2018-19 Season: Personnel News


October 10, 2018: Sophomore Maurane Corbin, expected to be the team’s starting center, suffered a torn ACL in individual workouts two weeks ago and is out for the 2018-19 season.

Sophomore center Maurane Corbin tore her ACL two weeks ago in individual workouts. The 6-foot-5 Corbin was going to be leaned upon to be Potter’s full-time replacement, but now Utah will have to wait another year for the talented young Canadian to be back in red.

“It sucks,” [Utah head coach Lynne] Roberts said.

October 15, 2018: On media day, in addition to noting Corbin’s injury, Roberts said that 6-4 freshman forward Lola Pendande had not yet been able to enroll at Utah. They are trying to get the freshman from Spain in school by December.

“We lost Mo Corbin our 6-foot-5-inch center from Canada who had a tremendous off-season,” Roberts said to start her Media Day press conference. “Really, and this is sometimes how life works is that you put in so much time and work so hard and the rug gets pulled out from under you. She tore here ACL- gosh- I don’t know, the second week of September? And so she just had the ACL surgery about a week ago. She’ll obviously be out this year. We’ll miss her. And then our 6-foot-four-inch kid from Spain- the freshman, she didn’t get all the boxes checked to get into school so we are still trying to get her in by December, but that is 6-foot-5, 6-foot-4 that two months ago we thought we were going to have and we don’t and that’s part of sports. You just roll with it.”

January 4, 2019: Redshirt freshman wing Jordan Cruz has decided to transfer. She played in nine games this season, averaging 2.7 PPG in 7.6 MPG.

January 6, 2019: Senior wing Daneesha Provo will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. She had started the first 13 games of the season, tallying 13.5 PPG, good for second best on the team.

“I’m incredibly proud of our team,” said coach Lynne Roberts. “The last 36 hours have been really tough. It’s the worst way to lose a game and then to find out the next day that Provo tore her ACL — it’s been a tough day and a half.”

Roberts said the team was exhausted “emotionally and physically,” but they didn’t focus on their adversity.

“We talked about what life’s about, what sports are about,” she said. “This was an opportunity for us to show what we’re really about, so I’m so proud of our team for that.”

The 6-foot Provo, who was the team’s second leading scorer at 13.5 points per game, had left Friday’s game in the second half with an injury to her right knee. After that game, Roberts said she was “not worried about it,” not that she wouldn’t miss Provo, but perhaps because she knew she had Kiana Moore waiting in the wings.

January 31, 2019: Update on Lola Pendande: she’s now “expected to join the program next season.”

Lola Pendande, a 6-foot-4 forward from Spain, was unable to enroll in school; she’s expected to join the program next season.

February 23, 2019: Freshman forward Dre’Una Edwards (11.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG) suffered a potentially season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the Utes’ victory over Washington yesterday.

Utah coach Lynne Roberts said things “didn’t look good,” for Edwards, who was going to have her knee examined more Friday night. Roberts lost two players to season-ending knee injuries in Maurane Corbin and Daneesha Provo, and she indicated she thought Edwards might have the same diagnosis.

“What can you say, it’s part of sports,” she said. “But you didn’t see any flinching from our team or second-guessing themselves. In a word, this team is resilient and it is rewarding to coach that kind of team.”

The injuries leave the Utes with just seven healthy players and only three regular season games to make any necessary adjustments before the Pac-12 tournament.

March 6, 2019: The injury Dre’Una Edwards suffered did end up being season-ending, according to this article.

There were season-ending injuries to players like Daneesha Provo and Dre’Una Edwards — Edwards did enough before going down to become the first Ute in the Pac-12 era to claim Freshman of the Year honors.


December 31, 2018: Junior guard Maya Meredith returns from an unspecified injury after being out since November 14. She played in all 31 games in 2017-18, starting 6 games and averaging 4.1 PPG and 2.4 APG in 16.1 MPG.

January 6, 2019: Senior wing Allison Schofield returns to the court after an unspecified injury had sidelined her since November 17. She had started the first five games of the 2018-19 season, averaging 7.6 PPG in 28.6 MPG.


October 11, 2018: In late September came the first indication that a change on the Vandy staff was imminent . . .

Now there’s word that assistant coach Carolyn Peck has departed the staff to return to the TV booth. [UPDATE (October 12): Vanderbilt out with an official release on Peck’s departure.]

Vanderbilt women’s basketball associate head coach and former ESPN analyst Carolyn Peck has left Stephanie White’s staff, less than a month before the season to return to the TV booth, a source confirmed Thursday.

The same article also noted that Paige Warren, who had announced plans to transfer from Vandy following her freshman season, is still enrolled at the school but is not on the basketball team.

