2018-19 Season: Personnel News


February 19, 2019: Junior forward Makenna Woodfolk, the team’s leading scorer, is leaving the program because she is pregnant.

“My recent pregnancy has allowed me time to think about my status with the women’s basketball team,” Woodfolk stated in the release. “Unfortunately, I have decided to stop playing basketball and focus on my academic progress and taking care of myself physically and mentally during this pregnancy. I am sad to leave the program because my teammates and coaches are like family to me and I don’t want to let them down. I know the timing is not optimal, but I feel it is not in my best interest to continue playing. I appreciate my basketball ‘Ohana and all they have done to support me, especially with this difficult decision.”

Said UH coach Laura Beeman in the release: “We wish Makenna all the best as she embarks on this new chapter in her life. This was a difficult decision for her but we will continue to support her and her progress towards graduation. Makenna will always be part of our basketball ‘Ohana and we wish her well.”

Holy Cross

January 31, 2019: Head coach Bill Gibbons has been suspended for the remainder of the 2018-19 season following “an internal investigation into a personnel matter.” Associate head coach Ann McInerney will take charge as interim head coach.

Holy Cross Interim Director of Athletics Brendan Sullivan has announced that head women’s basketball coach Bill Gibbons has been suspended for the remainder of the 2018-19 season, effective immediately.

The suspension comes as the result of an internal investigation into a personnel matter. Associate head coach Ann McInerney has been named interim head coach and will assume the role for the remainder of season. Director of basketball operations Sarah Hope has been elevated to assistant coach.

Also, the Boston Globe reports that Gibbons took a three-month leave of absence several years ago after being “accused in a lawsuit of verbally and physically abusing his players at games and practices.” He was reinstated following an independent investigation.

Gibbons voluntarily took a three-month leave of absence from coaching duties in October 2013 when he was accused in a lawsuit of verbally and physically abusing his players at games and practices. He was reinstated in January 2014 after the college reviewed the findings of an independent investigation.

February 6, 2019: Bill Gibbons issued the following statement today:

“It is important to make clear that the personnel matter relating to me does not in any way involve a claim of sexual misconduct; nor does it involve a student,” Gibbons said. “Furthermore, the matter does not involve any violation of the law or any violation of NCAA or Patriot League rules and regulations. It is strictly an internal, personnel issue. I look forward to returning to my coaching responsibilities at Holy Cross.”


January 25, 2019: Junior guard Jasmyne Harris, a preseason all-conference selection and the Cougars’ leading scorer (16.2 PPG), has missed four-straight games because of a suspension (noted here).

March 2, 2019: Jasmyne Harris has not played since January 6. It’s unclear if she’s still suspended or if there’s some other issue.


November 14, 2018: Junior guard Petra Holesinska is out for the season with a torn ACL.

It’s the sort of depth that the Illini will count on the rest of the way with junior guard Petra Holesinska out for the season due to a torn ACL in her right knee.

Holesinska, who suffered the injury in preseason practices, averaged 22.6 minutes and 6.7 points per game last season despite only starting 12 games.

December 11, 2018: Senior guard Jaelyne Kirkpatrick is out indefinitely with an ankle injury that has already forced her to miss six-straight games. She averaged 6 PPG in 10.5 MPG in the first two games of 2018-19.

Holesinska is out for the season with a torn ACL, while Kirkpatrick has now missed six consecutive games with an ankle injury suffered in a 73-54 victory over Valparaiso on Nov. 14.

Fahey indicated that Kirkpatrick is out indefinitely. The 5-foot-7 senior guard had been wearing a walking boot.

“We’re going to have to (let it) take its time,” Fahey said.

Illinois State

November 29, 2018: Following a string of injuries, the Redbirds are down to eight healthy players for the time being. The latest: freshman guard Mary Crompton is out six weeks with a knee injury. Here’s a summary of the other injured players:

ISU has been without freshman Anya Brooks all season because of chronic nose bleeds, junior forward Megan Talbot has a broken foot and sophomore guard Paige Saylor a broken hand.

[ISU head coach Kristen] Gillespie hopes to be back at full strength by early January.

December 6, 2018:  With four of the team’s twelve scholarship players out with injuries, 6-0 volleyball player Lexi Wallen has been added to the roster.

