Mississippi State Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: SEC

Head Coach: Sam Purcell (1st season in 2022-23)

Official Bulldogs roster


Unofficial Mississippi State Women’s Basketball
Scholarship Chart

Note: The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to 2020-21 D-I winter sports athletes (including women’s basketball players). Until there is definitive word that a player will be taking advantage of this extra year, the WBB Blog scholarship charts will not reflect this extra eligibility.


Personnel Notes:

  • March 2021: six players enter the transfer portal—Madison Hayes (to NC State), Xaria Wiggins (to Auburn), JaMya Mingo-Young (to Alabama), Sidney Cooks (grad transfer to Seton Hall), and Yemiyah Morris (grad transfer to West Virginia), and Aliyah Matharu (to Texas)
  • March 2021: assistant coach Brittany Young leaves to become Austin Peay head coach
  • March 2021: JerKaila Jordan transfers in from Tulane (press release)
  • April 2021: Middle Tennessee transfers Aislynn Hayes and Anastasia Hayes and Notre Dame transfer Alasia Hayes sign with Mississippi State (press release)
  • April 2021: Tamisha Augustin and Wesley Brooks join the staff as assistant coaches (Scepter Brownlee is the other departure from the staff, along with Brittany Young) (press release)
  • May 2021: Raven Farley grad-transfers in from St. John’s (press release)
  • June 2021: Eddie Benton is hired as an assistant coach (after Wesley Brooks departs to Ohio State) (press release)
  • July 2021: Debreasha Powe (2022) commits to Mississippi State
  • September 2021: Doug Novak is hired as associate head coach (press release)
  • September 2021: Tamisha Augustin departs to become an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Gold NBA G League team
  • September 2021: Malikah Willis joins the staff as an assistant coach (press release)
  • October 2021: Alasia Hayes will miss at least part of the 2021-22 season with a “lower-leg injury” (source)
  • October 2021: head coach Nikki McCray-Penson steps down to focus on her health; Doug Novak is named interim head coach (press release)
  • October 2021: Bob Thornton joins the staff as an assistant coach (press release)
  • November 2021: two players enter their names into the transfer portal: Jasmine Shavers (to Texas Tech) and KN’isha Godfrey (to TCU)
  • December 2021: Michigan State transfer Alyza Winston signs with Mississippi State (press release)
  • January 2022: Rickea Jackson enters her name into the transfer portal … eventually committing to Tennessee
  • January 2022: Doug Novak announces that Jessika Carter will return to the Bulldogs for the 2022-23 season; she had stepped away from the program in the fall of 2021 and is not eligible to play this season
  • January 2022: Denae Carter is out for the season with a torn ACL
  • February 2022: assistant coach Malikah Willis resigns (source)
  • March 2022: Sam Purcell, longtime Louisville assistant coach, is named the new Mississippi State head coach (press release)
  • March/April 2022: assistant coach hirings—Gabe Lazo (press release), Corry Irvin (press release), and Murriel Page (press release)
  • October 2022: Mjracle Sheppard (2023) commits to Mississippi State
  • November 2022: two 2023 prospects commit to and sign with Mississippi State—Jasmine Brown and Quanirah Cherry-Montague
  • November 2022: juco transfer Meloney Thames signs with Mississippi State

2022 Mississippi State Women’s Basketball Commitments

Debreasha Powe, 6-0 W, Meridian HS (MS) [offered April 2020; committed 7/4/2021; signed 11/10/2021]


Former Targets

Kyla Abraham, 6-5 F/C, Choctawhatchee HS (Fort Walton Beach, FL) [Mississippi State among five finalists announced in September 2021; committed to Baylor, October 2021]

Talaysia Cooper, 6-0 PG, East Clarendon HS (Turbeville, SC) [offered June 2020; Mississippi State not among seven finalists announced in July 2021]

Kara Dunn, 5-11 W, Mount Paran Christian School (Kennesaw, GA) [offered January 2021; Mississippi State among four finalists announced in August 2021; committed to Georgia Tech, October 2021]

Amiya Evans, 6-3 F, Tampa Bay Tech HS (Tampa, FL) [Mississippi State among five finalists announced in August 2021; committed to UCF, October 2021]

Kailyn Gilbert, 5-8 PG, Tampa Prep (FL) [offered September 2020; Mississippi State among eight finalists announced in November 2020; committed to Arizona, January 2021]