October 16, 2018: Replacing Peck on the coaching staff is Gary Redus II, formerly an assistant at D-II Delta State. Vanderbilt press release also notes the promotion of Kelly Komara to associate head coach.

October 17, 2018: A health issue relating to blood clots will keep redshirt senior center Bree Horrocks off the court until at least January. This would appear to leave the Commodores with just seven scholarship players available at the start of the season. Among their games in November are road tilts versus North Carolina State and UConn.

Horrocks, who arrived at Vanderbilt as a graduate transfer from Purdue prior to the 2017-18 season, appeared in 20 games in 2017-18 with one start. The 6-5 Buford, Ga. native averaged 1.5 points and 0.5 rebounds per game last season.

“I am looking forward to being back and contributing to my team in my last year,” Horrocks said. “I had a great offseason but unexpected things happen to everyone at any stage of life. It’s important for me to be cautious in this circumstance and I’m thankful to be part of a program that understands.”

White said the Commodores will miss a valuable inside presence without Horrocks in uniform. “I was so proud of Bree because she did a great job getting ready for the season. She was on schedule to impact our program and I think still will when she returns,” the coach said.

December 6, 2018: For their road contest against Ball State, the Commodores were down to six available players. Bree Horrocks remained out, and Jordyn Cambridge, Chelsie Hall, and Isabella Palmdric were all out with injuries. On top of that, Brinae Alexander started the game but ended up playing only five minutes (see the box score) after suffering some sort of knee injury early in the game. So the remaining five players were on the floor for the entire second half of Vandy’s 60-43 victory.

Not coincidentally, Vandy earlier in the day announced it would be holding tryouts in an attempt to shore up its roster.

December 14, 2018: The shorthanded Commodores have added Jackie Welch to their roster for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. She was a member of Vandy’s soccer team for three seasons.

Jackie Welch, a three-year member of the Vanderbilt women’s soccer team, has officially joined the women’s basketball team for the 2018-19 season.

“We are excited to welcome Jackie to our team,” head coach Stephanie White said. “Not only has she been a part of a championship program and championship culture in soccer, but she’s a student-athlete that understands what it means to compete in the SEC. It’s not often that you find an athlete capable and willing to compete in two sports at this level, but Jackie is an exception and we are thrilled to have her.”

Welch played in all games for the Vanderbilt soccer team her final two seasons, including 18 during her sophomore season, tallying 10 total goals for the Commodores. She transferred to Vanderbilt after a season at Indiana in 2015.

December 15, 2018: Some good news for Vandy, as Bree Horrocks returned to action in today’s loss to Central Michigan, scoring 4 points in 15 minutes on the floor. But the team still started the game with only 7 players, including recent addition-to-the-roster Jackie Welch (see above), who played just 1 minute. Jordyn Cambridge, Chelsie Hall, and Brinae Alexander all remained out, plus it turns out that walk-on Isabella Palmdric is out for the season with a torn ACL. On top of that, sophomore forward Autumn Newby suffered a leg injury late in today’s game.

A roster already trimmed by offseason transfers has been further cut by a crippling rash of injuries. And sophomore forward Autumn Newby suffered a right leg injury late in the game and had to be helped to the bench.

It took Vanderbilt soccer player Jackie Welch suiting up in her first college basketball game and post player Bree Horrocks returning from an offseason health scare involving blood clots just for coach Stephanie White to have substitution options.

December 20, 2018: Two more players returned to the floor for the Commodores in their loss to Miami (FL): Jordyn Cambridge and Chelsie Hall. Autumn Newby remains out, and Brinae Alexander will reportedly be out for three to four more weeks.

December 28, 2018: Autumn Newby ended up missing only two games. She started in today’s Commodore victory over Samford, scoring 11 points in 29 minutes of action (see the box score).

January 6, 2019: The Tennessean provides an update on the Commodores’ injury situation. The main news is that Chelsie Hall reaggravated her previous injury and did not play in the team’s latest game. The team has also added another walk-on, Sarah Gordon, a 5-7 junior guard out of Boulder, Colorado.

Vanderbilt’s active roster was trimmed to as few as six players in mid-December. It’s gotten slightly better, but the Commodores are still not at 100 percent. They had eight players available on Sunday, including six on scholarship and recently added walk-on Sarah Gordon. Walk-on Jackie Welch, a Vanderbilt soccer player who joined the basketball team in December, was set to return to campus Sunday afternoon from holiday break.

