jackson is considered day to day and is questionable for Thursday’s game against Florida, Warlick said.


August 6, 2018: Freshman center Sedona Prince suffered a broken leg playing for the United States at the FIBA U18 world championships in Mexico City. The official release from the Longhorns (see below) stated that “no timetable for her return has been established,” but a Austin American-Statesman item included this: “Prince expects to be ready for the 2019-20 season after sitting out this year with a medical redshirt, her mother said.”

Texas women’s basketball freshman Sedona Prince successfully underwent surgery on Monday afternoon in Austin to repair a lower right leg fracture. She sustained the injury on Friday evening competing for the United States U18 Team at the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship in Mexico City. She is expected to make a full recovery, but no timetable for her return has been established.

Statement from Texas Head Coach Karen Aston
“I am so thankful to [USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director] Carol Callan, the USA Basketball staff and our training and administrative staff here at Texas for their diligence in caring for Sedona and transporting her back to Austin. We are disappointed for her but will focus on her road to recovery with faith that she returns stronger and better than ever.”

October 11, 2018: Junior guard/forward Joyner Holmes had surgery on her right ankle following an injury suffered earlier this week. The timetable for her return to the court hasn’t been determined.

November 9, 2018: Chasity Patterson, 5-5 sophomore point guard out of Houston, Texas, announces that she’s transferring. She averaged 2.8 PPG in 7.6 MPG during her freshman season. Patterson came out of high school as a McDonald’s All-American and top-five recruit in the 2017 class. Texas had the #3 recruiting class for 2017 (per espnW), but now two of the three members of that class have left. Rellah Boothe transferred to a juco (Northwest Florida State College) following the 2017-18 season.

November 26, 2018: More injury woes for the Longhorns, with news that starting senior guard Lashann Higgs has suffered a season-ending knee injury. The article also says that Joyner Holmes (see above) might be able to return in December.

The tough-luck Texas women’s basketball team suffered another blow on Monday when starting guard Lashann Higgs learned she suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The Longhorn senior suffered a torn ACL to her right knee while driving to the hoop in the first half of a victory over Quinnipiac Friday night in Estero, Fla. It was a non-contact foul, according to Texas spokesman Sean Cartell.

Higgs will like petition the NCAA after the season to have a medical redshirt year, he said.

December 8, 2018: Joyner Holmes could return for the Longhorns’ game Sunday versus Tennessee. If she isn’t ready for that game, she should be for the team’s matchup a week later with Stetson. UPDATE (December 9): Holmes returned to the court in the Tennessee game, tallying 2 points and 3 rebounds in 11 minutes of action.

Help might be on the way soon. Forward Joyner Holmes, who had surgery on her right ankle in early October, has been working out with the team for the past two weeks. If she’s not cleared to play against Tennessee, she should be ready by next Sunday’s home game against Stetson.

Holmes lends depth in the paint, an area where the Longhorns have struggled in the first seven games. After last week’s loss to Mississippi State, Aston griped that her team did not match the Bulldogs’ physicality.

“We still have to be realistic because she’s going to need some reps under her belt, but she will bring a level of confidence for our team,” Aston said. “More importantly, she brings experience.”

Texas A&M

December 18, 2018: Sophomore guard Aaliyah Wilson is out for the season with a knee injury. She had averaged 13.8 PPG and 4.1 RPG in the first nine games of 2018-19.

Texas A&M sophomore guard Aaliyah Wilson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial collateral ligament in her left knee during the Aggies’ game against UC Riverside on December 14. She will miss the remainder of the season.

Wilson averaged 13.8 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Aggies in nine games this season. She ranks 19th in the SEC in points per game.

March 5, 2019: After suffering a fractured finger, Texas A&M sophomore guard Chennedy Carter will miss the upcoming SEC tourney but will return in time for the NCAAs.

Texas A&M sophomore guard Chennedy Carter had an open reduction, internal fixation of her right little finger as a result of an injury (fracture) that occurred during the Aggies’ regular-season finale against Arkansas. She will miss the upcoming SEC Tournament, but will return in time for the NCAA Tournament.

She begins rehabilitation this weekend with conditioning exercises and hand rehabilitation. She will be evaluated for progressive return to basketball activities in 10 days.

March 18, 2019: An update on Chennedy Carter:

In speaking with those close to the situation, Chennedy is expected to suit up and play for the Aggies by the end of the week. This past week, per Texas A&M, Carter participated in full-court, non-contact drills in practice, and she is dribbling and shooting the ball.

UPDATE: Official word from A&M is that Carter will play in the first round of the NCAAs:

Texas A&M sophomore guard Chennedy Carter has been cleared to return to all basketball-related activity. She will play in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

Carter, the SEC’s leading scorer at 22.5 points per game, missed the SEC Tournament with an injury to her hand.

