Women’s Basketball Personnel News, 2019–20 Season

Roster-related personnel news for the 2019-20 D-I women’s basketball season, covering injuries, suspensions, dismissals, roster additions/subtractions, and coaching changes. Items listed in reverse chronological order.


Redshirt junior guard Petra Holesinska, the team’s leading scorer this season who will graduate but has a year of eligibility remaining, may turn pro rather than return for the 2020-21 season.

But with the soon-to-be 23-year-old — her birthday is March 12 — set to graduate from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing this May, Holesinska may forgo her final season of eligibility to pursue what she hopes will be a pro career in Europe.

“I am definitely still going through it,” Holesinska said when asked if she has made a decision about her future at Illinois. “There’s a lot of pros and cons in both decisions, so you know, I just want to finish strong at the Big Ten tournament and take a couple of days to think about everything, think about the four years that I spent here and just make a decision based on that.”



Freshman guard Teisha Hyman will miss the postseason with a “knee ailment.”

Syracuse University announced on Monday night that Hyman will miss the rest of the season with a knee ailment.

Hyman, a freshman, sustained the injury in a loss at North Carolina State on Thursday. Hyman averaged 6.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game this season.


Arizona State

Senior guard Kiara Russell was apparently lost for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury during the Sun Devils’ senior day loss to Stanford.

In the second quarter of the game, ASU was dealt a massive blow on the injury front as senior guard Kiara Russell had to be helped to the locker room after suffering a knee injury.

The Russell injury took the air out of the arena and her team as well.

“I don’t think we can overstate the impact it had when she got hurt,” Turner Thorne said. “That was the unluckiest thing that could possibly happen, to have one of your starters lost for the rest of the season.”


UPDATE (3/3): Russell announced that she did not suffer a torn ACL, saying, “hopefully I’ll be making my way back soon.”

Mississippi State

Redshirt sophomore center Promise Taylor has decided to medically retire from basketball.

“Promise was coming of a pretty significant surgery, basically reconstructive ankle surgery and she has really struggled with it,” said MSU coach Vic Schaefer. “She came in to see Johnnie (Harris) and I a couple of weeks ago and talked about her struggles with that and felt like she needed to step away from the game. We certainly want to honor that and help and assist her in everything that she’s got left. She’s on track to graduate in December.

“I’m disappointed. I always felt like she could really help us.”


Southern Cal

With Aliyah Jeune out with an injury, the Trojans were down to seven healthy scholarship players for their game Friday versus Washington, which they lost.

USC was outmatched Friday night as the Washington Huskies took care of business, defeating the Trojans 75-66. Despite the loss, USC remains the top unranked team in the Pac-12 standings at 5-10, while the Huskies improve to 4-11 in conference play.

USC continues to endure a season hampered by injury as graduate guard Aliyah Jeune missed her second straight game, leaving USC with only seven healthy scholarship players.



Starting sophomore forward Darcy Rees is out for the season with a stress fracture in her right foot. She was averaging 6.9 PPG and 4.1 RPG.


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