2018-19 Season: Personnel News


Nevada

November 7, 2018: The game notes for the Wolf Pack’s season opener versus Utah indicate that junior guard Mikayla Christian, a transfer from TCU, is eligible to play in 2018-19 after receiving a waiver from the NCAA.


North Carolina

October 18, 2018: Junior forward Emily Sullivan will miss the 2018-19 season following shoulder surgery. She tallied 2.1 PPG in 2017-18, playing in 22 games.


North Carolina State

November 1, 2018: Graduate guard Kaila Ealey will miss the entire 2018-19 season with a knee injury. She started every game last year, averaging 33.4 minutes, 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.

Although the Pack got its first win of the season, it suffered a major setback before the game even begun. Graduate guard Kaila Ealey suffered a non-contact knee injury early in October during practice and will miss the entire season.

“Ealey brings a lot of energy to our team,” head coach Wes Moore said. “Great defensive player, really sets up her teammates well and a great leader for us by example by how hard she plays and how vocal she is.”


North Dakota

September 27, 2018: The NCAA has granted Alaina Jarnot an immediate-eligibility waiver for the 2018-19 season, following her transfer from Monmouth.

Junior transfer Alaina Jarnot has been cleared to play this season, University of North Dakota Head Women’s Basketball Coach Travis Brewster announced Thursday. Jarnot comes to UND after two seasons at Monmouth and was granted an NCAA waiver to allow her to play this season. She will have two years of eligibility remaining to play with her freshman sister Jaclyn Jarnot, who signed with the Fighting Hawks this spring.

“We are thankful for the support and work of these athletic departments.  We’re excited that Alaina chose UND and know she will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact,” Brewster said. “We expect Alaina to be a difference-maker as we enter The Summit League this season. She’ll be counted on to help navigate us back to where we belong alongside her sister Jaclyn. This year’s team has a family feel throughout, the group that we have has two sets of sisters on the team currently and a long history of siblings playing here. We’re pumped that their close friends and family in nearby Minnesota will have the opportunity to cheer them on here at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.”

The eldest Jarnot played in 31 games this past season at Monmouth, making 15 starts. She averaged just over three points and grabbed 2.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore.


Northern Illinois

December 6, 2018: Senior forward Courtney Woods is out for the season with a torn ACL. She was averaging 22.1 PPG and had twice been named MAC West player of the week.

The women’s basketball team announced Wednesday that star senior forward Courtney Woods will miss the remainder of the season. Woods sustained a knee injury in the teams 98-69  win over the University of Nevada on Sunday.

Before the season, Woods earned several preseason honors including being named to the preseason All-MAC team. She also was put on the preseason watchlist for the Cheryll Miller Award for the best small forward in the country.

December 8, 2018: The Huskies were down three players for their game versus Western Illinois, which they won thanks to a school-record 52 points from senior guard Mikayla Voigt, who sank a school-record 11 three-pointers.

Down senior star Courtney Woods and Janae Poisson to torn ACLs and Errin Hodges to a sprained ACL, Voigt stepped into the void and had the game of her life.


Northern Iowa

December 6, 2018: Junior center Megan Maahs is out for the season with a knee injury. Over the first eight games of 2018-19, she tallied 8.6 PPG and 6.6 RPG. She was a first-team Missouri Valley Conference selection last season.

University of Northern Iowa junior center Megan Maahs will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season after suffering a knee injury during Tuesday’s 64-60 win over North Dakota.


Northwestern

November 25, 2018: After starting the first four games of the season, averaging 14.3 PPG and 5.8 RPG (both second-best on the team), junior forward Abi Scheid did not play in the Wildcats’ win over UT Martin on Sunday. There’s been no official word on her status, although she was spotted wearing a walking boot at the UT Martin game following an injury she suffered in the previous game.

November 28, 2018: An update on injured Wildcat players, including Scheid, from the Daily Northwestern:

Despite the strong start, NU has been dealing with injuries. Freshman guard Lauryn Satterwhite has yet to play this season; freshman guard Veronica Burton has not played since Nov. 11 after starting the first two games of the year; freshman guard Sydney Wood returned from a two-week absence against UT-Martin; and junior forward Abi Scheid is out for an unknown length of time with an undisclosed injury.


Notre Dame

December 1, 2018: Freshman guard Katlyn Gilbert is likely to be out at least two weeks with a shoulder injury. Freshman point guard Jordan Nixon remains out after suffering a concussion several games go.

