News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Baylor head coach Nicki Collen announced the signing of transfer Dre’Una Edwards from Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Dree and her family to the Baylor family,” Collen said. “Everyone knows Dree from the game-winning shot she hit for Kentucky in the SEC Championship game, but Dree’s success began her freshman year at Utah when she was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. She has handled adversity, including a season-ending ACL injury, and matured and grown into a person and player I am excited to coach and lead.
“Dree is a true inside-outside threat who will give us great versatility with her size, strength and skill. Her ability to handle the ball and shoot it will create great spacing in our system. She loves the game of basketball and loves to compete. Dree is majoring in social work with a goal of working in the juvenile justice system. Dree comes from an amazing family, and our fans will love getting to know her parents, Andre and Shonnise.”
The 6-foot-2 forward was unstoppable for Kentucky during its 10-game winning streak toward the end of the season. During that stretch, Edwards averaged 20.5 points per game, including a career-high 30 at Missouri and 27 against South Carolina. She finished the season second on the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game off 44.1 percent shooting from the field.
The Florida State Women’s Basketball program has added its second talented transfer this offseason as incoming graduate guard Jazmine Massengill has been added to the Seminole roster for the 2022-23 season.
Massengill was ranked as one of the country’s best transfers because of her immense experience playing for reigning SEC champion Kentucky. This past year as a senior, the Chattanooga, Tenn., native averaged 33.6 minutes along with 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
Fairfield grad transfer Rachel Hakes (6-0 SR point guard, Woodbury, MN) has landed at Tulane. She averaged 7.4 PPG and 6.7 APG in 2021-22, earning third-team All-MAAC honors.
Tulane University women’s basketball program announced the newest addition to its roster, as Head Coach Lisa Stockton announced the signing of Rachel Hakes who will transfer and play basketball for the Green Wave beginning in the fall of 2022.
A 6-foot guard from Woodbury, Minnesota, Hakes played the past four seasons at Fairfield University. She led the Stags in assists during each of the last two seasons including dishing out the most dimes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) this past year with 187.
“Rachel is a true point guard with great savvy and ability to score,” Stockton said. “Her leadership ability and experience will be great assets for us this upcoming season.”
Hakes scored 7.4 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting from the field and 42.6 percent from beyond the arc as a senior during the 2021-22 season. She averaged an impressive 6.7 assists per contest to lead the conference and ranked fourth in the country. Her 2.5 assist to turnover ratio also paced the MAAC while ranking 15th nationally. Hakes was an integral part of a Stags team that won the conference tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament. Her performance this past season earned her All-MAAC Third Team selection.
In her four seasons at Fairfield, Hakes appeared in 106 games, making 79 starts. Her scoring average grew from 1.2 points per game as a freshman to 7.4 per game during her final season with the Stags. Meanwhile, her assists average ballooned from 0.9 per game during her freshman year to 6.7 as a senior. Hakes finished her career at Fairfield with 16 double-digit scoring games including a career-high 26 this past season. She also notched nine games with double figures in assists for the Stags.
Missouri transfer Aijha Blackwell (6-0 JR guard, Berkeley, MO) lands at Baylor. And Baylor also officially announced the signing of Stanford transfer Jana Van Gytenbeek (5-7 SO point guard, Greenwood Village, CO).
Baylor head coach Nicki Collen announced the signing of transfer Aijha Blackwell from Missouri on Friday evening. The junior will have two years of eligibility after earning All-SEC honors in each of her three seasons at Missouri.
“We are incredibly excited to have Aijha wear the green and gold,” Collen said. “Our fans saw firsthand how she can impact the game with her physicality, rebounding and overall attack mentality when Mizzou played us in December. She has the ability to swing between forward positions and is a true mismatch for opponents with her combination of skill, speed and size.
“Aijha wants to continue to develop her all-around game and be pro-ready, and I know we can help her do that. She is a passionate competitor with a big heart and will be an asset to Baylor and the Waco community. Aijha is interested in helping young kids and academically majors in early childhood education. Hopefully fans will show Aijha, her mother Amy, and the entire Blackwell family some Baylor love.”
Blackwell led the Tigers in scoring last season with 15.4 points to go with 13.0 rebounds per game, a mark that ranked second nationally. She shot .495 from the floor and .338 from 3-point range.
The Cal women’s basketball team has added another standout player to its roster for the 2022-23 season with the addition of 6-foot guard Kemery Martín, a three-time letter winner from Utah.
“Kemery is a proven scorer in our conference,” said head coach Charmin Smith. “She is a three-level scorer with great size and athleticism. She fits the needs of the program and has the determination and work ethic to help us accomplish our goals. She immediately gelled with the young women in the program and we are excited to have her.”
While at Utah, Martín was known for her energetic and entertaining play. She played in 58 career games making 26 starts over three seasons for the Utes. Martín notched 17 games in double figures for Utah. For her career, she has scored 384 points, averaging 6.6 points per contest, while dishing out 1.2 assists per game.
As a sophomore, Martín had a breakout year, playing in 21 games with 17 starts. She scored 233 points averaging 11.1 points per game while shooting 33.0 percent from beyond the arc, grabbing 2.5 rebounds per game. She tallied 13 games in double figures that season – including 10 of the last 12 games for the Utes. For her efforts, she was named to the 2020-21 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention team.
UTEP announces the addition of Oklahoma State transfer N’Yah Boyd (5-6 JR point guard, Mesquite, TX).
UTEP women’s basketball has signed Oklahoma State transfer N’Yah Boyd, head coach Kevin Baker announced on Friday. Boyd will have two years of eligibility left with the Miners.
Boyd, a player with prior experience within Conference USA, served in an important role at North Texas for two seasons before playing last year at Oklahoma State. She led the Mean Green in assists during each of her seasons in Denton….
Played for Oklahoma State during the 2021-22 campaign … saw action in 26 games with 11 starts … ranked third on the team with 47 assists … scored a season-high 13 points at SMU (11/14/21) and vs. Green Bay (11/26/21) … dished out a career-high seven assists against Missouri State (11/17/21) … compiled a season-high three steals vs. Tennessee (11/27/21) … spent the prior two seasons at North Texas, seeing action in 50 games with 38 starts … for her collegiate career, has accumulated 601 points, 207 assists, 212 rebounds and 83 steals …
“N’Yah is a terrific point guard. She has the potential to be one of the best players in our conference. We knew N’Yah well. We recruited her out of high school and then coached against her while she played at UNT. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to coach her. She has great court vision, can score many different ways and plays really solid defense. She will make an immediate impact on our team.” – Coach Baker