Guard Chelsie Hall, an SEC All-Freshman honoree last season, re-aggravated an unspecified injury in last week’s loss to Kentucky. She did not play against Georgia. Freshman Brinae Alexander, a former Riverdale standout, missed a sixth straight game with a knee injury, and walk-on Isabella Paldrmic is out for the season with a torn ACL.


November 9, 2018: Redshirt freshman guard Amandine Toi will miss her second-straight season with a knee injury.

Virginia redshirt freshman guard Amandine Toi (Paris, France) will miss the 2018-19 season, head coach Tina Thompson announced Friday (Nov. 9). Toi will have surgery on her right knee after sustaining an injury during practice.

Toi missed the entire 2017-18 season with a left knee injury.

November 24, 2018: Junior center Felicia Aiyeotan will reportedly be out several weeks with a sprained knee. In the first three games of 2018-19, she had averaged 7.3 PPG and 12.7 RPG, while blocking 11 shots.

Aiyeotan — the ACC’s leader in blocked shots in each of the past two seasons — exited Tuesday’s win over North Carolina A&T in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return.

On Saturday, Thompson called the junior’s injury a sprain and said she expects her to be on the shelf for several weeks.

December 8, 2018: Felicia Aiyeotan remains out, with head coach Tina Thompson saying she does not know when she will return. And freshman guard Erica Martinsen missed her second-straight game after being suspended for violating team rules. And again, during a postgame press conference, Thompson said she did not know when Martinsen would return.

Virginia was short two players: junior center Felicia Aiyeotan (knee injury) and freshman guard Erica Martinsen (violation of team rules)

December 20, 2018: Erica Martinsen‘s suspension turned out to be three games, as she returned for the Cavaliers’ loss today to Alabama (see box score).

January 3, 2019: Felicia Aiyeotan remains sidelined. And it appears that Dani Lawson (a transfer from Purdue) has been denied a waiver to play this season by the NCAA.

After Aiyeotan injured her right knee in a Nov. 20 win over North Carolina A&T at John Paul Jones Arena, doctors said she’d probably be sidelined for six to eight weeks. She recently hit the six-week mark, but she’s not ready to return to the lineup. . . .

(A ninth, forward Dani Lawson, is sitting out this season after transferring from Purdue to Virginia.)

January 9, 2019: Felicia Aiyeotan might return to the floor for the Cavaliers’ game against Virginia Tech on Thursday.

Felicia Aiyeotan was on the floor at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday for practice with her Virginia women’s basketball teammates. Afterward, head coach Tina Thompson didn’t rule out a return for 6-9 junior center when the Wahoos host Virginia Tech on Thursday.

“You guys might see her tomorrow night,” Thompson said with a smile. “It’s quite possible.”

Aiyeotan was wearing a brace on her right knee and working against the Cavaliers’ starters during a walk-through session late in Wednesday afternoon’s practice. Aiyeotan has missed UVA’s last 11 games, after getting injured in the first half of the Wahoos’ win at home against North Carolina A&T on November 20.

On the other hand, this article, also from January 9, definitely states that “Virginia remains without 6-foot-9 center Felicia Aiyeotan.”

UPDATE (Jan. 10): Aiyeotan did end up playing in the Cavaliers’ victory over Virginia Tech today, scoring two points in nine minutes off the bench. She missed 11 games.

Virginia Tech

November 5, 2018: The Hokies are dealing with various injuries at the start of the 2018-19 season: Alexis Jean is out with a separate shoulder until early December, Michelle Berry might miss the entire season on account of an “undisclosed medical condition,” and Kaela Kinder has been off the court since September because of a concussion.

Alexis Jean, a returning starter at power forward (8.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg), suffered a separated shoulder in practice and will be out until early December.

Backup forward Michelle Berry has an undisclosed medical condition and might miss the entire season.

“So we’re very thin again in the post,” Brooks said.

. . .

Tech backup guard Kaela Kinder is in the concussion protocol. She got hurt during an individual workout and has not played since September.

“Our depth will hurt us again this year,” Kenny Brooks said.

January 19, 2019: Injury update for the Hokies: Michelle Berry and Kaela Kinder have yet to play this season. Alexis Jean has returned but isn’t yet at 100 percent, so her time on the floor has been limited.

Tech coach Kenny Brooks wishes his team had more depth. Michelle Berry and Kaela Kinder have been sidelined all season. Alexis Jean has played in the past three games but is not yet 100 percent recovered from her shoulder injury; she has not played more than seven minutes in any one of those games. Rachel Camp, who missed the UVa game because of an illness, returned to action against Notre Dame but was not 100 percent, either. “We thought we were going to have a logjam at the [power forward] spot this year and now that’s one of our spots that we just don’t have anybody,” Brooks said. “We don’t have that depth that we need.”

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