News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
UC Santa Barbara (Big West) officially announces the addition of UTEP transfer Tatyana Modawar (6-3 SO forward, Concord, CA).
The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team has added 6-3 forward Tatyana Modawar from UTEP, the program announced on Friday.
Modawar will join the Gauchos with three years of eligibility remaining.
A native of Concord, Calif. and a product of Carondelet High School, Modawar appeared in 25 games for UTEP in her freshman campaign, averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 6.6 minutes per contest over the course of the 2019-20 season. She led the team in free-throw percentage, making 16 of her 20 attempts at the charity stripe.
Modawar also played in the Miners’ first five games of the 2020-21 season, averaging 4.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
“Tatyana brings size and skill to our frontcourt. She’s able to stretch the defense with her play around the perimete and is able to create offense from the three-point line. She’s athletic, can use her size to rebound, and can get out and play fast in our style of transition. Tatyana will make an immediate impact on our team,” said UCSB head coach Bonnie Henrickson.
New Mexico State (WAC) officially announces the addition of UNLV transfer Melanie Isbell (5-4 FR point guard, Las Vegas, NV).
The New Mexico State women’s basketball team has signed UNLV transfer Melanie Isbell, head coach Brooke Atkinson announced on Thursday.
“We are so excited to welcome Melanie to the Aggie family,” Atkinson said. “She is a proven winner and champion as she played for one of the best high school programs in the nation and made an immediate impact on the court at UNLV. Melanie is a floor general with a relentless motor who will be a great addition to our program.”
The Las Vegas, Nev., product played in 30 games for UNLV as a freshman during the 2019-20 season. She finished the year with 133 points, 57 rebounds, 21 steals and scored a career-high 13 points at Colorado State on Feb. 19.
Claire Neff (6-2 FR forward, Bel Air, MD), a midyear transfer from Clemson to James Madison, has gained eligibility at JMU from the NCAA.
“There’s a lot of things that factored into her leaving, but it just wasn’t the right fit for her,” O’Regan said. “When she hit the portal I was falling over my phone to get to it. It’s been a rocky road. The NCAA has been tough on mid-year transfers and I understand why. But it’s a unique year. It took about a month and we ended up getting her eligible. I think it’s a really perfect fit, which is what I was saying in recruiting all along.”
The NCAA granted a waiver to make the vast majority of transfers immediately eligible this season, but that didn’t apply for Neff who was enrolled at Clemson when the school year began. JMU filed an appeal, which was recently granted and Neff suited up for the first time on Saturday.
Former New Orleans player Traya Bruce (5-7 JR guard, Cut Off, LA) is transferring to Nicholls State (Southland).
“When I chose UNO, I truly was expecting to be there for my whole college duration for my education and basketball career,” Bruce said. “But sometimes, situations arrive that make you have to make a tough decision, and that it was. I just didn’t feel like I was in the right place. I have always played a certain type of basketball style, and I cannot change that. I feel like my talents weren’t being utilized and I was not assisting the team like I would have wanted to.”
Off the floor, Bruce said she also struggled with post-pandemic restrictions, which changed learning at UNO.
“My education was suffering from being moved to all virtual classes,” she said. “As many others, I am a hands on person, and with being a math major, it is important for me to be face-to-face in a classroom environment.”
UMass Lowell (America East) recently added Laura Vaida (6-3 SO forward/center, Bucharest, Romania) to their 2020-21 roster, a transfer from Loyola Marymount.
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