UT Arlington

October 21, 2018Danielle Williams, a 6-4 center out of Fort Worth, TX, announces that she’s grad-transferring to UT Arlington (though she does not yet appear on their roster). She was on the Indiana roster for two years before receiving a medical exemption and sitting out the 2017-18 season. Williams follows in the footsteps of Bre Wickware, who transferred from the Hoosiers to UTA over the summer.

December 20, 2018 (update on above): After graduating from Indiana this month, Danielle Williams was officially added to the Mavericks’ roster as an immediately eligible midyear transfer. Having played just two seasons at IU, she will be eligible in 2019-20 for UT Arlington as well.


November 6, 2018: Anneli Maley, a transfer from Oregon, has received an NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility (and played 17 minutes in the Horned Frogs’ season opener). But the team’s other transfer, Jaycee Bradley (South Dakota), is doing the usual sit-out year. Source: TCU’s 2018-19 Fact Book.

  • TCU will also get the added services of sophomore Anneli Maley who comes to Fort Worth after playing 37 games at Oregon as a freshman last year. She will be immediately eligible to play this year.
  • The Frogs also added senior Jaycee Bradley to the roster. She transferred from South Dakota and will sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules.

January 3, 2019: Sophomore wing Anneli Maley (noted above as having received an NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility after transferring from Oregon) is no longer listed on the Horned Frogs’ roster. She appeared in ten games this season (starting three), averaging 2.9 PPG and 4.2 RPG in 14.6 MPG.


January 3, 2019: Redshirt junior wing Ariona Gill will be out “for an extended time” after suffering a stress fracture in her foot. She is the second-leading scorer for the Miners this season, averaging 11.2 PPG. Gill is also third on the team in rebounds, at 4.9/game.

The promise of Conference USA play, which for the UTEP women’s basketball team begins Saturday in San Antonio, is that everyone starts 0-0.

That’s critical for the Miners, who went 3-10 in the 13 games they played to open the 2018-19 season and now will be without second-leading scorer Ariona Gill for an extended time as she rehabs a stress fracture in her foot.

January 23, 2019: Ariona Gill remains out, as is Sabine Lipe (3.2 PPG), leaving the Miners with just eight available players.

UTEP has dressed only eight players the past two contests, with Ariona Gilland Sabine Lipe sidelined due to injuries. Gill has now been out of action for six straight games while Lipe has been out for back-to-back tilts.

January 26, 2019: The Miners were down to six players for their game versus Charlotte, which they lost, 62-39.

Baker was optimistic injured players Alexa Hoy, Sabine Lipe and Ariana Gill could get cleared to return from injury next week.

“There are a lot of important things in basketball that happen, but the most important things are going to happen in the doctor’s office on Monday,” Baker said.

In addition to the injuries, freshman guard Conchi Satorre left the team at the end of the first semester, having played in just two games. She returned to Spain, according to this tweet.

February 5, 2019: Another update on the injury-rocked Miners:

UTEP has been hit hard by injuries, with the Miners having dressed seven players in three straight contests. Ariona Gill, who had missed eight straight games, has come off the bench in back-to-back contests but Sabine Lipe (six straight), Jordan Jenkins (three straight) and Alexa Hoy (three straight) continue to be sidelined.

February 13, 2019: Yet again on the injury-plagued Miners (see especially the last sentence):

UTEP has been hit hard by injuries, with the Miners having dressed seven players in five straight contests. Ariona Gill, who had missed eight straight games (final nonconference, first seven C-USA), has come off the bench in four consecutive contests but Sabine Lipe (eight straight), Jordan Jenkins (five straight) and Alexa Hoy (five straight) continue to be sidelined. Lipe and Jenkins are not expected back this season while Hoy’s return is doubtful.

Texas Southern

September 27, 2018Joyce Kennerson is not listed on the TSU 2018-19 roster. Kennerson was the SWAC player of the year during her junior campaign in 2017-18, averaging 24.2 PPG, which ranked fourth in D-I women’s basketball. The only thing close to an official word on this was this tweet from June.

October 18, 2018: Houston Chronicle article says Kennerson is taking a medical redshirt.

Texas Southern, with 11 newcomers, is picked second. But the Lady Tigers will be without the services of guard Joyce Kennerson, last year’s conference player of the year who is taking a medical redshirt. Xavier transfer Marquia Turner and high-motor Niya Mitchell, who sat out last year with an injury, are expected to shoulder some of the scoring load.


February 11, 2019: Assistant coach Tiffany Swoffard is no longer on the staff. She was in her fourth season with the Rockets.

Swoffard and the team decided to go their separate ways, and the team will have no further comment on the matter, according to a University of Toledo spokesman.

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