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2018-19 Season: Personnel News


Cal

December 19, 2018: Redshirt sophomore guard Mi’Cole Cayton will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season after undergoing successful surgery to repair damaged cartilage in her right knee. She tore an ACL in the season opener of 2017-18 and had to sit out the rest of that season.

“You never wish injury on a player, let alone injuries in back-to-back years,” said Gottlieb. “However, I can say that Mi’Cole is mentally tougher than ever and is approaching this physical setback with a positive mindset. She remains a crucial part of our team, our locker room culture, and the journey we’re on together this season.”

A redshirt sophomore, Cayton appeared in three games for the Bears during the 2018-19 campaign and was a Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention in 2017.

March 2, 2019: Junior center CJ West is under concussion protocol and did not play in the Golden Bears’ game yesterday and may not play in their game tomorrow.


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.


UCLA

March 7, 2019: Senior point guard Japreece Dean has been granted another year of eligibility, enabling her to return to the Bruins for the 2019-20 season (mentioned in the game notes).

On March 7, the UCLA women’s basketball program announced that Japreece Dean would be granted one more year of eligibility. A native of Austin, Texas, Dean ranks third on the team in scoring with 13.2 points per game and leads the team in assists per outing (4.8). She also leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth nationally in free throw percentage, shooting 92.2 percent.


Cal Poly

January 29, 2019: Senior starting point guard Dye Stahley (9.1 PPG, 5 APG) has been sidelined with an injury, missing the Mustangs’ last two games. Other players on the team are apparently also injured, although the article doesn’t specify who.


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 Arkansas

January 19, 2019: Junior forward Keturah Bingham is no longer listed on the team roster and is transferring.  She played in 13 games during the 2018-19 season, starting 3 and averaging 5.5 PPG in 13.1 MPG.


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.


Colorado

December 6, 2018: After playing in the first two games of 2018-19, sophomore forward Aubrey Knight reinjured her right shoulder and is out for the season and will undergo surgery on the shoulder.

While being unable to provide the particular medical details, Payne said the surgery Knight will undergo next week will be a more intricate procedure than the one last spring in order to increase the chances of stabilizing Knight’s shoulder.

Knight is expected to redshirt and retain this season of eligibility.

December 27, 2018: Freshman guard Cameron Swartz has decided to transfer from the Buffaloes. Swartz, who hails from Marietta, Georgia, had appeared in seven games this season, averaging 3.1 PPG in 6.6 MPG. UPDATE: Swartz ended up transferring to Boston College.

January 12, 2019: Senior point guard Kennedy Leonard, the team’s leading scorer (14.1 PPG), sat out CU’s game yesterday with a foot sprain and is considered “day to day.” She had started 100 consecutive games.

For the first time in her career, senior Kennedy Leonard did not suit up for the Buffaloes, as she is dealing with a foot sprain. CU head coach JR Payne told Buffzone that Leonard is “day to day.”

Without their leading scorer and floor general, the Buffs lost at Washington, 68-58, at Alaska Airlines Arena.

January 25, 2019: Kennedy Leonard missed her fourth-straight game, and with two other players sitting out with injuries, the Buffs were down to eight players for their game versus Stanford (an 80-69 loss).

CU played its fourth consecutive game without senior point guard Kennedy Leonard, who wore a walking boot on her injured left foot and remains day to day. The Buffs also played without junior Mathilde Diop, who wore a boot on her right foot; and freshman Peanut Tuitele, who has dealt with various injuries.

January 31, 2019: Kennedy Leonard remains out with what has been diagnosed as a foot sprain. She won’t play in the Buffs’ games this weekend against Oregon State and Oregon.

After the ASU game, though, Leonard spoke up to team doctors and they diagnosed the problem. Officially, CU is calling the injury a foot sprain.

“I meet with the doctors every week, I get treatment every day,” she said. “I do a ton of stuff, but there’s nothing really that fixes it except for time.”

February 17, 2019: Good news, bad news for the Buffs: After missing ten-straight games, Kennedy Leonard returned to the floor in CU’s loss today to Arizona, although she played just 12 minutes. But senior guard Alexis Robinson (12.8 PPG) was out with a “knee issue.”

Leonard, who had missed the previous 10 games with a foot injury, played 12 minutes off the bench and contributed five points and three assists, but her return wasn’t enough to prevent the Buffs (11-14, 1-13 Pac-12) from getting swept by the Wildcats (17-8, 7-7) this season.

While Leonard returned, senior Alexis Robinson missed the game with a knee issue. Robinson has been CU’s leading scorer in Pac-12 play, at 16.5 points per game.

March 2, 2019: According to this article, freshman Peanut Tuitele will miss her second-straight game on Sunday with a concussion.


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.

January 5, 2019: Batouly Camara returned to the floor during the Huskies’ loss to Baylor after recovering from her sprained knee.

After missing six games with a sprained knee, UConn forward Batouly Camara returned in Thursday’s loss to Baylor.

February 24, 2019: Head coach Geno Auriemma did not travel with the team to Tulsa and will miss the game because of an illness.

February 26, 2019: Geno Auriemma‘s illness is a stomach virus, and he will miss his second-consecutive game, the matchup today with Wichita State.

UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma will miss his second consecutive game due to a stomach virus as the Huskies face Wichita State Tuesday.

