2018-19 Season: Personnel News

Roster-related news for the 2018-19 D-I women’s basketball season, covering injuries, suspensions, dismissals, preseason and in-season transfers, roster additions, and preseason and in-season coaching changes, arranged by school.

Latest updates: Northern Illinois (Dec. 8), Texas (Dec. 8), Virginia (Dec. 8), Notre Dame (Dec. 7), Pitt (Dec. 7), Duke (Dec. 7), Vanderbilt (Dec. 6), UConn (Dec. 6), Illinois State (Dec. 6), Northern Illinois (Dec. 6), Northern Iowa (Dec. 6), Iowa (Dec. 5), Georgia (Dec. 4), Syracuse (Dec. 2), Notre Dame (Dec. 1), Georgia (Nov. 30), South Florida (Nov. 30), Kansas State (Nov. 30), Illinois State (Nov. 29), UConn (Nov. 29)


Arizona

November 16, 2018: Kiana Barkhoff, 6-3 sophomore forward out of Kitzingen, Germany, is transferring from the Wildcats. She played in 22 games in 2017-18, averaging 0.7 PPG in 5.9 MPG. Her departure reduces the Arizona roster to eleven players. UPDATE (December 3): Barkhoff is transferring to Mercer.

November 28, 2018: Another player is transferring from the Wildcats: Shalyse Smith, a 6-1 freshman forward out of Tacoma, Washington. The 2018-19 roster is now down to ten, when it was expected to be fifteen.

The news came a week after Kiana Barkhoff asked for a transfer to be closer to her home in Florida. During the offseason, Sammy Fatkin and Marlee Kyles decided to leave the UA and Valeria Trucco opted to go pro instead of joining the Wildcats.

UPDATE (December 3): Marlee Kyles is transferring to Colorado State.


Baylor

September 11, 2018: Alexis Morris, expected to be the team’s starting point guard after averaging 9.4 points and 3.4 assists during the 2017-18 campaign, was dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Sophomore guard Alexis Morris, one of the standout freshmen on last year’s squad, has been dismissed from the Baylor women’s basketball team, just six weeks away from the team’s first exhibition game. Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey released a statement that Morris has been dismissed “for a violation of team rules, effective immediately.”

The 5-6 guard was expected to be the starting point guard this season with plenty of excitement surrounding her return to the court after her performance as a freshman.


BYU

November 5, 2018: Sophomore center Sara Hamson, the team’s leading rebounder last year, will miss at least the beginning of the 2018-19 season with a knee injury.

First, the Cougars will start the season without their only other returning starter, 6-foot-7 sophomore center Sara Hamson. She was BYU’s best rebounder last season, averaging 7.7 boards per game, but sustained an ACL injury in early August while preparing for volleyball season and won’t return to the basketball lineup until December, at the earliest.


Buffalo

October 1, 2018Finess Dickson was granted a waiver by the NCAA to play immediately after transferring from Memphis. She played very little in 2017-18 for the Tigers during her injury-plagued freshman season. Dickson also received a medical hardship waiver, so she retains four years of eligibility.

The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team received some great news late last week as the NCAA approved a waiver to allow Memphis transfer Finess Dickson to be immediately eligible for competition. Dickson will be a redshirt freshman this season for the Bulls after being granted a medical hardship waiver last season at Memphis.

“Finess has been fighting for over a year to get on that basketball court again and she needed someone to fight with her,” stated head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. “To have her come to Buffalo and believe in us enough for a chance to be eligible to play as a walk-on is extraordinary. She believes that we are the people that can help her grow into this game of life. I am humbled and thrilled to have her character, academics, basketball and belief join our Bulls family. We are blessed to have Finess join us.”

Dickson was granted legislative relief by the NCAA, through a legislative relief waiver, so instead of sitting out a full academic year for the Bulls after transferring, she will be immediately eligible to play. The University of Memphis was in full support of the waiver and worked with the Bulls to get the waiver approved by the NCAA.


UC Irvine

September 23, 2018Morgan Green, first-team All–Big West in 2017-18 after leading the league in scoring at 22.8 PPG, is not listed on the Anteaters’ 2018-19 roster. She has a year of eligibility remaining.