Freshman guard Katlyn Gilbert will be sidelined “probably at least a couple weeks,” according to McGraw after her problematic right shoulder “popped out” during ND’s win Thursday over Iowa.

Additionally, the coach said she was “not expecting anything” Sunday from freshman point guard Jordan Nixon, who has missed the last four games after suffering a concussion Nov. 17 at DePaul.

December 7, 2018: Freshman guard Katlyn Gilbert is now out for the season and will have shoulder surgery later this month. She had played in seven games, averaging 3.6 PPG in 15.9 MPG.

One player the fans won’t see the rest of the season is freshman Katlyn Gilbert. Coach McGraw announced today that she is out for the year and will have season ending surgery on her shoulder at the end of the month.


Ohio State

September 7, 2018: Among its huge influx of newcomers for 2018-19, the Buckeyes were expected to add four freshman. Spanish forward Aixa Wone, however, has signed with a team in her home country. UPDATE (October 1): This article indicates Wone signed as an amateur and “could come to Ohio State at a later date.” ANOTHER UPDATE (November 14): Wone has signed with OSU as part of their 2019 recruiting class.

October 23, 2018Ashanti Abshaw, one of the Buckeyes’ five grad transfers, will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL. She transferred to OSU from Cleveland State.

Ohio State graduate transfer Ashanti Abshaw suffered a torn ACL in practice over the weekend and following surgery, she will miss the 2018-19 season.

“I’m extremely devastated for Ashanti”, said head coach Kevin McGuff. “She is a great kid and worked really hard to get acclimated to our system and was going to make an impact. She will undergo surgery soon and we will support her throughout this process to make sure she gets back to 100 percent.”


Oklahoma

November 14, 2018: Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa will miss several weeks after undergoing surgery on a stress fracture in her foot. She tallied 12.6 PPG and 4 RPG last season.

Llanusa underwent surgery Monday to fix a stress fracture in her foot that has been bothering her recently.

Llanusa, a Choctaw product, is expected back sometime around the start of Big 12 play Jan. 2.

“It’ll just be a wait-and-see kind of thing but we expect her back,” Sooners coach Sherri Coale said Wednesday as her team prepares to play their first game without Llanusa on Thursday when they host Northwestern State.


Oregon

October 2, 2018: A knee injury suffered while playing for the German national team will force freshman forward Nyara Sabally to miss the 2018-19 season. Ducks head coach Kelly Graves believed she had a chance to be the top freshman in the Pac-12.

Nyara Sabally, the younger sister of Satou, will sit out this season to recover from a serious knee injury suffered while playing for the German national team. The 6-foot-4 forward was the most valuable player of the FIBA Under-18 Div. B European Championships after averaging 17.3 points and 12.8 rebounds.

“She’s such a quality person and student and obviously athlete that one more year in the program is a good thing, but it also makes our bench shorter,” Graves said of Nyara Sabally, who waited until joining the program to undergo surgery. “She’s the kind of player that I think would have been the best freshman in the conference.

“I think she would have had a good chance to be our third straight freshman of the year and was going to give us 20-to-25 minutes a night.”

Following last season, Oregon had lost three players to transfer (Sierra Campisano, Anneli Maley, and Mallory McGwire), plus Aina Ayuso returned to Spain to turn pro. So Sabally’s injury reduces the Ducks’ 2018-19 roster to just nine available players.


Oregon State

November 21, 2018: Freshman center Andrea Aquino, who was ranked in the top 25 in the 2018 class, has yet to play for the Beavers because of an “undisclosed medical condition.”

Andrea Aquino, a 6-9 freshman from Paraguay who was rated the No. 7 prep prospect in the country last season by ESPN, has not been given clearance to play due to an undisclosed medical condition.

“I can’t talk about her situation beyond that she’s out,” OSU coach Scott Rueck told me last week. . . .

Rueck declined to identify Aquino’s condition but said there is hope she will be cleared to play in games at some point this season.

November 27, 2018: Update on Andrea Aquino: she will redshirt this season.

“I’ve decided to redshirt her,” he said in a phone interview. “I just want to use this year for her development.”

. . .

Rueck said Tuesday that Aquino, who, according to an OSU spokesperson, is not being made available for interviews at this time, has handled the situation well.

“I don’t typically make decisions just on my own,” he said. “That was through a discussion with her and we both felt it was for the best. She’s been an incredible teammate and I mean she just makes the gym better place every day with her presence.


