Transfer News, February 2019

News on women’s basketball transfers from NCAA D-I schools. Last update: February 28, 2019.

This goes in the category of potential transfer: A San Francisco Chronicle article suggests that Stanford senior point guard Marta Sniezek could go the grad transfer route instead of returning to Stanford for her final year of eligibility. She participated in the team’s Senior Day festivities after not playing at all this season following preseason surgery on her thumb and hand.

She took part in Sunday’s Senior Day festivities, but it’s possible she could play one more season. It’s also possible she could play somewhere else as a graduate transfer. Stanford is expected to hand the point-guard reins to freshman Haley Jones (Mitty) next season, and current point guards Kiana Williams and Anna Wilson will be back.

“We’re waiting to see what happens this year,” head coach Tara VanDerveer said of Sniezek. “She’s just trying to get healthy.” As for the grad-transfer option, she said, “We haven’t even talked about it.”

A Stanford spokesman said Sniezek didn’t want to talk about her future until after the season.


Ariel Stephenson (5-10 SR guard, Prince George, VA) plans to “explore her options” as a grad transfer after graduating in May, although she might return to Wake Forest. She scored more than 1,000 points (11.7 PPG) in her first three seasons before sitting out 2018-19 following shoulder surgery.

Stephenson is sitting out this season after undergoing shoulder surgery before the season. The guard from Prince George, Va., will graduate in May and “will explore her options at the conclusion of the season,” to play elsewhere, though she could also return to Wake Forest for her final season.


Sarah Jacobson (5-8 JR guard, Fargo, ND), in a radio interview, said she was recently dismissed from the North Dakota State team. She had been sitting out this season for medical reasons but started every game as a freshman and sophomore. Jacobson may or may not be transferring.

She told the radio station she hasn’t decided whether she’s going to transfer to play basketball at a different school. She was a junior this season and would have have two years of eligibility remaining.

“I’m just taking a couple steps back. I’m going to see these next few weeks what pans out. I’m not really out there searching for anything or pursuing anything. I’m trying to focus on the things I can control now,” Jacobson said. “I’m obviously going to talk to my parents about it and kind of see what opportunities present themselves. At the end of the day I could still go to school at NDSU if I didn’t want to play basketball or pursue other options.”

Macey Kvilvang (6-5 SO forward, Cando, ND) left the NDSU team earlier this month. She reportedly is looking to transfer to another school.


Taylor Barnes (5-8 JR point guard, Memphis, TN) is now listed in the NCAA transfer portal, per a source. She played in 24 games this season, starting 22 and averaging 9.3 PPG and 3.1 APG in 31.9 MPG. Although she is still included on the team’s roster (as of this day), she did not play in Memphis’s latest game (box score). And in the previous game, she did not start and played just 1 minute off the bench, as was noted in this article.

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. . . .

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.”

In addition, Kiana Coomber (5-11 JR forward, Fairbury, IL) is no longer listed on the Memphis roster and may be transferring. She played in 20 games this season, starting 9 and averaging 4.5 PPG and 4 RPG in 21.2 MPG. She’s a juco transfer from Chipola College who started her collegiate career at Loyola Chicago.

Redshirt sophomore forward Manaya Jones left the Memphis program earlier this season, seeking to transfer.


Jillian Archer (6-2 FR forward, Santa Monica, CA) is transferring from Southern Cal. She played in 18 games this season, averaging 2.8 PPG in 9.2 MPG. Ranked in the top 60 in the 2018 recruiting class, Archer had selected USC over Colorado, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, and Washington.


Tess Harris (6-0 JR forward, Marshall, NC) is no longer listed on Western Carolina‘s roster in their game notes, and she is transferring. She played in 19 games this season, starting 12 and averaging 8.6 PPG in 22.9 MPG.


Carol Arfinengo (5-11 SO forward, Madrid, Spain) announced that she plans to transfer from Monmouth. She played in 12 games during the 2018-19 season, averaging 0.8 PPG in 4.7 MPG.


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