News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order. See also: Women’s Basketball Transfers: Fall 2019–Summer 2020.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Women’s Basketball and head coach Gary Blair have announced the signing of transfer guard Alexis Morris on Saturday.
Morris is a redshirt junior, and is the fourth transfer player landed by the Aggies in this recruiting class (Destiny Pits, Zaay Green & Ella Tofaeono).
Alexis Morris | 5-6 | G | Rutgers/Bayor/Legacy Christian HS | Beaumont, Texas
The Beaumont, Texas, native comes to Aggieland after spending her redshirt sophomore season as a member of the Rutgers women’s basketball program during the 2019-20 campaign. Morris made an appearance in seven games for the Scarlet Knights.
She began her collegiate career in the 2017-18 season at Baylor, playing in 34 contests and earning a spot on the 2018 Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Morris averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. She also led the Lady Bears in three-point field goal percentage (.462), and paced Big 12 freshman in free-throw percentage (.836).
Morris was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. She played her high school career at Legacy Christian Academy, where she led her team to four-consecutive district championships. Morris capped off her time at Legacy Christian Academy by winning the Class 3A State Championship, and by being named the 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year (Texas). She participated in the Jordan Brand Classic and was also a McDonald’s All-American.
TCU grad transfer Alex Crain (5-9 SO guard, McKinney, TX) has signed with San Diego State (Mountain West), with two years of eligibility.
Head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson has announced the signing of Alex Crain, a graduate transfer from TCU. The 5’9″ guard is immediately eligible and will suit up for the Aztecs for two seasons.
“Alex will bring athleticism and experience to the team,” Terry-Hutson said. “She can attack off the dribble, knock down threes and is an elite on ball defender. She is extremely intelligent, both in terms of her performance in the classroom and her IQ on the court, and we are thrilled to add her to our family.”
“I decided to come to San Diego State because I believe I can accomplish great things with this team and coaching staff,” Crain said. “The academics and the opportunities I will have at SDSU are unbeatable and most of all, it just felt like home to me.”
Crain, a native of McKinney, Texas, appeared in 48 games while averaging six minutes per game over the past two seasons for the Horned Frogs, who averaged 23 wins a year during that span.
Destiny Marshall is a junior transfer from Jacksonville, where she averaged 14.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last winter in 22 games for the Dolphins. Marshall was a three-time ASUN Newcomer of the Week for Jacksonville last season, including an honor for her career-high 28 points in a win over NJIT. She shot 78 percent from the free throw line, 44 percent overall from the field and came away with 31 steals on the defensive end.
Marshall began her college career at Georgia Highlands, where she scored 14.1 points per game as a redshirt freshman in 2018-19 at the junior college. High-level athletics is in Marshall’s blood as her brother, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, played 13 seasons in the NFL following his football career at UCF, and another brother, Fred Jr., played basketball at Florida Atlantic.
A pair of transfers round out the 2020 signing class, with Leah Dougherty joining the Yotes from Utah State and Mattie Creager coming from Northwest College.
Dougherty appeared in seven games last season for the Aggies, missing most of the year due to injury. After using a medical redshirt, she will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Yotes. She was named an Academic All-Mountain West selection and a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete. Prior to Utah State, Dougherty spent two seasons at Big Bend Community College, averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as sophomore and helping lead the team to a 27-5 record. She was also named to the NWAC All-Defensive team in 2019. The 5-foot-10 guard is a native of Rexburg and attended Madison High where she was named first-team All-Conference as a senior.
“Leah is a guard that is very versatile,” Beal said. “She can post up a smaller defender or play on the perimeter. She knows how to score, but will also be an asset for us on the defensive end with her length. We are excited about the competitiveness that she will bring to our team.”
Three D-I players are transferring to Gulf Coast State College (juco):
- Nia Daniel (5-9 FR guard, Charlotte, NC) / North Carolina
- Liz Gibbs (5-9 FR combo guard, Atlanta, GA) / Southern Miss
- Chyna Nixon (5-9 SO guard, Philadelphia, PA) / Temple [was not on Temple’s 2019-20 roster]
The new eight-player class sports three Division-I transfers, two JUCO Division-I transfers, and three incoming freshmen.
Point guard Liz Gibbs (Southern Miss) and forwards Nia Daniel (North Carolina) and Chyna Nixon (Temple) bring in the most experience of any of the newcomers, with all three having played a full season of Division-I basketball.