Penn State

November 28, 2018: Sam Breen, a 6-1 sophomore forward out of Gibsonia, PA, is no longer listed on the team’s roster and is transferring. She played in PSU’s first four games this season, averaging 3 PPG in 10.5 MPG. During the 2017-18 season, she played in 22 games, averaging 1.5 PPG in 6.5 MPG. Breen was ranked #65 in the 2017 class per espnW.


Pitt

November 28, 2018: Senior guard Aysia Bugg, the team’s leading scorer at 14 PPG, is indefinitely sidelined by a “health issue.”

Bugg is the leading scorer (14.0) but was sidelined indefinitely two games ago by what the team called a “health issue.” Though the timetable for her return is unknown, she has seen enough to sense the difference White has made.

December 7, 2018: A bit of an update on Aysia Bugg, with an official Pitt release saying she’s “out indefinitely due to blood clots.”

Pitt women’s basketball head coach Lance White announced on Friday afternoon that redshirt senior guard Aysia Bugg will be out indefinitely due to blood clots. The Panthers leading scorer has missed each game during their current four-game winning streak.

Bugg started the first five games of the season for the Panthers at point and was averaging a team-high 14.0 points, 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds while also producing back-to-back 20+ point games against Youngstown State and Cincinnati. Bugg missed all of her 2017-18 campaign as well due to injury.


Princeton

November 1, 2018: The Tigers will start the season without junior forward Bella Alarie, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, after she broke a bone in her right arm.

“She’ll be practicing here soon, but with how important the league season is for the NCAA Tournament berth, we’re not going to rush her back,” Banghart said. “She’ll be back as soon as she can, but not before I tell her she can play.”

In addition, sophomore guard Abby Meyers will not play in 2018-19 because of an academic issue.

Sophomore Abby Meyers had what Banghart termed a “misunderstanding” in her computer science course that violated university policy and will have to take a separation year.

Meyers, a highly-rated shooter, was third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.4 points in 28 appearances. She can return next season with three years of eligibility remaining, Banghart said.


Purdue

September 19, 2018: No official word yet, but it appears that junior guard Lamina Cooper will not be playing for the Boilermakers in 2018-19. She started 20 games last season, averaging 10 PPG, before missing the final 10 games. UPDATE (October 4): Head coach Sharon Versyp confirms that Cooper will not return to the team and is not enrolled at Purdue, stating, “It was in the best interest for her not to return to Purdue.”

October 25, 2018: Senior center Nora Kiesler has ended her basketball career because of “complications from multiple concussions.” She played in 89 games over three seasons, averaging 2.3 PPG in 9.5 MPG.


Rhode Island

September 17, 2018Ednaija Lassiter was granted her release and will transfer, the AAU team she played for, Boston Showstoppers, reported. Lassister, a 5-7 guard out of Dorchester, Massachusetts, played two seasons at URI, averaging 2.2 PPG in the 21 games in which she appeared in 2017-18.


Rice

November 9, 2018: Redshirt sophomore center Nancy Mulkey is out “for the foreseeable future” but “not expected to miss the season” after injuring her right wrist in a preseason practice.


St. Bonaventure

October 18, 2018: Senior forward Arielle Harvey is out for the 2018-19 season owing to an “undisclosed health issue.” She averaged 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 29.1 MPG in 2017-18.


St. Francis (Pa.)

November 13, 2018: Head coach Joe Haigh is taking a leave of absence for personal reasons. Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, former WBB head coach at St. Francis and the current athletic director, will serve as the interim coach.

Saint Francis University Athletics announced today that Joe Haigh, Women’s Basketball Head Coach, is taking a leave of absence for personal reasons. Director of Athletics Susan Robinson-Fruchtl will serve as interim head coach. She previously served as Saint Francis head coach from 2007-2012.


St. John’s

October 26, 2018: Head coach Joe Tartamella has received a contract extension through the 2023-24 season. In six-plus years at the helm, Tartamella has compiled a 130-72 record. It appears that his contract was last extended in 2014, running through the 2019-20 season, which would make this new one a four-year extension.

Tartamella is currently in his seventh season at the helm of the St. John’s women’s basketball program and has led the Red Storm to six-straight postseason appearances. The pinnacle moment of his career came in 2016 when he guided the Johnnies to their fourth BIG EAST title in program history and first in nearly three decades.


