Women’s Basketball News, 2022-23 Season

Women’s basketball news for the 2022-23 season, covering roster changes, injuries, suspensions, coaching changes, game cancellations, and more. Items listed in reverse chronological order.

See also the March 2023 transfer news page.

Colorado head coach JR Payne receives a contract extension through the 2027-28 season.

Colorado Athletic Director Rick George announced the contract extension of women’s basketball coach JR Payne on Thursday.


Missy Bilderback has been named the new UL Monroe head coach, following eight years—and a record of 198-33—as head coach at Jones College, a juco in Ellisville, Mississippi.

ULM Athletics Director John Hartwell announced Wednesday the hiring of Missy Bilderback, who has compiled a record of 198-33 (.857) in eight years at Jones College in Ellisville, Mississippi, including seven-straight 20-win seasons and seven consecutive appearances in the NJCAA Division I Tournament, as head women’s basketball coach.

Bilderback will be formally introduced as ULM’s 10th women’s head basketball coach at a press conference on Thursday, March 30 at 11 a.m. on the seventh floor of the ULM Library.

Since taking over the program in 2015-16, Bilderback’s teams have averaged 25 victories per season while claiming six of the last seven conference championships and seven consecutive Region 23 titles. The Bobcats’ streak of seven-straight NJCAA Division I Tournament appearances includes three trips to the Sweet 16, two to the Elite Eight and one to the Final Four. Prior to her arrival at Jones College, the Bobcats had never advanced to the national tournament.

Bilderback has coached 30 all-conference selections, 20 all-region picks as well as 12 All-Americans.

“We were really pleased with the talented pool of applicants this opening attracted,” Hartwell said. “Missy Bilderback emerged as the top candidate for our position, not simply because of her incredible record, but we hired the best coach for our program. We’re ecstatic about it, and we know great things are on the horizon for ULM women’s basketball.

“Her enthusiasm and positivity are infectious. Missy checks all the boxes: recruiting, player development and team chemistry. She places a high level of importance on the development of the overall person, not just the basketball player. Missy has a tremendous track record of success … her winning percentage speaks for itself. Most importantly, she’s a great fit for ULM. We love her can-do attitude. She has the roll up your sleeves, let’s go to work mentality. She’s ready to hit the ground running, and we’re going to see positive results.”

“We are thrilled to be joining the ULM family,” Bilderback said. “I was so impressed by the vision of new Athletic Director John Hartwell. The combination of a great place to live, the tremendous people within the athletic department, and the opportunity to compete in the Sun Belt Conference makes this a special place. It’s a great time to be a Warhawk.”


Jeff Cammon has been named the new Saint Mary’s head coach, after six seasons as head coach at Long Beach State.

Saint Mary’s College Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Matoso, announced today Jeff Cammon as its new Head Women’s Basketball Coach, who comes to SMC after six seasons as head coach at Long Beach State.

This past season, Cammon was named The Big West Coach of the Year after leading the Beach to their first 20-win season since 2016-17. They won 15-straight games from January 12 to March 2, the longest in Big West action this season. The team’s 17 Big West wins were the most conference victories since 1988-89. Cammon’s teams are coming off back-to-back WNIT appearances.

“We are thrilled to announce Jeff Cammon as our new head women’s basketball coach. His resume speaks for itself with the success that he’s had here in California and everywhere he’s been at the NCAA level,” said Matoso. “We welcome him into the Gael family and are excited for the future of the program under his leadership.”

As a team, the Beach ranked in the Top 10 nationally in steals per game (11.5) and turnover margin (6.1). Cammon was the Beach’s first Big West Coach of the Year since Mary Hegarty in 2005-06.

“I’m very excited to join the Gael family. The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball program has previously experienced great success and I truly believe we can build on that and take it to another level. Randy Bennett has done such a great job of building an amazing culture with the men’s program and my belief is that in time, we can create something just as special,” Cammon said. “I want to thank Mike Matoso and the entire Saint Mary’s administration for this opportunity.”


Ryan Gensler has been named the new Akron head coach. He was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Illinois during the 2022-23 season and spent five years on the Dayton staff before that.

The University of Akron Athletics Director Charles Guthrie announced today [March 29] that Ryan Gensler has been named head women’s basketball coach. Gensler becomes the 11th coach in the program’s 49-year history.

Gensler’s hiring is pending approval by the University’s Board of Trustees.

Gensler will usher in the 50th season of Akron Zips women’s basketball during his inaugural campaign on the sidelines in 2023-24.

“Our goal is to build and sustain a championship-caliber program that contends for MAC titles and NCAA Tournament berths on an annual basis,” Guthrie said. “I believe that Ryan brings the vision, experience and deep roots in Ohio that will allow the Zips to reach new heights.  “More importantly, during the process Ryan demonstrated a strong commitment to develop well-rounded leaders on the court and in the classroom.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to join the Akron Zips family,” Gensler said. “I want to thank President Gary L. Miller, Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie and the team of administrators for their confidence in me to lead this program. We will work tirelessly to help our student-athletes compete with a championship mentality on the court, in the classroom, and in the Akron community.”

Gensler comes to Akron with more than a decade of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level. He spent the 2022-23 campaign at Big Ten Conference member Illinois, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In his lone season in Champaign, Gensler helped guide Illinois to its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since the 2002-03 campaign.


Amy Eagan has been named the new Lindenwood head coach, after three seasons as head coach at D-II Drury.

On Tuesday, Lindenwood Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Jason Coomer named Amy Eagan the next head coach of the women’s basketball program.

“I want to thank Lindenwood University President Dr. Porter and VP of Athletics Jason Coomer for trusting me with this amazing opportunity,” said Eagan.  “I also want to give a very special thank you to Drury University, the community, and all the coaches and players that I have coached in the past.  None of this is possible without you.”

Eagan arrives in St. Charles, Mo. after spending three seasons as the head coach of Drury University women’s basketball.  Eagan completed her 14th season as a collegiate head coach, as she had stops at Truman State, Ashford, and St. Ambrose.

“Today is an exciting day for our institution, department and women’s basketball program,” said Coomer.  “After an extensive search that featured tremendous interest in the position, it was clear that the right and best candidate was only a few hours away.  Coach Eagan is a proven winner as demonstrated throughout her career as a student-athlete, coach and mentor.   We are thrilled that she will be bringing her exciting style of play to St. Charles as this will certainly be intriguing to players and fans alike.”

Eagan brings a career mark of 274-151 (.645) to Lindenwood, including four-straight seasons of 23 or more wins.  Eagan has led three schools to the NCAA Division II tournament for a total of five appearances, as well as one NAIA tournament appearance.  Eagan has claimed five conference titles in her 14 years, including three-straight.

“From my first contact with Dr. Porter and Mr. Coomer, it was very apparent that there is a commitment to excellence, a commitment to winning, and a commitment to the student-athletes and their graduation,” added Eagan.  “Words cannot express my sincere gratitude and excitement to lead this program into this new era!  I am committed to ensuring that these young women are champions on the floor, in the community, and in the classroom.”


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