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2018-19 Season: Personnel News


Lipscomb

February 9, 2019: Sophomore guard Taylor Clark, the team’s leading scorer (11.5 PPG), has missed three-straight games because of some sort of injury (noted here).

March 8, 2019: Greg Brown is out as head coach. He had a seven-year record of 44-164 overall, 22-87 in the ASUN.

“I appreciate the effort, care for our student athletes, conscientiousness and work on behalf of our school that Greg, Hannah, Aaron, Clay and Kelsey have given this year and during the rest of their time with us,” Lipscomb athletic director Philip Hutcheson said.

“Greg is as good a person, husband, father, co-worker and friend as you are likely to find. All of his assistants are all quality and talented people too, and I appreciate everything about them as well.”

Hutcheson says the search for a new coach will begin immediately and that assistant coach Hannah Phillips will continue to work with the team during the interim.


Long Beach State

December 22, 2018: Cydnee Kinslow, a junior guard who had transferred from Illinois, was able to make her debut for LBSU after apparently receiving a midyear eligibility waiver from the NCAA. She started the game, playing 37 minutes and tallying 3 points and 9 rebounds.

The Beach also got a lift from Cydnee Kinslow, who was cleared to make her LBSU debut and led the Beach with nine rebounds in 37 minutes for the Beach.


Longwood

December 28, 2018: An injury of some sort has kept sophomore guard Que King from playing this season (noted here). King saw action in 18 games in 2017-18, tallying 4.4 PPG in 16.8 MPG.


Louisiana–Lafayette

January 17, 2019: The Ragin’ Cajuns lost two players for the season before the season began, both projected starters: junior guard Jasmine Thomas (knee injury) and junior forward Kimberly Burton (pregnancy).

Those upsurges have been particularly important given the loss of two projected junior starters — forward Jasmine Thomas (knee injury) and Kim Burton (pregnancy) — before the season began.


Louisiana–Monroe

February 13, 2019: Head coach Jeff Dow won’t return next season. “Dow informed ULM officials and his team on Wednesday afternoon that he will not seek a contract extension when his current deal expires on March 31.” He told the Monroe News Star about some of the factors that went into his decision.

Dow said the current landscape of women’s college basketball in the Sun Belt also contributed to his decision.

Dow is the Sun Belt’s lowest-paid women’s basketball coach at just over $90,000 per year and his $140,000 salary pool for assistant coaches is also at the bottom of the conference.

He said ULM is the only school in the Sun Belt not to offer cost of attendance to student-athletes.

“Five years ago, cost of attendance was not a roadblock for recruiting at ULM and now it is…we’ve seen facility upgrades at multiple schools while others are in the process of building new arenas and practice facilities in the next few years,” Dow said.

Dow said multiple attempts to secure raises for his assistant coaches were denied, and his requests to make staff changes were also denied. Assistant head coach E.J. Lee Smith, who ULM retained from the previous staff, is the only member of Dow’s inaugural staff still with the program.

“Needless to say, it was frustrating to not enjoy the same autonomy in selecting a staff that other coaches at ULM and across the Sun Belt have,” Dow said.


LSU

December 27, 2018: Any definitive word on this seems to be unavailable, but freshman forward Monet Jones is listed in the latest Tigers game notes with the notation “injured – knee,” so she may be out for the season.

January 17, 2019: Sophomore forward Raven Farley is no longer listed on the LSU roster, and she is transferring. She played in eight games this season, averaging 6 MPG and scoring just 4 points.

February 13, 2019: Sophomore forward Rakell Spencer is out for the season with a torn ACL. She was averaging only 1.6 PPG in 7 MPG but had started the last three games.

Spencer had recently moved into the starting lineup, making her third career start in the Arkansas game. She played in 20 games overall averaging 1.1 points and seven minutes.

A New Orleans native who played at Cabrini, Spencer transferred to LSU from Texas A&M. LSU coach Nikki Fargas said her absence will be made up with a combination of Jaelyn Richard-Harris, Karli Seay and Mercedes Brooks.

“She’s been such a bright spot for us of late,” Fargas said. “It’s sad when that happens.”


Louisiana Tech

October 27, 2018: Junior guard Grayson Bright, a transfer from Texas Tech, announced that she had received an immediate-eligibility waiver from the NCAA.


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.

November 26, 2018: Grad transfer guard Yacine Diop is out for the season with a torn ACL. She had tallied 8.3 PPG and 5.7 RPG in the first three UL games this season, starting two of them. It’s possible Diop could return to the Cardinals next season, if the NCAA grants her a sixth year of eligibillity.

Diop, a 5-foot-10 guard, had played in all three of Louisville’s games prior to the injury, starting twice. She was averaging 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds and led the Cardinals in deflections.

Walz said Louisville will appeal to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility for Diop.

“If she wants to, we’d love to have her back,” Walz said. “But at the same time if she’s able to find something professionally that is a good opportunity, we want to make sure she takes the best option possible for her career and that’s what we’ll give her.”

