News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
DePaul (Big East) officially announces the addition of Kierra Collier, 5-6 RS JR point guard, Kansas City, MO), a transfer from Drake.
The heady facilitator will help fill a missing element from the 2020-21 season. Despite a loaded backcourt featuring All-BIG EAST First Team selections Sonya Morris and Lexi Held, All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention Dee Bekelja plus the versatile Deja Church and BIG EAST All-Freshman Team guard Darrione Rogers—Bruno and his staff did their best to mitigate the need for a true point guard.
That is Collier’s forte. In addition to leading Drake in assists at 4.2 per game, the Lee Summit, Mo. native was the Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer at 11.7 points a game. Her 38 percent accuracy from behind the arc will dovetail nicely with the “DePaulBall” style of play.
She was at her best last season in a game against Big Ten power Iowa with a career-high 25 points and a career-high 10 assists. She went 7-of-9 from deep—the third-highest, single-game mark for three-pointers in Bulldog history.
Collier capped off her season being named All-MVC Honorable Mention.
Arizona State University head women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne today announced that Mael Gilles will be joining the Sun Devils as a graduate transfer for the 2021-22 season.
A 6-1 forward who originally came up through Canada’s youth national teams, Gilles will be coming to ASU from Rutgers University where last season she averaged 8.1 points and 4.3 rebounds as a senior in helping the Scarlet Knights earn their highest seed in the NCAA Tournament since 2012. A starter in 55 of 101 games for Rutgers over the last four seasons, Gilles will be playing a fifth year due to a COVID-19-related NCAA rule granting an extra season for student-athletes who competed in 2020-21 winter sports.
“I am so thrilled to announce the addition of graduate transfer Mael Gilles to our 2021-22 squad,” Turner Thorne said. “Mael comes to us from Rutgers University where she was a standout forward and was an extremely dynamic presence on both ends of the floor. She will not only be a versatile scorer but also a tremendous defensive stopper for us. We also are very excited about the experience and toughness that Mael will bring to our team. Lastly, with her selfless character and high energy personality, Mael is a perfect fit for what we value in our program.”
Tarleton (WAC) signs former Eastern Washington player Jenna Dick (5-7 SO point guard, Langley, BC), their 5th D-I transfer addition.
“We made Jenna a priority during the recruiting process and we’re thrilled she chose to be a Texan,” Wilson said. “Jenna brings us experience, skill, and a high basketball IQ. She’s an elite 3-point shooter and has proven to be a scorer against the level of competition we’ll see in the WAC. I can’t wait to see what Jenna achieves in her three years at Tarleton State.”
Dick is the eighth announced member of Tarleton’s 2021 recruiting class. She is the fifth Division I transfer Wilson has signed this spring, joining fellow guards Jurnee President (St. Bonaventure) and Tyler Jackson (Louisiana Tech), forward Nya Mitchels (UNCW) and center Hannah Matthews (Abilene Christian).
Fairleigh Dickinson transfer Maria Roters (6-0 SO wing, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain) has signed with UAB (C-USA).
UAB women’s basketball head coach Randy Norton has announced the signing of Maria Roters, a transfer from Fairleigh Dickinson.
“We are very excited Maria chose to join our family at UAB,” Norton said. “She is an outstanding basketball player.
The Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain native is a 6-0 guard who spent two seasons with FDU.
“She gets it done in the classroom and is of the highest character,” Norton said. “Maria is a versatile wing capable of playing multiple positions and can impact the game in a variety of ways. Her work ethic and skill set will help us compete for championships.”
Roters started all 22 games during the 2020-21 season, averaging 11 points and five boards a game and with two 11-rebound performances, while shooting a team-high 51.9% from the field.