News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
TCU officially announces the addition of Cal State Fullerton transfer Una Jovanovic (5-9 SO guard, Santa Clara, CA).
TCU has added another multi-dimensional playmaker to its backcourt ahead of the 2023-2024 season.
Head coach Mark Campbell announced the signing of Cal State Fullerton transfer guard Una Jovanovic on Saturday.
Jovanovic, 5-9, played two seasons for the Titans from 2021-2023. She led CSUN in points per game (14.6) and assists per game (3.8) on her way to All-Big West conference second team accolades. Jovanovic started all 30 games and averaged 38 minutes per contest.
From Santa Clara, California, Jovanovic was a volume scorer for the Titans last winter. She eclipsed double figures in 80 percent (24-30) of her outings. Jovanovic delivered six 20-point performances, twice scoring a career-high 26 points in conference victories over UC Davis and UC San Diego. Her shooting percentages remained robust while shouldering a heavy offensive load. She connected at a 43 percent clip from the field and knocked down 84 percent of her free throws. Jovanovic shot 50 percent-or-better and scored in double digits 11 times.
Jovanovic served as the Titans’ primary ball handler throughout her sophomore season. She dished out five-or-more dimes on eight occasions and finished with a career-best seven assists in a pair of victories over UC San Diego.
She also averaged 3.5 rebounds per game, which ranked fourth on the squad and second among all guards.
The California women’s basketball team announced the signing of graduate transfer Ila Lane from UC Santa Barbara to its roster for the 2023-24 season.
Lane made a mark right off the bat to start her collegiate career, earning AP All-America honorable mention honors in 2020 and being named the Big West Freshman of the Year. She was an All-Big West First Team selection in 2023 and 2020 and a Second-Team selection in 2022. Lane opted out of the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are extremely excited to have Ila join the team as I know she will make an impact right away,” Cal head coach Charmin Smith said. “Not only is she an accomplished basketball player, but she is an exceptional student and will fit right in at Cal. She gives us great size, rebounding and finishing ability at the rim and will be a force in the Pac-12 next season.”
A 6-foot-4 forward/center from Moraga, Lane amassed 1,150 points (13.1 points per game), 896 rebounds (10.2 rebounds per game), 76 blocks (0.9 blocks per game) and 41 double-doubles in 88 career games (all starts) for UCSB. She owns the Gauchos’ single-season rebounding record (378 in 2019-20) and her career rebounds rank third all-time.
As a senior in 2022-23, Lane averaged 11.8 PPG and 8.1 RPG, which led the Big West. She collected 10 double-doubles and shot 54.4% from the field, which both also led the conference. Lane led her team to the Big West championship game, averaging 12.7 PPG and 7.7 RPG on her way to being named to the Big West All-Tournament team.
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Barnes Arico announced the addition of Elissa Brett as a graduate transfer for the 2023-24 University of Michigan women’s basketball team on Friday (April 28). Brett spent the last four seasons at Bowling Green and heads to Michigan for her final year of eligibility.
“Elissa is a proven winner,” Barnes Arico said. “She is such a competitor and what is really important during the recruiting process is finding players who fit into our style. One of our core values is competitive greatness; we want players who want to compete at the highest level and who want to win at everything they do. She does all of those things, and I think she is going to be a candidate for our sticker award every single day. She is an exceptional defender who takes charges and rebounds extremely well from the guard position. She can get to the basket and made more than 90 three-pointers last season, so she can really score from all over the court. She also brings a lot of experience to our team, both in the regular season and in the postseason.”
Brett spent the previous four years at Bowling Green, graduating 15th in scoring (1,358) and 11th in rebounds (758). For her career, she hit 177 three-pointers to rank seventh all-time. She started in 102 of her 122 appearances, averaging double figures in scoring in each of her last three seasons.
As a senior, she led Bowling Green to the semifinals of the WNIT and to the MAC championship game. She earned a spot on the All-MAC first team, becoming BGSU’s first first-team selection in nine seasons. Brett also was named to the all-tournament team and the all-defense team. She led the Falcons in scoring at 14.7 points per game and was second in rebounding at 6.0 boards in 30.9 minutes per game. She scored in double figures in all but six of Bowling Green’s 38 games, highlighted by eight 20-point contests.
