UCLA Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: Pac-12

Head Coach: Cori Close (13th season in 2023-24)

Official Bruins roster

Unofficial UCLA 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: Jada Williams (2023) commits to UCLA
  • April 2021: three 2022 prospects commit to UCLA—Londynn Jones, Elena Buenavida, and Paris Clark
  • April 2021: three grad transfers commit to UCLA—IImar’I Thomas (Cincinnati), Jaelynn Penn (Indiana), and Gina Conti (Wake Forest)
  • April 2021: Dominique Darius changes her name to Dominique Onu after getting married
  • April 2021: Marta Morales (2021) commits to UCLA
  • May 2021: Oregon transfer Angela Dugalić commits to UCLA (press release on all four transfer additions)
  • May 2021: Lina Sontag (2022) commits to UCLA
  • July 2021: Gabriela Jaquez (2022) commits to UCLA
  • September 2021: Marta Morales (2021 commit) is not listed on the team’s 2021-22 roster (later landing at Wake Forest)
  • September 2021: Christeen Iwuala (2022) commits to UCLA
  • October 2021: Emily Bessoir suffers a torn ACL, forcing her to miss the 2021-22 season (source)
  • November 2021: Kiki Rice (2022) commits to UCLA
  • November 2021: Paris Clark reopens her recruitment (later committing to Arizona)
  • March 2022: Gina Conti announces she will return to UCLA for the 2022-23 season
  • May 2022: Amanda Muse (2023) commits to UCLA
  • June 2022: Elena Buenavida (2022 commit) signs with a Spanish pro club
  • August 2022: Jada Williams (2023) decommits from UCLA and commits to Arizona
  • October 2022: Angela Dugalić is out for the 2022-23 season with a torn ACL
  • December 2022: Dominique Onu enters her name into the transfer portal . . . and lands at Southern Cal
  • March 2023: Brynn Masikewich enters her name into the transfer portal . . . and lands at DePaul
  • April 2023: Charisma Osborne and Camryn Brown announce that they will return to UCLA for the 2023-24 season, using their extra COVID year of eligibility
  • April 2023: Kendall Dudley (2024) commits to UCLA
  • April 2023: Lauren Betts transfers in from Stanford (press release)
  • May 2023: two 2024 prospects—Elina Aarnisalo and Avary Cain—commit to UCLA

2022 UCLA Women’s Basketball Commitments

*Christeen Iwuala, 6-3 C, San Antonio Reagan HS (TX) [offered September 2020; committed 9/21/2021]

*Gabriela Jaquez, 6-0 W, Camarillo HS (CA) [offered July 2021; committed 7/30/2021]

*Londynn Jones, 5-6 PG, Santiago HS (Corona, CA) [committed 4/3/2021; other finalists: Arizona, Cal, Duke, Harvard, LSU, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, and Stanford]

*Kiki Rice, 5-11 PG, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC) [committed 11/4/2021; other finalists: Arizona, UConnDuke, and Stanford]

*Lina Sontag, 6-3 W/F, Berlin, Germany [committed 5/19/2021]

*announced as signed 11/11/2021

Former Targets

Lexus Bargesser, 5-8 PG, Grass Lake HS (MI) [offered February 2021; committed to Indiana, October 2021]

Kennedy Basham, 6-7 C, Phoenix PHH Prep (AZ) [offered July 2020; UCLA among six finalists announced in February 2021; committed to Oregon, September 2021]

Lauren Betts, 6-7 C, Grandview HS (Aurora, CO) [UCLA among ten finalists announced in July 2020; committed to Stanford, January 2021]

Amaya Bonner, 6-0 SG/W, Bishop O’Dowd HS (Oakland, CA) [offered August 2020; committed to Cal, May 2021]

KK Bransford, 5-10 G, Mount Notre Dame HS (Cincinnati, OH) [UCLA among five finalists announced in September 2021; committed to Notre Dame, October 2021]

Shay Ciezki, 5-7 PG, St. Mary’s HS (Lancaster, NY) [committed to Penn State, September 2021]

Paris Clark, 5-10 CG, Long Island Lutheran HS (Brookville, NY) [committed 4/10/2021; reopened recruitment November 2021; committed to Arizona, December 2021]

Timea Gardiner, 6-1 F, Fremont HS (Plain City, UT) [offered July 2018; UCLA among three finalists announced in February 2021; committed to Oregon State, March 2021]

Aaliyah Gayles, 5-9 PG, Spring Valley HS (Las Vegas, NV) [UCLA among ten finalists announced in September 2020; committed to Southern Cal, November 2020]

Chance Gray, 5-9 PG, Lakota West HS (West Chester, OH) [UCLA among two finalists announced in July 2021; committed to Oregon, August 2021]

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

Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda, 6-2 W, Washington HS (Sioux Falls, SD) [committed to Texas, August 2021]

Maya Nnaji, 6-3 F, Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, MN) [offered April 2020; UCLA among 13 finalists announced in October 2020; committed to Arizona, May 2021]

Naya Ojukwu, 6-0 F, Mountain View HS (Meridian, ID) [committed to Utah, October 2021]

Paulina Paris, 5-8 PG, Saddle River Day School (NJ) [UCLA among eight finalists announced in January 2021; committed to Penn State, April 2021 (later decommitted and UCLA not among a new list of finalists)]

Ayanna Patterson, 6-3 W, Homestead HS (Fort Wayne, IN) [offered April 2020; UCLA among five finalists announced in March 2021; committed to UConn, March 2021]

Grace VanSlooten, 6-3 W/F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) {before senior year, attended Toledo Notre Dame Academy (OH)} [offered June 2020; UCLA among ten finalists announced in November 2020; not among three finalists announced in September 2021]

See next page for 2023 commitments and targets for UCLA 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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