March 10, 2019: Starting guard Arica Carter is out with a knee injury for the team’s ACC tourney title game versus Notre Dame.

Also, leading rebounder Sam Fuehring suffered a sprained ankle during the game.

Of more concern are the injuries to two key starters, who account for 19.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. U of L described Carter’s sitting out as a precaution after she experienced a leg injury in Saturday’s win over N.C. State in the tournament semifinals. Fuehring suffered a hairline fracture in her nose in that game, then landed awkwardly and sprained an ankle in the second quarter.

Coaches initially planned to sit her in the second half as a precaution, but she tried to go, leaving the game before the half was a minute old.

March 14, 2019: Arica Carter and Sam Fuehring should be back for the Cardinals in time for the NCAA tourney.

Cardinals head coach Jeff Walz said Thursday that guard Arica Carter and forward Sam Fuehring are not yet practicing, but are on track to do so starting early next week. Carter suffered a knee contusion while Fuehring sprained her ankle.


Loyola Chicago

January 16, 2019: Sophomore center Katherine Nolan (8.4 PPG, 6 RPG) is out for the season with a foot injury.

The Ramblers found out sophomore center Katherine Nolan would be out the rest of the season with a foot injury two days before their clash against Drake University Jan. 11. Head coach Kate Achter said the loss will greatly affect rotations, as Nolan has been the most consistent player during non-conference play. Before the injury, she averaged 8.4 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game.


Loyola Marymount

February 9, 2019: Redshirt senior guard Gabby Green has been out with some type of injury since January 12. She’s #2 on the team in points, rebounding, and assists.

The team was forced to overcome the absence of redshirt senior guard Gabby Green, who has been out due to injury since the Lions’ Jan. 12 triple-overtime loss against Santa Clara. Green is LMU’s second-leading scorer and was averaging 14.0 points a game prior to the injury. She is also second for the Lions in rebounding (6.5) and assists (3.3) and leads the team with 2.8 steals and 0.4 blocks a game.


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.

December 29, 2018: Dealing with the aftermath of a concussion, junior forward Fanny Wadling has missed nine-straight games. In the first three games this season, she had averaged 11 PPG and 8.7 RPG.

Junior forward Fanny Wadling also missed her ninth consecutive game with post- concussion issues.

January 9, 2019: Fanny Wadling has returned to the Black Bears lineup after being out nearly two months.

She went through two noncontact practices with the team right before the Fordham Holiday Classic Dec. 29 and 30 in New York and began practicing with contact the following week. Wadling was cleared to play the day of the UNH game.

“Having her back is huge,” UMaine junior Blanca Millan said. “Before she left, she was playing the best basketball of her career. Everything she does is important for us. She does the little things that don’t always show up in the stats.”

Wadling, who missed two weeks with a concussion her freshman year at UMaine, posted four points, three rebounds, two steals, two assists and a blocked shot in 21 minutes against UNH, and had nine points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 19 minutes against UMBC.

February 1, 2019: News of the Black Bears dealing with injuries to two players: top scorer Ashley Storey and Maggie Ahearn.

Top scorer and second-leading rebounder Ashley Storey of Cumberland and Greely High School (17.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg) has been out for six games and will be sidelined for at least six weeks with a foot injury and Providence College transfer Maggie Ahearn (8.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg) has played in only nine games due to injury.


Manhattan

January 3, 2019: The Jaspers (2-10 after a loss today to Canisius) have been without second-leading Gabby Cajou since early December because of some sort of injury. In the first seven games of the season, the junior guard had tallied 8.1 PPG.

February 20, 2019: D’yona Davis is currently out with a knee injury and is considered day-to-day. She is the team’s leading scorer (8.9 PPG). (Gabby Cajou, mentioned above, has still not returned from that injury.)

Playing without freshman phenom D’yona Davis was a tough pill to swallow for Manhattan. According to Vulin, Davis is currently nursing a knee injury.

“She is a big loss because not only has she been great offensively but defensively she has really been stepping it up,” Vulin said of Davis. “In my opinion she has been the MAAC player of the year.”

Unfortunately for Manhattan, Davis’ future availability remains unclear at the moment.

“We are hoping to get her back this season so she’s day to day right now,” said Vulin.


Marist

December 27, 2018: Senior guard Maura Fitzpatrick will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. She played in the first 11 games of 2018-19, starting 9 and tallying 6.4 PPG in 28.5 MPG. Fitzpatrick was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season.

January 15, 2019: Marist has been dealing with a “slew of injuries,” in addition to Fitzpatrick (noted above). This article has a rundown.

Junior wing Hannah Hand hasn’t played yet this year and is out “indefinitely,” Giorgis said. She likewise missed the last month of last season and was limited to 16 games played.

Redshirt junior point guard Claire Oberdorf hasn’t seen game action since Nov. 30, and Marist officials said she is being evaluated “week-to-week.”