Seton Hall

October 26, 2018Desiree Elmore, the transfer from Syracuse to Seton Hall, has been granted an immediate-eligibility waiver by the NCAA. She had sat out the 2017-18 season with an injury and has three years of eligibility remaining.

Seton Hall women’s basketball transfer Desiree Elmore (Hartford, Conn.) has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to compete immediately, head coach Anthony Bozzella announced on Wednesday. Elmore will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2018-19 campaign.

“We are very pleased that Desiree will be able to get back on the court right away,” Bozzella said. “I am happy that we were able to get this clarified in a timely manner and now can focus on getting Desiree and the team ready for the upcoming season.”

Elmore transferred to The Hall after spending the last two seasons at Syracuse. She averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game over 24 contests as a freshman for the Orange in 2016-17, then missed the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign. Coming out of Capital Prep in Hartford, Elmore was a five-star recruit and the No. 51 player in the class according to ESPNW.


South Florida

November 16, 2018: Senior guard Kitija Laksa, an All-American candidate, is out for the season with a knee injury suffered in USF’s victory over Bethune-Cookman yesterday.

USF women’s basketball senior guard Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia), a preseason Wooden, Naismith and Drysdale Award candidate, will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season with a knee injury suffered in the Bulls’ victory Thursday night.

“This is obviously a very difficult blow for Kitija, who is one of the top players in the nation, and our team,” USF head coach Jose Fernandez said. “I know with Kitija’s will and determination, she will get through this and be back on the floor as a top-level player. It is very tough for our team to lose Kitija’s ability and leadership on the floor, but we still have our goals ahead of us and we will continue to work to accomplish those.”

Laksa suffered the injury to her right knee in the third quarter of Thursday’s 88-39 victory over Bethune-Cookman. An MRI performed Friday morning revealed a torn ACL and meniscus.

November 30, 2018: More injury woes have the Bulls down to nine healthy players. In addition to Laska, sophomore forward Silvia Serrat is also out for the season with a torn ACL. Serrat also missed the 2017-18 season with an injury. And freshman point guard Eliza Pinzan is “out four to six weeks with an unspecified injury.”

Joining All-America candidate Kitija Laksa (torn ACL) and 6-foot-1 forward Silvia Serrat (torn ACL) on the shelf is freshman backup point guard Eliza Pinzan, a five-star recruit from Italy out four to six weeks with an unspecified injury.

“Nobody’s gonna feel sorry for us,” said Coach Jose Fernandez, whose program is seeking its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. “This program’s not taking a step back because we’ve gone through a little bit of adversity or we’ve got injuries. We’re more than that.”


Southern Cal

September 13, 2018: An NCAA waiver was secured making junior forward Kayla Overbeck eligible to play in the 2018-19 season, following her transfer from Vanderbilt.

“We are very excited that Kayla is eligible for competition immediately,” USC head coach Mark Trakh said. “She gives us a seasoned additional low-post presence this year. Kayla works extremely hard and will be a viable offensive option for us.”


Stanford

October 10, 2018: Senior point guard Marta Sniezek, a starter in 2017-18 who led the team in assists (4.3/game), is out six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in her right thumb. That time period covers at least the first four games of their season, including a November 18 contest vs. Ohio State.

One immediate problem, however, is the loss of point guard Marta Sniezek, a hard-nosed senior who led them in assists last season but who tore a ligament in her right thumb last week and is out 6-8 weeks.

“It’s hard when you lose somebody with that much experience,” head coach Tara VanDerveer said Wednesday at Pac-12 media day in San Francisco.

The options to replace Sniezek are sophomore Kiana Williams (who is probably better suited to shooting guard), freshman Jenna Brown (a McDonald’s All-American from Atlanta), and freshman Lacie Hull of Spokane, Wash.


Syracuse

November 13, 2018: Veronika Vorackova, a freshman guard from the Czech Republic, has been ruled ineligible to play this season “due to NCAA rules regarding participation with a club that considers itself to be professional.”

Syracuse women’s basketball player Veronika Vorackova has been sidelined by the NCAA this season, Orange coach Quentin Hillsman said on Tuesday.

According to a statement from the school, she “is not eligible to play this season due to NCAA rules regarding participation with a club that considers itself to be professional.”

December 2, 2018: Freshman forward Kadiatou Sissoko will be out three to five weeks recovering from a knee injury.

At 6-foot-2, the lanky Sissoko was becoming an integral part of the Orange’s depth, especially on the press. Before the Princeton game, she was averaging 14.8 minutes and almost five points a game.

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