List of D-I women’s basketball players who transferred following the 2017-18 season and then received a waiver to play immediately at their new school (arranged alphabetically by new school, with previous school in parentheses). (Last updated: December 23, 2018) This does not include the 63 or so graduate transfers for the 2018-19 season.
Former schools that underwent coaching changes are noted, as is information about the player, such as those that sat out all or most of 2017-18. These may or may not have been factors in the NCAA granting a waiver.
Number of waivers granted: 26
There were approximately 140 D-I WBB players who transferred to another D-I school following the 2017-18 season, not including the 63 or so grad transfers. So, with 26 known waivers, about 19 percent of the non-grad transfers have received waivers from the NCAA.
Out of the 26 waivers listed, 7 have gone to players transferring to a Power 5 school.
Buffalo: Finess Dickson (Memphis; press release on her waiver approval; sat out most of 2017-18, her freshman season, with an injury)
Denver: Courtney Smith (Northern Colorado [coaching change])
Eastern Washington: Leya DePriest (Denver)
Grand Canyon: AJ Cephas (Nevada; dismissed from the team in the summer of 2018)
High Point: Bria Gibson (VCU [coaching change])
Kansas State: Jasauen Beard (UTRGV, where she was a midseason transfer in 2017-18 but did not play at all that season)
Long Beach State: Cydnee Kinslow (Illinois) [granted eligibility midyear]
Louisiana Tech: Grayson Bright (Texas Tech [coaching change])
UMass Lowell: Brianne Stiers (UMKC)
Ole Miss: Gabby Crawford (Alabama, the school she originally signed with and enrolled at for her freshman year, 2018-19; news release that mentions her waiver approval)
Mississippi State: Andra Espinoza-Hunter (UConn; press release on her waiver approval)
Montana: Sammy Fatkin (Arizona) [granted eligibility midyear]
Nevada: Mikayla Christian (TCU)
North Dakota: Alaina Jarnot (Monmouth; press release on her waiver approval)
Northern Arizona: Ajai Simmons (Illinois State)
Prairie View A&M: Artavia Ford (Texas Southern)
Purdue: Lyndsey Whilby (Texas Tech [coaching change]; press release on her waiver approval)
Sam Houston State: La’Sha Haynes (Prairie View A&M [coaching change])
San Diego State: Zayn Dornstauder (Ball State; sat out 2017-18 after transferring from San Francisco)
Seton Hall: Desiree Elmore (Syracuse; press release on her waiver approval; sat out 2017-18, her sophomore season, with an injury)
South Carolina State: Rhein Beamon (Georgia Southern)
Southeast Missouri: Celeste Akoro (Virginia Tech; sat out 2017-18 while recovering from an injury)
Southern Cal: Kayla Overbeck (Vanderbilt; press release on her waiver approval)
TCU: Anneli Maley (Oregon)
Troy: Kate Rodgers (Ole Miss [coaching change])
Wisconsin: Alex Luehring (Green Bay; article on her waiver approval)
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