Wallen is not just another great athlete dipping her toe into another sport. The 6-footer from Champaign scored over 2,200 points and was a three-time all-state selection at Champaign St. Thomas More.

The older sister of Illinois Wesleyan basketball player Doug Wallen wasn’t sure if she would pursue basketball or volleyball in college until her junior year when she concentrated on club volleyball.

“I haven’t played competitively in four years. It’s fun to get back into it,” said Wallen, whose first ISU basketball practice was Wednesday. “It’s definitely going to be challenging, especially learning all the plays when the team has already played seven games. I’ll work hard and try to catch up the best I can.”

January 10, 2019: The Redbirds are now in better shape personnel-wise with the return of Paige Saylor and Megan Talbot from their injuries, as well as former volleyball player Lexi Wallen becoming a “legitimate contributor.”

The return from ailments of guard Paige Saylor and forward Megan Talbot, along with the pleasant surprise of former outside hitter Lexi Wallen turning into a legitimate contributor, has Gillespie singing the praises of her newfound options.

“This week has been so much fun with practice because it has been so competitive,” said Gillespie. “When Paige and Meg and Mary (Crompton) were out, we had to go against guys quite a bit. This week we did five-on-five. We’re starting to come together a little bit.”

Incarnate Word

March 10, 2019: Christy Smith is out as head coach.

University of the Incarnate Word Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom announced Sunday that UIW women’s basketball Head Coach Christy Smith’s contract will not be renewed following the 2018-19 season.

“I want to thank Coach Smith for her service to UIW women’s basketball, the athletics department, UIW, and our students,” said Wickstrom. “She has helped to develop some fine student-athletes during her time here, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.”


February 11, 2019: Redshirt junior point guard Ali Patberg did not play in the Hoosiers’ game today at Michigan State after injuring her shoulder in the team’s previous game. She leads IU in scoring (15.4 PPG) and assists (5 APG) and is third in rebounding (5.2 RPG).

February 13, 2019: Ali Patberg remains out but could return before the end of the regular season.

But Moren said the prognosis on Patberg’s separated shoulder is positive and she is making progress towards a return that Moren thinks could be before the end of the regular season.

February 19, 2019: Hoosiers coach Teri Moren expects Ali Patberg to return to the floor for their game Thursday versus Iowa. (UPDATE: And she did.)

IU is still playing without its leading scorer in junior guard Ali Patberg, but Moren said she expects Patberg to be back for Thursday’s matchup. However, the number of minutes she will be able to play is still to be determined.

March 29, 2019: Sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney suffered a ruptured left Achilles in the Hoosiers’ second-round NCAA tourney loss to Oregon and has had surgery to repair it.

Bendu Yeaney suffered a ruptured left Achilles with 6:56 to play in the third quarter in the NCAA Tournament second round game against Oregon in Eugene on March 24. Yeaney underwent successful surgery Friday afternoon and will begin rehab.

Statement from head coach Teri Moren
“We were all devastated when Bendu went down in the NCAA Tournament game and feel for her through this time. Today, she took the first steps in the recovery process with a successful surgery. We are looking forward to getting her healthy and for her return next season.”

Indiana State

November 15, 2018: Bree Boles, a 6-3 freshman forward out of Lapel HS (IN), is no longer part of the Sycamores program, as was noted in this article from last month. A source indicates she looking to transfer elsewhere.

Bree Boles of Lapel was one of five true freshmen on the ISU roster to start the season but the 6-foot-3 forward is no longer a part of the program, Hall said.

“We decided to part ways. Bree is a really great young lady. I’m just not sure this was the right fit for her to have the right mind frame for what we’re going to do. I wish her all the best. I think she’ll be successful no matter what she does in life and we’ll always be there to help her,” Hall said.

January 11, 2019: Late word that Sycamore freshman center Lynn Tamis is out for the season (3.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG). She suffered a torn ACL in early December.

The story, though, was ISU’s defense. The Sycamores (8-6, 2-1) limited Illinois State to 27.8 percent shooting. ISU stopped Illinois State’s inside game, no mean feat considering ISU’s starting post player, Lynn Tamis, is out for the season.

February 2, 2019: Ana Valero Lopez, a freshman forward out of Spain, has left the team for “personal reasons.” She played in nine games in November and December, averaging 1.6 PPG in 6.1 MPG.