Chance Gray, 5-9 PG, Lakota West HS (West Chester, OH) [Mississippi State among nine finalists in September 2020; not among two finalists announced in July 2021]

Acacia Hayes, 5-7 PG, Riverdale HS (Murfreesboro, TN) [committed to Western Kentucky, November 2021]

Tineya Hylton, 5-7 PG, Royal Crown Academic School (Scarborough, ON) [Mississippi State among 14 finalists announced in January 2021; not among four finalists announced in August 2021]

Jennah Isai, 6-0 W, Valley Vista HS (Surprise, AZ) [offered September 2020; committed to Oregon, June 2021]

Christeen Iwuala, 6-3 C, San Antonio Reagan HS (TX) [offered September 2020; committed to UCLA, September 2021]

Camille Jackson, 5-11 PG, Butler College Prep (Chicago, IL) [Mississippi State among nine finalists announced in April 2021; committed to Illinois, July 2021]

Flau’Jae Johnson, 6-0 G, Sprayberry HS (Marietta, GA) [offered July 2020; Mississippi State not among five finalists announced in September 2021]

Kiersten Johnson, 6-3 F, Duncanville HS (TX) [offered October 2020; committed to Oklahoma, November 2021]

Londynn Jones, 5-6 PG, Santiago HS (Corona, CA) [Mississippi State among ten finalists announced in November 2020; committed to UCLA, April 2021]

Amiya Joyner, 6-2 F, Farmville Central HS (NC) [offered May 2020; Mississippi State not among five finalists announced in August 2021]

Jerni Kiaku, 5-7 PG, Garner Magnet HS (NC) [offered May 2020; committed to North Carolina Central]

Ta’Niya Latson, 5-8 CG, Westlake HS (Atlanta, GA) [offered September 2020; Mississippi State not among eight finalists announced in January 2021]

Imani Lester, 6-3 C, North Raleigh Christian Academy (NC) [Mississippi State among 12 finalists announced in October 2020; committed to Louisville, June 2021]

Darianna Littlepage-Buggs, 6-0 W, Classen School of Advanced Studies (Oklahoma City, OK) [offered July 2020; Mississippi State not among 10 finalists announced in August 2021]

Brianna McDaniel, 5-11 G, Kenwood Academy (Chicago, IL) [offered October 2020; Mississippi State among six finalists; committed to Texas A&M, August 2021]

Amina Muhammad, 6-3 F, DeSoto HS (TX) [offered May 2020; committed to Texas, May 2021]

Maya Nnaji, 6-3 F, Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, MN) [offered May 2020; Mississippi State not among 13 finalists announced in October 2020]

Ayanna Patterson, 6-3 W, Homestead HS (Fort Wayne, IN) [offered April 2020; Mississippi State not among five finalists announced in March 2021]

Mya Petticord, 5-8 PG, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep HS (MI) [offered May 2020; committed to Texas A&M, October 2021]

Sa’Myah Smith, 6-4 W/F, DeSoto HS (TX) [offered May 2020; Mississippi State not among five finalists announced in January 2021]

Ivane Tensaie, 5-7 juco freshman PG, North Dakota State College of Science / Roseville, MN [offered January 2022; committed to Penn State, April 2022]

Ayanna Thompson, 6-1 W, DeSoto HS (TX) [offered April 2021; committed to Ole Miss, July 2021]

Grace VanSlooten, 6-1 W, Toledo Notre Dame Academy (OH) [offered May 2020; Mississippi State not among ten finalists announced in November 2020]

Ashlyn Watkins, 6-3 C, Cardinal Newman School (Columbia, SC) [Mississippi State among four finalists announced in August 2021; not among her final two]

Ruby Whitehorn, 6-0 SG, Detroit Edison Academy (MI) [offered May 2020; Mississippi State not among her four finalists]

Amauri Williams, 6-4 C, North Little Rock HS (AR) [offered June 2020; Mississippi State among six finalists announced in November 2020; committed to Vanderbilt, May 2021]


See next page for 2023 commitments and targets for Mississippi State women’s basketball



Disclaimers: The roster information, offers, and commitments are all unofficial. Offers come and go, so some offers listed may no longer be on the table, and some offers are erroneously reported. In addition, the target lists are inevitably incomplete because offers are not publicly reported for many prospects.


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