“Our people here, they’ve gone to the ends of the Earth to try to make this happen,” [Texas women’s basketball coach Vic] Schaefer said. “I probably shouldn’t get into it here, I need to probably bite my tongue.
“It’s just crazy and so disappointing. We’re supposed to be in the kid business. When things happen outside of people’s control, you think that we can, as adults, we can see that. This is where we are.”
Prior to the start of Big Ten action, the Michigan State women’s basketball team learned that redshirt-junior guard Janai Crooms was granted immediate eligibility from the NCAA for the 2020-21 season.
Crooms came to Michigan State after two successful seasons at Ohio State.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Janai as part of the Spartan family. She will make an immediate impact with her ability to score the ball, push tempo and create for others,” Merchant said. “She is an extremely talented and versatile guard that can take over games with her abilities, competitiveness, and passion. Her size and toughness makes her a tremendous defender that can guard multiple positions and skill sets.”
Transfer Brylee Bartram has been ruled athletically eligible for Vanderbilt’s 2020-21 women’s basketball season, as announced Friday.
“We are excited for Brylee,” said head coach Stephanie White. “Since arriving on campus, she has been a tremendous asset to the program and she has been patient in this process. We are grateful for the support of our administration and compliance team, and thrilled for Brylee to have the opportunity to play this season.”
After playing in the first game, UNC Wilmgton player Paige Powell (6-2 SR forward, Hallsboro, NC) has opted out of the remainder of the 2020-21 season and entered her name into transfer portal.
Over her career the East Columbus graduate averaged 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 86 games for the Seahawks.