Women’s Basketball Transfer News, December 2020

News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.

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UTEP (C-USA) announces the addition of San Francisco transfer Masha Vasileuka (6-2 RS JR forward, Grodno, Belarus).

UTEP Head Coach Kevin Baker announced the addition of 6’2″ junior forward Mayria “Masha” Vasileuka from the University of San Francisco to his 2020 class of recruits Wednesday morning. The Grodno, Belarus, native will not be able to compete until Fall 2021 pending NCAA transfer regulations.
Vasilevko has not played a minute for the Dons since her arrival to San Francisco, CA, in 2019. However, Vasilevko will be more familiar with her surroundings in El Paso having played two years with the Lady Coyotes of Weatherford College located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“(Vasilevko) is a very talented player and was one of the top junior college players in the country,” Baker said. “She has been unlucky at San Francisco because she tore her ACL, but she is now healthy and ready to go. We are very fortunate to have Masha join our team. She will be a terrific Miner.”


Another UTEP player enters her name into the portal: Tatyana Modawar (6-3 SO forward, Concord, CA).

A 6’3 forward from California, Modawar was averaging 4.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in five games for the Miners in 2020-21.


Grad transfer guard Andra Espinoza-Hunter— former Mississippi State and UConn player—has been granted midyear eligibility at Seton Hall, rather than for fall 2021, and will have eligibility for the 2021-22 season as well.

Seton Hall women’s basketball head coach Anthony Bozzella announced today that graduate transfer Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Ossining, N.Y.) has been granted a legislative relief waiver, and instead of becoming eligible next fall, is now able to suit up for the Pirates for this spring semester.

Espinoza-Hunter will still have the 2021-22 season of eligibility remaining as well.

“I just can’t thank our compliance officers enough,” Bozzella said.  “Will Aloia and Tatum Colitz are two of the very best in the business, and I know they’ve worked tirelessly to get this waiver approved by the NCAA.  Will and Tatum are a huge part of any success we enjoy moving forward.”

A significant talent, Espinoza-Hunter will immediately provide much needed depth to the Pirates, who have been dealing with injuries since the start of the season, including two that are likely season-enders.


Jeniah Thompson (5-10 FR wing, Carterville, IL) is transferring from Southern Illinois to John A. Logan College (juco).

Former Carterville star and Saluki freshman Jeniah Thompson is transferring to John A. Logan College. The Lady Vols Basketball team announced the transfer and that Thompson would be playing for the Vols when their season starts up in January.


Valparaiso (MVC) announces the addition of Loyola Chicago transfer Maya Dunson (5-11 wing, Dayton, OH). She’ll be immediately eligible as a midyear enrollee, having graduated from Loyola this month (she was not on their 2020-21 roster).

Valpo women’s basketball head coach Mary Evans announced today that Maya Dunson has enrolled at Valparaiso University mid-year and has joined the women’s basketball program. Dunson, a 5-11 wing player, will be eligible to play immediately, beginning with Valpo’s MVC opener at Illinois State Jan. 1.

“I chose Valpo because I loved the overall atmosphere and nurturing environment that the coaches create,” Dunson said. “The coaching staff really cares for all of the players as people and really wants every single person on the team to succeed, both on and off the court. I also loved the coaching style and the program’s style of play — it seems that all of the players play free with tons of encouragement.”

Dunson comes to Valpo after playing one and a half seasons at Loyola. As a freshman in 2018-19, Dunson appeared in 26 games off the bench, averaging 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game of action. She scored in double figures three times in the season’s final four games, including back-to-back 13-point efforts in the MVC Tournament. Last season, Dunson averaged 2.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 10 appearances, scoring six points apiece in wins over Chicago State and Bowling Green. . . .

A standout in the classroom, Dunson received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University Chicago in December 2020, studying on the pre-med track with a focus on oncology. She was a member of the Dean’s List throughout her time at Loyola and received the St. Peter Faber Scholar Award in 2019. She will pursue a master’s degree in public health through Valpo’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, with plans to eventually attend medical school to become an oncologist and cancer epidemiologist.


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