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: Ohio State (Oct. 23), Kentucky (Oct. 22), UT Arlington (Oct. 21), Central Michigan (Oct. 20), Tennessee (Oct. 19), Texas Southern (Oct. 18), Delaware (Oct. 18), Maryland (Oct. 18), North Carolina (Oct. 18), St. Bonaventure (Oct. 18), Youngstown State (Oct. 18), Vanderbilt (Oct. 17), East Carolina (Oct. 17), Mississippi State (Oct. 16), Vanderbilt (Oct. 16)


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


Iowa

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.


Kentucky

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.


Louisville

October 14, 2018Loretta Kakala (6-2 center out of Manteca, CA) announces that she’s transferring from Louisville to Pacific (West Coast Conference). Ranked #25 by espnW in the 2017 class and also named a McDonald’s All-American, she redshirted last season after seeing action in four games.

This continues the extraordinarily high rate of transfers out of the Louisville program. They signed eighteen players in the 2014 through 2017 recruiting classes, with half of them (nine) now having transferred out.


Maine

October 10, 2018Rongomai Timson, who had signed with the Black Bears in the spring as part of their 2018 recruiting class, won’t be joining the team. Timson, a point guard out of New Zealand, attended Life Prep Academy (Wichita, KS) the last two years.

New Zealand Under-16 national team point guard Rongomai Timson, who signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Maine on a basketball scholarship, had a change of heart.

“She didn’t come. Things just didn’t work out,” said University of Maine women’s head coach Amy Vachon, who wouldn’t elaborate on the reasons for Timson’s decision.


Maryland

October 18, 2018: Junior wing Blair Watson could be back “around the start of the new year.” She had suffered a torn ACL in early January and ended up being the Terps second-leading scorer in 2017-18 at 13.8 PPG, playing in only 17 games.

Watson was cleared for contact just Wednesday and said she is expected to be able to go “full throttle” sometime around the start of the new year, but Frese said they won’t rush the process. . . .

Watson made her biggest impact from the wing last season; she had made a team-leading 63 three-pointers (third-most in the Big Ten) when the injury ended her season early. Although Watson said she feels good after undergoing surgery to repair the ligament in February, she still has a mental hurdle to overcome.

“It’s still hard now, because I did tear it going up for a layup,” she said. “So now when I go up for layups, I have to reassure myself that everything is okay. Like, ‘Don’t get in your mind; your leg is perfectly fine.’ ”


Mississippi State

September 24, 2018: Bulldogs head coach Vic Schaefer says the team is pursuing immediate eligibility waivers for two transfers: guard Andra Espinoza-Hunter (ex-Connecticut) and center Promise Taylor (ex–Ole Miss). His 2018-19 squad has already been bolstered with the addition of grad transfer Anriel Howard (ex–Texas A&M).

Ten of the 15 players on the roster averaged double-digit minutes on the trip to Italy. Guard Andra Espinoza-Hunter, a transfer from Connecticut, averaged 14.3 minutes per game, while center Promise Taylor, a transfer from Ole Miss, averaged 7.0 mpg. Schaefer said he isn’t sure if both players will be eligible to play this season. He said he isn’t sure when the NCAA will rule on the immediate eligibility of either player or both of them. Typically, transfers have to sit out a year when they transfer to another school.

Schaefer said MSU has to request a waiver from the NCAA for transfers. He said MSU has requested a waiver for Espinoza-Hunter but it hasn’t yet for Taylor, but it will.

“I would hope that they would be eligible,” Schaefer said. “I think each case has its own merits, so we’ll be anxious to see.”

October 6, 2018: With Vic Schaefer awaiting word on whether transfer center Promise Taylor would be eligible for 2018-19, another of the centers on his roster, Daphane White, has reportedly transferred out, electing to join the Mississippi Gulf Coast CC team. White was ranked #45 in the 2018 class, per espnW. This development, plus the transfer of junior forward Jonika Garvin to Palm Beach Atlantic University (D-II), opens up additional room for the Bulldogs’ 2019 recruiting class.

October 16, 2018: The Bulldogs gain even more room for their 2019 recruiting class with the departure of Jacaira “Iggy” Allen, a redshirt sophomore guard out of Pompano Beach, FL. She was espnW’s #77 player in the 2016 class.

Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer confirmed Monday night that redshirt sophomore guard Jacaira “Iggy” Allen is no longer with the program.

Allen, a 5-foot-10 guard from Pompano Beach, Florida (Dillard High School), sat out the 2017-18 season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason. Schaefer said numerous times last season Allen looked great in the offseason and in the preseason and was a contender for a starting spot. He declined to comment on Allen’s decision to leave MSU.

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