November 12, 2018: The team’s game notes indicate that freshman forward Melodie Kapinga suffered an ACL injury during the off-season, so she will presumably sit out 2018-19.


Cal State Bakersfield

October 23, 2018Kandiss Barber, who had transferred from Rutgers to CSUB and then sat out the 2017-18 season, is no longer on the Roadrunners team.

Kandiss Barber transferred to CSUB from Rutgers and sat out the 2017-18 season because of NCAA rules. She would have been one of the top players on the team this season but is no longer with the Roadrunners.

“Just one of things where it just didn’t work out,” CSUB head coach Greg McCall said. “Wish it could have, but it didn’t.”


Central Michigan

October 20, 2018: Sophomore guard Sophia Karasinski has suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season.

Guevara mentioned Karasinski was going to be one of the top players off the bench, helping provide a spark from the 3-point line along with three fellow reserves – sophomore guard Maddy Watters, junior forward Gabrielle Bird and sophomore guard MacKenna Kelly.


UConn

November 29, 2018: Redshirt junior forward Batouly Camara is out indefinitely with a sprained right knee.

Auriemma announced that forward Batouly Camara suffered a sprained right knee in practice on Monday and is out indefinitely. The Kentucky transfer has averaged just 5 minutes, and just over two points a game this season.

December 6, 2018: Sophomore wing Lexi Gordon has decided to transfer from the Huskies. Her other finalists when making her college commitment were Baylor, Texas, and TCU—all located in her home state (she’s from Fort Worth).

“I would like to thank the coaching and support staffs, the fans and most importantly, my teammates, at UConn,” said Gordon. “I am grateful for my time at Connecticut. I’ve learned what it takes to be part of a championship program and I look forward to taking this experience to the next stop in my basketball and academic career.”

Gordon has appeared in 30 games at UConn, including four this season. She averaged 0.4 points and 0.4 rebounds per game in her career.


Delaware

August 30, 2018Nicole Enabosi, the 2017-18 CAA player of the year, will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL. The 6-0 senior forward from Gaithersburg, Maryland, whose mother was born in Nigeria, led the CAA in points (18 PPG) and rebounding (11.8 PPG).

Nicole Enabosi will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament after being named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as a junior last season.

Enabosi hurt her knee during tryouts for the Nigeria national team in Atlanta. She accompanied the Blue Hens to Spain during their recent tour, in which they won one of three games, but did not play.

“This is never something that you want any student-athlete to experience or go through,” Delaware coach Natasha Adair, who experienced the same injury as a collegiate player, said in a UD statement. “Nicole is resilient and tough. We’re here to support her through this difficult time and know she will come back better than ever.’’

Enabosi may return as a fifth-year senior in 2019-20.

October 18, 2018: This report says the Blue Hens have lost a second player to a season-ending torn ACL: freshman wing Lolo Davenport.

In addition, 6-foot-1 guard/forward Lolo Davenport, the freshman from Texas who spurned an offer from the home-state powerhouse Longhorns to come to Delaware, tore her ACL in preseason practice and will also miss the season.


Denver

November 16, 2018: The Pioneers gain another active player, with junior forward
Courtney Smith being granted a transfer waiver to play in 2018-19. She made her Denver debut tonight, scoring 10 points in 32 minutes on the floor, in a game against Northern Colorado, the school she transferred from after spending her first two years there.

Courtney Smith finished with 10 points and four rebounds in her first game donning the Crimson and Gold.

November 21, 2018: Junior guard Briana Johnson will miss the entire 2018-19 season after suffering a torn ACL, per her former AAU coach. She was a starter in nearly every game last season, averaging 8.5 PPG and 3.2 APG.


Duke

October 29, 2018: After reinjuring her knee, redshirt junior point guard Kyra Lambert will miss her second-straight season.

For the second straight season, Duke University point guard Kyra Lambert will be sidelined as the redshirt junior reinjured her knee. She is expected to have surgery in November for a meniscal tear and to reconstruct her ACL in her left knee.