“Based on my doctor’s recommendations, I’ve decided it’s in my best interest to stay home and fully recuperate,” Auriemma said. “I look forward to being back on the sideline at 100 percent this weekend.”

Associate head coach Chris Dailey will lead the team in Auriemma’s absence. Dailey has guided UConn to an 8-0 record in games when Auriemma has been unavailable.

March 2, 2019: Senior wing Katie Lou Samuelson injured her back in the team’s victory over Houston today and is questionable for their next game.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said the training staff will determine Sunday if Samuelson will be able to make the Huskies’ final road trip of the regular season to South Florida for a game Monday night.

March 5, 2019: Katie Lou Samuelson did not play in the team’s game yesterday and is considered day to day.

Samuelson, who’s averaging 18.9 points on 45 percent shooting, missed her first game of the season after sitting out practice on Sunday. Auriemma said Samuelson is day-to-day.

“She was better today than yesterday,” Auriemma said. “We’ll see the next couple days. When you’ve got back issues, I don’t think it’s anything trivial no matter what they say.

“Minor spasms or whatever, I don’t care. I’m a little leery when people start talking about backs. It affects so much of everything else.”

March 8, 2019: Katie Lou Samuelson will miss the entire AAC tourney because of her back injury.

UConn senior Katie Lou Samuelson will miss the 2019 American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship after suffering an injury last Saturday vs. Houston.

The senior is second on the team with 18.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.


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.

January 19, 2019: Sophomore wing Justina Mascaro is no longer listed on the team roster and is transferring. She played in 11 games this season, starting two and averaging 5 PPG in 13.8 MPG. UPDATE (Jan. 21): Mascaro announced she’s transferring to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (D-II), returning to her home state.


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.


DePaul

December 14, 2018: Head coach Doug Bruno had spinal surgery earlier this week. It’s uncertain when he’ll be able to return to the sidelines. The Blue Demons’ next game is on December 17. Associate head coach Jill Pizzotti would take over in his absence.

On Tuesday, Bruno had his surgery.

A time line for his return is uncertain right now.

“I should know (more) as the days move along,” Bruno said.

In the meantime, Bruno might miss his first game in years if he’s not ready to return for Tennessee State.

If that’s the case, associate head coach Jill Pizzotti will be at the controls.

December 18, 2018: Doug Bruno ended up not missing a game after his surgery. He was on the sidelines, though remaining seated in a chair, for the Blue Demons’ victory over Tennessee State yesterday.

Bruno added he followed doctors orders by remaining in a chair near the court during the game, but also learned about how much energy even doing that is expended coaching a game.

“What it taught me is how much energy and effort goes into coaching,” Bruno said. “Sometimes you take it for granted as a coach, but I know I’m exhausted after I coach every game in full health but this really shows you how much goes into actually coaching and just sitting there not getting up and down you can’t separate the emotion of what’s going on every possession because I’m asking them to win every possession by being better defensively, by taking care of the ball better and yet you live and die with every possession also as a coach.”


Detroit Mercy

January 17, 2019: Sophomore wing Lexey Tobel has transferred to Rochester College (NAIA). Tobel was the Titans’ leading scorer this season, averaging 11.4 PPG over the first 14 games of the season.


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.”

December 28, 2018: Freshman guard Rayah Craig will not be enrolled at Duke for the spring 2019 semester because of “an unspecified violation of university policy.” In nine games this season, she had averaged 2.8 PPG in 10.3 MPG.

Blue Devil freshman Rayah Craig will no longer be enrolled at Duke during the spring 2019 semester due to an unspecified violation of university policy.

The Scottsdale, Ariz., native has appeared in nine games for the Blue Devils, including making a start in Duke’s road matchup against Maine. Craig averaged 2.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and played an average of 10.3 minutes a game.

January 20, 2019: Mikayla Boykin‘s comeback from injury (torn ACL of her left knee) lasted just eight games, as she has suffered a torn ACL of her right knee and is out for the rest of the 2018-19 season.

Duke women’s basketball redshirt freshman guard Mikayla Boykin will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season after suffering a torn ACL of her right knee in the Blue Devils’ contest Thursday, Jan. 17 versus Miami in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“We all feel for Mikayla,” said Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “There couldn’t be a better, more hard-working individual than Mikayla. It is absolutely devastating for what we have to witness for her to go through this again.”

A native of Clinton, N.C., Boykin had just returned to see action in eight contests, after recovering from a torn ACL of her left knee in December of 2017. In the eight contests in 2018-19, Boykin gave Duke a boost at the point guard position with Kyra Lambert already missing the season with a knee injury.

Boykin averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals so far on the season. She started five of the eight games played. Boykin dished a career-high 11 assists at Georgia Tech and tied a Duke freshman record that was previously set in 1980.

February 1, 2019: Freshman center Uchenna Nwoke will be out four to six weeks with a hyperextended knee, leaving the Blue Devils with only nine available players.

As the Blue Devils hit the road to Boston College, freshman Uchenna Nwoke was noticeably missing from the bench. The center suffered a hyperextended knee in practice this past week and will be out 4-6 weeks.

Though Nwoke only averaged less than three minutes per game and saw action in only eight contests this season, the Grand Prairie, Texas, native’s absence will be noticeable in the coming weeks. With a roster of only 10 active players, her injury has further limited Duke’s depth off the bench in particular. The Blue Devils will now only have nine available weapons, two of which who have averaged fewer than six minutes per game.


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