Hailey Van Lith, the top-rated player in this year’s transfer portal, has announced her decision to join the defending national champions and transfer to LSU.
This marks the second consecutive season the Tigers have landed the top player in the transfer portal. Angel Reese was the top player in last year’s portal and went on have a historic season and led LSU to its first NCAA Championship during her first year with the program.
“The fan base and university here love and support their women’s basketball team like no other,” Van Lith said. “I cannot wait to play for this incredible community. LSU plays with an intensity and grit that I am drawn to and I am wholeheartedly committed to helping this team be great.”
Van Lith will team up with Reese along with other returners like SEC Freshman of the Year Flau’jae Johnson, SEC All-Freshman forward Sa’Myah Smith, Kateri Poole and Last-Tear Poa who were all key components in the championship season during Coach Kim Mulkey’s second year at LSU. The Tigers are also bringing in the top rated freshmen recruiting class in the country with Mikaylah Williams, Aalyah Del Rosario, Angelica Velez and Janae Kent.
“I am very familiar with the skillset and work ethic Hailey brings to Baton Rouge,” Coach Kim Mulkey said. “She will bring a wealth of experience and talent to our backcourt. Hailey has a fiery personality and passion for the game that Tiger fans will love!”
One of the top players in the ACC and in the country in recent years, Van Lith has two years of eligibility remaining. A two-time First Team All-ACC player and AP All-America honorable mention for Louisville, Van Lith is an impact player. The 5-7 guard from Wenatchee, Washington is coming off the most productive year of her career at Louisville and earned AP All-America honorable mention honors. Van Lith averaged 19.7 points, 3.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game this season. Van Lith and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only two players in the country who averaged at least 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists throughout the year. Louisville and Van Lith reached this year’s Elite Eight before falling to Iowa.
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Barnes Arico announced on Thursday (April 27) the addition of Lauren Hansen as a graduate transfer to the 2023-24 University of Michigan women’s basketball team. Hansen spent the last three seasons at Missouri and will head to Ann Arbor for her final season.
“Lauren is such a dynamic player who can really score the basketball,” Barnes Arico said. “She is a competitor who plays with a high level of energy and fire. I have watched her since she was a little kid and it’s clear that she loves the game; the way she plays is reflective of the way we play here. She will fit exceptionally well into our style as a tough, hard-nosed guard. She brings a different type of flare and energy to our team, as well as a lot of experience. She has had to play against some of the best guards in the country the last four years in the SEC, and we are going to look for her to help lead our team from multiple positions, whether that’s running the point or playing off the ball.”
Hansen spent the last three seasons at Missouri, starting every game over the last two years. A double-figure scorer the last two seasons, Hansen averaged 10.6 points, 2.4 boards and 1.3 assists in 26.2 minutes per game during her Mizzou career. She was named the Co-SEC Player of the Week (Jan. 4, 2022) after scoring 21 points and the game-winning basket over South Carolina on Dec. 30, 2021.
This past year as a senior, Hansen averaged career bests in points (12.9 ppg), rebounds (2.9 rpg) and minutes (29.3 mpg) while recording 44 steals and hitting 65 three-pointers. She recorded 20 double-figure scoring games, topping the 20-point mark seven times. Hansen reached the 1,000-point mark for her career during 2022-23 after scoring 413 points during the season, heading to Michigan with 1,086 career points.
Hansen played her freshman season at Auburn, appearing in 25 games en route to averaging 7.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. She ranked 10th in the SEC in three-pointers per game, hitting 1.6 longballs per contest.
Hansen hails from Long Island, N.Y., and was the No. 71-ranked recruit by ESPN in the 2019 class. She set the all-time scoring mark — boys or girls — at Ward Melville High School, helping her team to a pair of league titles. She averaged 27.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as a senior, grabbing a spot on the USA Today All-State first team.
Hansen will graduate with a degree in communications and was twice named to the Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll, while grabbing a spot on the 2020-21 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll.