News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Missouri announces the addition of Old Dominion transfer Skylah Travis (6-3 FR center, Weldon, NC).
Mizzou Women’s Basketball head coach Robin Pingeton announced the addition of Old Dominion University transfer Skylah Travis on Thursday. Travis, a 6-foot-3 center from Weldon, N.C., will have four years of eligibility remaining after spending her true freshman season (2020-21) with the Monarchs. She did not make an appearance in any games because of an injury.
“We are thrilled to have Skylah joining our family,” said Pingeton. “Her athleticism, versatility and dynamic skill set, along with her passion for the game make her a really exciting addition to our roster for the next four years. Skylah’s authenticity, energy and humility are invaluable qualities that we know will have an instant impact on the court, in the locker room and in our family.”
Katie Nelson (5-8 SR point guard, Falmouth, MA) grad-transfers from Boston University to Wisconsin, following the same path as new Badger head coach Marisa Moseley.
“I am extremely excited to have Katie join our Badger family,” said Moseley. “I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Katie for the last three years at Boston University where she led that program from the bottom of the conference to a championship contender. Her passion, work ethic, and basketball knowledge are second to none. Katie will be a great addition to our backcourt and help shore up our point guard position. I have no doubt the impact she will make on and off the court here in Madison will be long lasting!”
The 5-foot-8 point guard earned first-team All-Patriot League honors in 2020-21, leading the Terriers with 12.0 points and 4.3 assists per game. She had a career season as a senior, shooting 47.9% from the field, which ranked seventh in the league, including 40.6% from 3-point range, which ranked fifth. The Falmouth, Massachusetts, native also averaged a career-best 3.7 rebounds per game.
Ole Miss officially announces the addition of three transfers: Angel Baker (Wright State), Lashonda Monk (ECU), and Destiny Salary (Tennessee), along with 2021 signee Jaiyah Harris-Smith.
Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin has announced the addition of four new Rebels for the 2021-22 season: transfers Angel Baker (Wright State), Lashonda Monk (ECU) and Destiny Salary (Tennessee), as well as freshman signee Jaiyah Harris-Smith (Miami, Fla./Norland High School). . . .
“As a staff it was important to fill the needs of the program that we felt was necessary,” McPhee-McCuin said. “We truly believe we’ve got toughness, skill, talent and experience added on our young roster. We also believe that they complement our team and will continue raise the level of competition with our group. I believe the SEC is the most talented and competitive league in the country. In order for us to continue this climb, we have to have talent and a certain mindset. Ole Miss women’s basketball has gotten better this offseason, and we cannot wait to get in the gym with them all this summer and prepare to take things up a notch next season.”
Nova Southeastern (D-II) signs Western Illinois grad transfer Grace Gilmore (5-10 SR guard, Hartland, WI).
Gilmore joins the squad after playing four years for the Western Illinois Leathernecks, where she finished her career with 107 games played, 864 points, 357 rebounds, 270 free throws made, 202 assists and 117 steals.
“Grace will be a high-impact player for us due to her fierce competitive spirit, versatility and aggressive style of play,” explained Freeland-Curry. “She’s a player who enjoys being challenged and is extremely coachable. At WIU, Grace established herself early in her career as a gritty, hard-nosed player who took a lot of charges and dove on the floor for loose balls. During her senior year, she needed to expand her role as a go-to scorer, and she rose to the occasion throughout the season.”
During her senior year (2020-21), Gilmore earned Summit League All-Second Team honors after starting every game for the third-straight season and finishing the season ranked ninth in the Summit League in scoring. On Feb. 6 against Omaha, Gilmore set a program single-game scoring record with 46 points, the third most by a NCAA women’s basketball player that season. She scored double-digits in 17 games, ending the season with seven consecutive and was the team-leader in points (330), points per game (13.8), assists (88), assists per game (3.7) and free throws (118).
Fresno State transfer Brooke Walling (6-3 SO center, Vancover, WA) has landed at Western Washington (D-II).
The Western Washington University Women’s Basketball program will add a big-time transfer with former Prairie High School standout Brooke Walling set to join the Vikings for the 2021-22 season.
Walling is a versatile and athletic 6-3 forward that appeared in 56 games (9 starts) over two seasons at Fresno State University in 2019-20 and 2020-21, averaging 2.5 points per game with 48 blocked shots. In two seasons with the Bulldogs, Walling combined to shoot 51.2 percent from the field (57-for-110).
“We are excited Brooke has decided to become a part of our Western family,” said WWU head coach Carmen Dolfo, who is among the winningest coaches in NCAA Division II history with a 618-245 record in 30 seasons. “Her length, her ability to play both inside and out and her experience at a high level will enable her to be an impact player for us right away.”
Maine grad transfer Dor Saar (5-6 SR point guard, Ma’anit, Israel) signs with Middle Tennessee (C-USA).
One of the all-time great point guards in the history of the America East Conference will be playing her final collegiate season at Middle Tennessee, Lady Raider Head Coach Rick Insell announced Thursday.
Dor Saar, a three-time America East All-Conference selection, opted to enter the transfer portal and play her additional year of eligibility at Middle Tennessee following a dynamic career at Maine.
Saar, a native of Ma’Anit, Isreal, is Maine’s career leader in 3-pointers with 235 and she capped her career second on the school’s all-time assists list with 507. She is the only player in Maine history to eclipse 1,000 points and 500 assists in a career. Saar played in 117 career games, starting 112.
Saar ranks 21st on Maine’s all-time scoring list with 1,069 points and averaged 9.1 points, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals during her stellar career. She led the Bears to two America East championships.