Indiana State coach Vicki Hall announced Saturday an update to her team’s roster following its 76-69 win at Evansville on Friday.

Ana Valero Lopez, a freshman forward who appeared in nine games this season, has decided to leave the team due to personal reasons. She last saw action Dec. 30 against Davenport.


June 15, 2018: Freshman guard Kate Martin will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL.

A two-time all-state and all-metro honoree, Martin would’ve likely provided backcourt depth behind guards Mackenzie Meyer, Alexis Sevillian, Kathleen Doyle and Tania Davis.

But as the Hawkeyes learned last season following Davis’ own ACL tear in December, you can never have too many guards. Martin’s injury depletes that depth a bit more.

November 2, 2018: Junior guard Kathleen Doyle will be out four to six weeks after suffering a fracture of her left (non-shooting) hand. In her sophomore campaign, Doyle averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game.

Junior guard Kathleen Doyle suffered a left hand fracture during Friday’s practice and will miss four to six weeks, the Hawkeyes announced. The preseason all-Big Ten selection fractured the third and fourth metacarpal in her left (non-shooting) hand.

December 5, 2018: Kathleen Doyle returned from her injury in Iowa’s 73-70 victory over Iowa State, scoring 22 points.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder provided little information Monday that Doyle would return this week, but an x-ray that day revealed enough progress in her fractured hand to give it a go.

The junior guard didn’t start, but she still made plenty of contributions off the bench.

“We did not get a call from our hand specialist until 4 o’clock Monday,” Bluder said. “So we did not know (she’d be able to go until then), and we didn’t practice until Tuesday. She had one practice leading up to this game.”

February 7, 2019: Junior guard Makenzie Meyer (9.2 PPG) missed the Hawkeyes’ victory over Michigan State with a hyperextended knee, and she is listed as day-to-day.

Junior guard Makenzie Meyer did not play and watched the game in street clothes from the bench. She hyper-extended a knee during Iowa’s 81-61 win at Penn State on Feb. 3 and her status is day-to-day.

February 14, 2019: Makenzie Meyer returned from her injury in the Hawkeye’s victory over Illinois today.

Finally, Makenzie Meyer returned from injury with 10 points on 2-3 shooting from three. It didn’t look like the injury was slowing her down all that much.

Iowa State

November 4, 2018: Two of the Cyclones’ freshmen will redshirt this season: Morgan Kane and Maddie Frederick.

On Sunday afternoon, women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly announced that freshmen Morgan Kane and Maddie Frederick will redshirt their first season at Iowa State.

“They’re great kids, and any day that they’re with us, we’re a better program, we’re a better university,” he said after Iowa State defeated Winona State 73-39 in an exhibition at Hilton Coliseum. “They made the decision that they will redshirt and get their fifth year.”

March 4, 2019: Cyclones reserve forward Inès Nezerwa is seeking another year of eligibility from the NCAA. She has played in every game so far this season, averaging 4.9 PPG and 3.2 RPG in 9.2 MPG.

Last year, Ines Nezerwa spent months and months waiting on an NCAA decision to grant her the eligibility to play Division I basketball. Now, she’s waiting again.

Nezerwa, who transferred to Iowa State this season and was listed as a senior all year, will not be honored at ISU’s senior night tonight. The 25-year old Burundian is waiting to hear back on an NCAA decision that would grant her another year of eligibility.

James Madison

December 11, 2018: Redshirt junior forward Kelly Koshuta has been suspended for a violation of team rules since mid-November. Koshuta started the first two games of 2018-19, averaging 12 PPG. She averaged 12.9 PPG last season.

Benitez has quickly become the consistent, effective scorer JMU needed to ease junior guard Kamiah Smalls’ scoring burden in redshirt junior forward Kelly Koshuta’s suspension. Koshuta hasn’t played since Nov. 13 for a violation of team rules, according to a team source.

December 17, 2018: Kelly Koshuta has been dismissed from the team.

“We have a standard of which I expect each of our student athletes to live up to,” O’Regan said. “Kelly didn’t meet that standard.”

A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Koshuta played one full season with the Dukes after transferring from Virginia Tech. In two games this season she averaged 12 points and 4.5 rebounds.