Redshirt senior guard Allie Clement, who likewise has played point in a pinch, missed Thursday’s loss to Quinnipiac and Saturday’s win. Marist couldn’t offer a timetable on when she might return.

Clement and Oberdorf are no strangers to knee injuries. Clement missed most of the past two seasons with knee injuries and Oberdorf missed the 2017-18 season after injuring her knee in Marist’s MAAC quarterfinal loss to Fairfield the season before.


Marquette

January 11, 2019: Senior guard Allazia Blockton, the Big East POY in 2017-18 and the second-leading scorer on the Golden Eagles this season, has missed three straight games after suffering an ankle injury in the Providence contest on December 29.

January 20, 2019: Allazia Blockton returned to action during the Golden Eagles’ game today versus St. John’s.

February 22, 2019: Senior wing Erika Davenport suffered a “lower-body” injury in the third quarter of the Golden Eagles’ loss to Butler and did not return.

Erika Davenport suffered a lower-body injury in the third quarter. Her status still remains unclear after howling in pain on the Al McGuire Center floor.

February 24, 2019: The lower-body injury that Erika Davenport suffered turned out to be season-ending. She was leading the team in rebounds (9.3/game) and was fourth in PPG (11.4).

In the first full game without senior Erika Davenport in the lineup due to a season-ending lower body injury, senior captain Sandra Dahling picked up her first start of the season.

March 1, 2019: Yet another lower-body injury for a Marquette player, this time senior point guard Danielle King (12.3 PPG, 3.7 APG).

Senior point guard Danielle King suffered a lower body injury early in the fourth quarter. Her status remains unclear after she had to be carried off the court.

March 5, 2019: The exact status of Danielle King remains unknown. She did not play in the team’s last game, on March 3.

Team spokesperson Megan O’Shea declined to provide an update on King’s injury.

March 10, 2019: Danielle King was back in the starting lineup for the Golden Eagles’ Big East quarterfinals game.

Senior guard Danielle King started in Sunday’s matchup after missing MU’s regular-season finale with a lower-body injury. She collected nine points on 4-of-9 shooting. She appeared to tweak her ankle in the third quarter but returned later in the game.

“I felt great,” King said. “I’m back to 100 percent, nothing is slowing me down.”


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.’ ”

February 25, 2019: The Terps were missing two players for their game versus Purdue: Brianna Fraser and Olivia Owens.

Only eight players dressed for the trip to West Lafayette, Indiana, with forward Brianna Fraser out with an ankle sprain she suffered against the Golden Gophers, and forward Olivia Owens out with a sinus infection.


UMBC

December 13, 2018: Phil Stern, in his 17th year as Retrievers head coach, is on leave. Serving as acting head coach is assistant coach Carlee Dewey. The team is currently 6-5 on the season.

Head women’s basketball coach Phil Stern is on leave from UMBC, the school said in a statement Thursday. Assistant coach Carlee Dewey is serving as acting head coach and has done so for the past two games, against Mount St. Mary’s and Hofstra. “The university cannot provide additional details regarding personnel matters,” the statement said.

February 22, 2019: Phil Stern has now resigned.

UMBC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Phil Stern has resigned. UMBC Athletic Director Tim Hall announced the change Friday, February 22, and indicated that current Acting Head Coach Carlee Dewey will continue in that role until the end of the 2018-19 season. A national search will be conducted for a new leader of the program.


Memphis

February 16, 2019: Junior forward Kiana Coomber is no longer listed on the Tigers’ roster. She played in 20 games this season, starting 9 and averaging 4.5 PPG and 4 RPG in 21.2 MPG.

In addition, junior point guard Taylor Barnes reportedly was added to the NCAA transfer portal recently, although for now she is still listed on the Memphis roster (UPDATE: she was later dropped, sometime over the next week or so). She played in 24 games this season, starting 22 and averaging 9.3 PPG and 3.1 APG in 31.9 MPG. Barnes did not start the Tigers’ game on Wednesday, February 13, and then played just 1 minute off the bench. An article on that game touched on this:

There has always been one constant in the starting lineup, and that has been junior guard Taylor Barnes. She has been the undisputed leader of the team this season and has started 76 of her 83 career games. She didn’t start in Wednesday’s game and actually only played a minute. . . .

[Memphis head coach Melissa] McFerrin partially talked about it with the media, but she didn’t go into much detail.

“It’s team-related,” McFerrin said. “She’s not hurt.”

Then in Memphis’s next game, Barnes did not play at all (box score).

This latest attrition would leave the Tigers with just nine players on their roster, with redshirt sophomore forward Manaya Jones having already left the team, seeking to transfer.

February 25, 2019: The Helmsman has an article claiming the Memphis WBB team “is in complete disarray.”

A source told the Helmsman there has been constant conflict between the players on the team and the coach. This dysfunction led to a team meeting earlier in the season, but things were still unresolved between Barnes and McFerrin.

It should be noted that the article cites only anonymous sources, and there is no indication that the author reached out to the program for comment.


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