“I will not be playing this 2018-19 season due to having another knee surgery,” said Lambert. “This has been an extremely difficult and frustrating process, but I know that God has a plan. This is just another step in my journey.”

Lambert, who was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list last week, was still going through rehab and had yet to be cleared for practices involving contact.

“Kyra experienced a very serious contact injury two years ago in the NCAA tourney,” said Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “She has worked tirelessly to get back. Unfortunately, she cannot catch a break. She will undergo a third surgery and looks forward to her future opportunity to compete for one or two years more at Duke. We will pursue every opportunity for her. This year she will serve as a very valuable student coach and mentor. We are devastated for her and her family. But, we are emboldened by her spirit and fight.”

A native of Cibolo, Texas, Lambert had started 56-of-65 contests over her first two years prior to the injury in 2017, which was a freak contact injury in the NCAA Tournament first round against Hampton.

December 7, 2018: Redshirt freshman point guard Mikayla Boykin returned to the court after a nearly yearlong absence following a torn ACL. In a victory over UNLV, she tallied 11 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals in 20 minutes of action.

Even with a brace on, Boykin played a dynamic game in her return, hounding the Lady Rebels in the backcourt on defense and penetrating into the lane on offense, often before kicking the ball to a wide open teammate. She finished the night with 11 points, five steals and a team-leading six assists in 20 minutes of play.

“It was just a joy being out there with my teammates,” Boykin said. “The energy, being out there having fun with my teammates was one of the best feelings in the world. I waited a year for this. Coaches, teammates, everyone pushed me in practice to make me become the player that I am, and I commend them for that.”


East Carolina

October 17, 2018: An internal review by ECU’s compliance office has led to the resignation of head coach Heather Macy, effective immediately. Assistant coach Chad Killinger was named interim head coach. The compliance review apparently involved the violation of practice rules. Official press release:

ECU Head Women’s Basketball Coach Heather Macy announced Wednesday she has resigned from her position effective immediately.

Her decision came at the conclusion of an internal review of the program led by the athletics department’s office of compliance.

“I regret that my misunderstanding about practice rules has led to this end, but I have chosen to resign in order to save the University and the team from any unnecessary distractions,” Macy said.

Macy, who compiled a 134-117 (.534) record in eight seasons leading the Pirates, will be reassigned within the department until the completion of her employment on Dec. 17, 2018.

Appointed as the Pirates’ ninth head coach in 2010, Macy finished her ECU tenure as the all-time winningest coach in program history and three postseason appearances.

Current assistant coach Chad Killinger has accepted the role as interim head coach according to ECU Acting Chief Operating Officer Lee Workman.

October 25, 2018: Nique Cherry, a 6-0 forward out of Laurel, MS, who had signed with East Carolina as a juco transfer from Jones County JC (MS), announced that she’s transferring to Clemson, following the coaching change. In addition, Kaylee Jefferson, a 6-0 guard hailing from Sulphur Springs, TX, is no longer listed on the ECU roster. She was one of two incoming freshmen who had signed with the Pirates in November 2017. UPDATE (December 3): Jefferson is transferring to Sam Houston State, in a midyear transfer.


Elon

November 8, 2018: Hearing that junior guard Jada Graves is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in the team’s opening game versus North Carolina on Tuesday. (Graves’s injury was described in this article, from which the extract below came. That article mentions that sophomore forward Jaylin Powell was also injured in the same game, but her status is unknown.)

Things went from bad to worse for the Phoenix in the fourth quarter. Down 32 points with just under six and a half minutes to play in the game, junior guard Jada Graves went down screaming in pain, grabbing her right knee. Though Smith may very well have just lost two of her starters in the first game of the season due to injuries, Smith is constantly focused on the end goal.

“Of course this is not what I had anticipated for our home opener, but it just goes back to what we’ve done all preseason: make adjustments and keep moving forward,” Smith said.

Graves was helped off the court to cheers from all fans but was completely unable to put any weight on her injured leg.


Florida State

July 26, 2018: Incoming freshman guard Izabela Nicoletti, ranked #16 in the 2018 class by espnW, will miss the 2018-19 season with a knee injury suffered in off-season workouts.