January 11, 2019: Chronic knee issues have ended the basketball career of junior center Tyler Johnson, who has received a medical disqualification. She played in just four games this season, averaging 6.3 MPG and scoring 11 points overall.

Junior center Tyler Johnson has been medically disqualified and will step away from basketball after suffering from chronic knee issues throughout her career at Kansas.

“Our staff really enjoyed coaching and working with Tyler,” said head coach Brandon Schneider. “Though we regret that her career on the court was cut short, Tyler is always a Jayhawk. We wish her all the best as she continues her education at Kansas.”

Johnson appeared in four games this season, averaging 6.3 minutes. She recorded 11 points and five rebounds off the bench. The Leavenworth, Kansas native tallied 354 points and 224 rebounds during her career.

March 5, 2019: Senior guard Jessica Washington has ended her injury-riddled collegiate basketball career.

“Jessica has decided to step away from the team to focus on her rehab and train for the next phase of her basketball career,” KU coach Brandon Schneider told the Journal-World this week via a statement through a KU spokesperson.

Kansas State

November 30, 2018: Sophomore guard Cymone Goodrich is out for the season with a shoulder injury.

Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie has announced that sophomore guard Cymone Goodrich will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season due to a shoulder injury. K-State and Goodrich will apply for a medical hardship to regain this season of eligibility.

“We are disappointed for Cymone as she had worked hard this offseason in preparation for this season,” said Mittie about the loss of the Chicago, Illinois, native. “We look forward to her getting back on the court healthy and ready to go for the 2019-20 season.”

Before sustaining the injury, Goodrich played in the season-opener against Omaha on November 12. She came off the bench to register 16 minutes of action and tally eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

January 7, 2019: Sophomore Maary Lakes was arrested early this morning on domestic battery and property damage charges. She had been in July 2018 on suspicion of domestic battery, but those charges were later dropped. Lakes is averaging 1.6 PPG in 7.4 MPG off the bench this season.

Kansas State women’s basketball sophomore Maary Lakes was arrested early Monday morning by the university police department.

Lakes was arrested at 12:33 a.m. Monday on one count of domestic battery/reckless bodily harm and one count of criminal damage to property less than $1,000. She’s free on $750 bond.

UPDATE: Lakes has been dismissed from the team.

“This is a very disappointing outcome as Maary was a student-athlete with so much potential,” K-State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie said in a statement. “But, we have certain standards and expectations that all of our student-athletes must meet and when those standards are not met, there are consequences. Maary was someone we thought deserved a second chance, but unfortunately, it is time for us to both move on, and we wish her nothing but the best.”


October 22, 2018: Sophomore center Dorie Harrison is out indefinitely for “personal health reasons.” She had averaged 6.7 PPG and 3.8 RPG during the 2017-18 season.

“Dorie needs to step away from the basketball court to address her personal health. We will give her the time she needs to get healthy and she has our full support. We look forward to her return to the court. We ask everyone to respect her privacy during this time,” Mitchell said.

Harrison played in 32 games last season with eight starts, averaging 6.7 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game. The native of Nashville was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after scoring 15 points with five rebounds vs. Alabama and 16 points with four rebounds at Arkansas.

January 11, 2019: The injury suffered by senior point guard Taylor Murray in the Wildcats’ win over Tennessee turned out not be a serious one, and she is “day-to-day” with a patella bone bruise.

The knee injury suffered at the end of the first half Thursday night is not serious and her ability to play will be assessed “day-to-day.” UK Coach Matthew Mitchell called the injury a patella bone bruise.

“She’s a tough, tough kid,” Mitchell said at the team’s press conference Friday. “We would not be the team we are right now without Taylor Murray. … It’s a bruise and we’re thankful that it’s not ligaments.”

January 23, 2019: The Wildcats have been contending with injuries to their top three scorers: Taylor Murray, Maci Morris, and Rhyne Howard.

Howard, UK’s second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, remained questionable for Thursday after bumping her head in practice last week and entering concussion protocol.

Murray has been hobbled since a knee bruise against Tennessee and sat out last week’s win over LSU. Morris sat out the loss to Mississippi with knee pain on Jan. 13. Together they are the team’s leading scorers, each averaging double figures, but their absence has allowed others on the team to step up, evident in the way the Cats gutted out a road win over Tennessee two weeks ago and how they survived LSU last week.

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