Women’s Basketball Personnel News, 2019–20 Season

Roster-related 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.

Green Bay

Sophomore guard Hailey Oskey and freshman guard Cassie Schiltz “likely” out for the season with “lower body injuries.”

Borseth indicated Thursday that sophomore guard Hailey Oskey and freshman guard Cassie Schiltz are likely to miss the rest of the season with lower body injuries. Both can redshirt.

Oskey and Schiltz were expected to play big roles. The two have been praised in the past by Borseth, who called Oskey a franchise player during her freshman season and said Schiltz could some day be the face of the program.


Tennessee State

Jessica Kern temporarily steps down from her head coaching position because of an undisclosed health issue.

Kern announced her decision on her Twitter account.

“After speaking with my family & continuous prayer, I am choosing to take a temporary cessation of work to focus on my health. My life’s mission is, and continues to be, empowering young people to live beyond their wildest dreams. Thank you for respecting my privacy & family’s decision. May God continue to bless those that live to serve and those I am blessed to influence daily.”



Whitney Jennings returns to Butler as an interim assistant basketball coach. The hiring follows Kierra McCleary stepping down as an assistant coach a couple of weeks ago.

Whitney Jennings will return to Butler as an interim assistant basketball coach for the women’s program. Head Coach Kurt Godlevske announced the news on Thursday, Dec. 5.

“My first priority was to find someone who could immediately step in and help us,” Godlevske explained. “Whitney understands how our program operates. She understands our players and our system. She’s also knowledgeable about what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at Butler.”

Jennings spent two seasons at Butler as a student-athlete, leading the team in scoring each year. The point guard left the locker room just one year ago with 1,049 career points. She scored 539 points during her junior season and 510 as a senior. Jennings and former BU assistant coach Julie Shelton (VonDielingen) are the only two players in program history to have multiple 500+ point seasons.



Injuries have “indefinitely” sidelined sophomore forward Brinae Alexander (13.4 PPG; ruptured Achilles) and freshman forward Kyndall Golden (knee).

White confirmed Tuesday that both Brinae Alexander and Kyndall Golden will be out indefinitely due to injury. Golden left a Nov. 22 win over Furman with a knee injury and Alexander departed with a foot injury early in Vandy’s loss to Rutgers last week in the Bahamas.

“I think for us, we’re going to have a new normal without (Alexander) on the floor,” White said. “It’s easy for people to look at her production, but the production is just part of it. It’s the way she did everything. Her intensity. Her toughness. She’s got dog in her.

“What we need from more people is the consistency aspect from that. And that happens in practice. We don’t need one person to make up for (Alexander’s) production.”


Youngstown State

Senior forward Mary Dunn (17 PPG) and redshirt junior forward Emma VanZanten will be out at least four to six weeks with injuries.

Mary Dunn, a 6-foot-3 senior forward and one of the top scorers in the Horizon League with an average of 17 points per game, is out. Emma VanZanten, a 6-4 redshirt junior forward, is also sidelined.

The absence of Dunn, a first-team Horizon League player, is a devastating blow to YSU since its offense is predicated on an inside-out scheme. Dunn is out with a leg injury, while VanZanten’s foot keeps her from playing.

Barnes said Dunn is out at least four to six weeks, while VanZanten also won’t be playing for that span.

Freshman Jen Wendler, a 6-2 forward, is the last post standing for the Penguins. She’s getting much more playing time than she could ever have imagined as a newcomer.



Senior guard Blanca Millan, the America East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year last season, is out for the 2019-20 season with a torn ACL.

The 6-foot-1 guard from Santiago de Compostela was injured during the second quarter of Friday night’s loss to Arizona State in the Gulf Coast Showcase at Estero, Florida.

“Black Bear Nation, unfortunately I have some bad news I need to share with everyone,” Millan said. “During our game this past Friday against Arizona State, I injured my knee and the diagnosis is an ACL tear. This means I will be out for the rest of the season, but this is not the end of the world. I will be back stronger than ever and know that I will be cheering on my teammates from the sidelines as loud as always.”


Ole Miss

Freshman wing Sarah Dumitrescu is out for the season with a torn ACL. She had been leading the Rebels in rebounding at 7.8 per game.

Ole Miss women’s basketball freshman Sarah Dumitrescu will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season due to a torn ACL suffered in the first quarter vs. Sam Houston State on Tuesday night.

“As much joy as sports brings, there is an ugly side to it and that is unfortunately injuries,” said Ole Miss head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “My heart is broken for Sarah, as she has worked extremely hard to buy into the role we envisioned for her on both ends of the floor. She is loved by her teammates, staff and the Oxford community, and I’m certain that she will not only bounce back from this, but come back even stronger.”

Dumitrescu entered Tuesday night’s contest as the top rebounder for the Rebels, averaging 7.8 boards per game, which ranked 13th in the SEC at the time. She started each of her last four games played, notching at least 23 minutes played in every game prior to her injury. Dumitrescu had at least seven rebounds in four games played, and already had five boards in the first quarter before her injury.



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