Top-notch freshman guard Izabela Nicoletti, labeled as one of the 2018 class’ very best guards, will miss the 2018-19 season after suffering a knee injury in off-season workouts on Wednesday morning.

The native of Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a McDonald’s All-American who also competed in the Jordan Brand Classic alongside teammate Valencia Myers earlier in the year. ESPNW rated her as the 16th-best player in the 2018 recruiting class as well as a Top-5 guard.

October 28, 2018: Redshirt sophomore forward Iho Lopez suffered multiple injuries in a car accident, leaving her “out for an undetermined amount of time.”

Sophomore forward Iho Lopez’ multiple injuries sustained in a car accident this week which will keep her out for an undetermined amount of time will increase Myers’ usage and importance this season.


George Washington

November 5, 2018: Freshman guard Tori Hyduke is out for the season with an ACL injury.

Freshman guard Tori Hyduke and redshirt sophomore guard Sydney Zambrotta were slated as the next in line to run the floor behind senior guard Mei-Lyn Bautista, but an ACL injury has rendered Hyduke unable to play and Zambrotta – a transfer from Louisville – is forced to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

With Hyduke and Zambrotta out of the realm of possibilities, the responsibility of running the floor behind Bautista will instead fall on sophomore guard Lexus Levy and freshman guard Maddie Loder, Rizzotti said.

“Neither one of them are true point guards, but both of them have experience playing point, and I’ve challenged them to step up their game,” Rizzotti said.


Georgia

November 1, 2018: Sophomore guard Que Morrison is out “indefinitely” with a knee injury. She was the team’s third-leading scorer and rebounder in 2017-18, averaging 8.6 PPG and 5.1 RPG.

Georgia sophomore guard Que Morrison will miss the start of the season after suffering a torn lateral meniscus injury in practices leading up to the season opener on Nov. 9 against St. Bonaventure.

Morrison underwent surgery Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery, a team source told the Athens Banner-Herald. Morrison was seen on crutches prior to undergoing the procedure and wasn’t bearing weight on her left leg. She is considered to be out indefinitely.

November 30, 2018: Sophomore forward Malury Bates is out for the season with a torn ACL. Through the first seven games of 2018-19, she had averaged 5 points and 5 boards per game, in 16.1 MPG off the bench.

December 4, 2018: Que Morrison has made her season debut, returning from the preseason knee injury.

It took longer than she would’ve liked, but one of Georgia’s best players from last season finally made her 2018 season debut. Que Morrison came off the bench for Georgia women’s basketball and added two points in 13 minutes in the Lady Bulldogs’ 61-38 victory over Furman at Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday night.


Green Bay

September 24, 2018: The Phoenix picked up a late addition to their 2018-19 roster, Carly Mohns, a grad-transfer from Iowa.

The Green Bay women’s basketball program has announced the addition of graduate-transfer Carly Mohns, who will be eligible to play immediately in 2018-19. Mohns graduated from Iowa in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management and has begun working on her Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay this fall.

“Initially I wasn’t sure I was going to use my fifth year of eligibility, but after meeting with the team and coaches at Green Bay it seemed like the perfect place to finish my collegiate career,” Mohns said. “I’m excited to return to my home state of Wisconsin and get back on the court for my final season.”

October 24, 2018: Junior guard Caitlyn Hibner, a returning starter from last season (5.3 PPG, 4 RPG), will miss the 2018-19 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery over the summer.

Things are made more difficult with the loss of 6-foot junior guard Caitlyn Hibner, who is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. The arm injury mostly is seen in baseball.

[Green Bay head coach Kevin] Borseth said she first sustained the injury last season, which forced her to miss a loss at Cleveland State in February. She came off the bench her first two games back but started during the Horizon League tournament and against Minnesota in the NCAA tournament.

November 8, 2018: The Phoenix lose a second player to a season-ending injury: sophomore forward Karly Murphy, a starter and the team’s leading returning scorer from last season (8.1 PPG), goes down with a knee injury.

Coach Kevin Borseth issued a statement Thursday: “After evaluations from our medical staff, it has been determined Karly Murphy suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday’s game against Northwestern. She will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season. Karly will have the full support of our team and medical staff during this difficult time.”

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