News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Oklahoma State officially announces the addition of Old Dominion grad transfer Brianna Jackson (6-3 SR forward, Virginia Beach, VA), who started her college career at Miami (FL).
Oklahoma State’s women’s basketball team has added depth to its frontcourt with the addition of Brianna Jackson it was announced today by Cowgirl head coach Jacie Hoyt.
“Bri is a player we are very excited to have join our Cowgirl family. She adds some much needed depth in the post position and her experience will be invaluable,” Hoyt said.
“Her skill set is very good both around the rim and out to the 15-foot range. Offensively and defensively she will be a great presence for us.”
A 6-3 forward, Jackson comes to Stillwater after spending the previous two seasons at Old Dominion.
This past year, she helped ODU to a 22-12 mark, seeing action in all 34 games and making 15 starts on the season. Jackson shot 46.8 percent from the floor while averaging 6.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
As a junior, Jackson played in 34 games and made 21 starts, scoring 7.3 points and grabbing 5.2 rebounds per contest. She finished the campaign ranked fifth among league players with her 1.44 blocks per game.
The Virginia Beach, Va., native competed at Miami as a freshman and sophomore. She saw action in 40 games and made 20 starts over her two seasons with the Hurricanes. As a freshman, she was sixth in the ACC in blocks at 1.3 per game.
Georgia Tech transfer Raeven Boswell (5-11 SO wing, Austin, TX) lands at Pitt. She played in just five games (5.5 MPG) as a freshman in 2022-23. She entered the portal after the close of the transfer window, so she would need a waiver to play in 2023-24.
The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team added another guard to the mix Monday afternoon as head coach Tory Verdi announced the signing of Georgia Tech transfer guard Raeven Boswell. Boswell will have three years of eligibility remaining as she joins the Pitt squad for the 2023-24 campaign.
“We’re excited to announce the signing of Raeven Boswell,” stated Verdi. “She is an athletic wing that will give us another perimeter threat as she can score at all three levels. She brings a winning pedigree to our program as she was a two-time district champion and All-State Honoree at Lake Travis High School in Texas.”
Boswell comes to Pitt after spending her freshman campaign at ACC foe Georgia Tech. The athletic wing saw action in five games during her first collegiate season, making her college debut against Kennesaw State on Nov. 11. She had the best game of her young career against Furman (Dec. 21) as she scored a career-high seven points and grabbed two rebounds across 10 minutes of work. She also appeared in a pair of ACC games against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.
The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team announced the addition of Kaitlyn Costner, a transfer guard from Ohio State to its 2023-24 roster on Wednesday afternoon.
Costner, a Hoosier State native, joins EKU as a junior after spending the past two seasons at Ohio State where she appeared in 26 games and two NCAA Tournaments. She will wear No. 20 in the maroon and white.
“We’re extremely excited to add Kaitlyn to our roster,” said EKU head coach Greg Todd. “She’s a very talented guard who had two years of experience with such a good program in Ohio State. I believe Kaitlyn is up for the challenge as we continue our pursuit towards championships in March.”
Last season with the Buckeyes, Costner tallied two points playing behind some of the best guards in the country. She recorded a career-high 22 minutes in a home win against Minnesota and played in eight additional Big 10 contests.
Purdue transfer Ainhoa Holzer (5-9 FR point guard, Martigny, Switzerland) lands at West Virginia. She entered the portal after the close of the transfer window, so she would need a waiver to play in 2023-24.
West Virginia University women’s basketball head coach Mark Kellogg has announced the addition of Ainhoa Holzer to a grant-in-aid for the 2023-24 academic year.
“Ainhoa is a skilled point guard that has nice vision, a high IQ and can score at different levels,” Kellogg said. “We needed to add more ball handling and depth to the roster.
“She has valuable international experience playing with the Switzerland National Team and the Swiss Basketball League. We are excited to welcome Ainhoa to Almost Heaven and know that our fans will enjoy watching her compete.”
The 5-foot-9 guard comes to Morgantown with four years of eligibility after redshirting last season at Purdue.
Holzer holds extensive European experience at the junior and national levels in Switzerland. The native of Martingy, Switzerland was named the 2022 Swiss Basketball League (SBL) Sixth Woman of the Year and Most Improved Player. She appeared in 22 games for the BBC Troistorrents, averaging 6.7 points and 2.5 assists per game.
Oklahoma State transfer Ioanna Chatzileonti (6-3 JR forward, Athens, Greece) lands Pitt. She transferred from Kansas to OK State in April. In her injury-shortened 2022-23 season, she averaged 7.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG in 26.6 MPG.
The University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team bolstered their front court with the signing of transfer forward Ioanna Chatzileonti, as announced by head coach Tory Verdi Thursday afternoon. She will have two years of eligibility remaining for Pitt.
“I am very excited to announce the addition of another experienced post player,” stated Verdi. “Ioanna will give us more depth in the front court while her knowledge of the game and experience will help us immediately.”
Chatzileonti, a 6-foot-4 post presence, spent her first three seasons at Kansas where she averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds on 45% shooting during her time as a Jayhawk. Last season, she appeared in 11 games this past season (with five starts), posting averages of 7.1 points and 5.9 rebounds before missing the latter half of the season with an injury.
Her best collegiate season came in 2021-22 as she started of 27 of 29 games while averaging a career-high 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists. She capped her sophomore campaign shooting 46% from the floor while chipping in with 26 blocks and 17 steals.
In the summer of 2022, Chatzileonti competed for Greece at the FIBA U20 European Championships, helping her country to a fifth-place finish. She led the way for the Greek squad as she ranked third in the tournament in scoring (18.3 ppg) while also pulling down 9.9 rebounds across the seven games. She also finished off her tournament showing with four double-doubles to lead the squad.
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