News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz has announced the addition of transfer guard Eylia Love on Wednesday. Love will be eligible to play starting in the 2023-24 season and will have two years of eligibility.
Love began her collegiate career at Georgia Tech and has played the last three seasons with the Yellow Jackets. This season for Georgia Tech, Love played in 13 games and made eight starts. She put up a season-high 12 points in a road win over Auburn.
During the 2021-22 season for the Yellow Jackets, Love played all 32 games and made 31 starts. She averaged 10.5 points per game, which ranked third on the team. Love shot 41.7 percent (129-309) from the field and 40.4 percent (23-57) from three-point range while averaging 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists during her sophomore season. She had 16 games with double-figure scoring numbers, including seven with 15-plus points. She scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting in a home win over Clemson. Following the season, Love was named to the 2021-22 All-ACC Academic Team.
Toledo officially announces the addition of Kansas transfer Bella Swedlund (5-8 FR shooting guard, Winner, SD).
Head Coach Tricia Cullop announced the addition of guard Bella Swedlund to the University of Toledo Women’s Basketball program on Tuesday.
A native of Winner, S.D., Swedlund is a transfer student from Kansas. She will join the Rockets for the 2023-24 season and have four years of eligibility remaining.
“We originally recruited Bella out of high school and we are thrilled she’s now a Rocket,” Cullop said. “Offensively, she will bring an amazing scoring ability at all three levels, as well as terrific court vision. She hails from a very successful high school program and is a proven winner. Her skill set aligns well with our style of play and she’s a perfect fit with the high- character people and strong students already on our roster.”
Swedlund joined the Kansas women’s basketball program this season, but did not appear in a game for the Jayhawks. She was a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com and the No. 25-ranked point guard in the class of 2022. Swedlund concluded her high school career with 2,256 career points, which ranks 14th all-time in South Dakota high school girls’ basketball history. She helped lead Winner High School to five conference championships, three regional championships, and a 2019 Class A State Championship.
The NCAA Division I Council voted unanimously to narrow the criteria for approval of waiver requests for immediate eligibility for second-time transfers, agreeing that “athletics reasons (lack of playing time, position presence) and academic preferences should not warrant waiver relief.”
The Council voted unanimously to update guidelines for the waiver process for undergraduate student-athletes who are transferring for a second time.
Each waiver request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but moving forward, student-athletes must meet one of the following criteria to be granted a waiver to compete immediately:
- A demonstrated physical injury or illness or mental health condition that necessitated the student’s transfer (supporting documentation, care plans and proximity of the student’s support system will be considered), or
- Exigent circumstances that clearly necessitate a student-athlete’s immediate departure from the previous school (e.g., physical assault or abuse, sexual assault) unrelated to the student-athlete’s athletics participation.
All other guidelines will no longer be used for waiver requests to compete during championship seasons that first occur in 2023-24.
The Council agreed that athletics reasons (lack of playing time, position presence) and academic preferences should not warrant waiver relief.
The Council directed the Transfer Advisory Group to recommend changes to the transfer waiver process to manage situations that fall outside these guidelines.
For transfer student-athletes expected to meet the requirements for a limited transfer exception (discontinued sport, or non-scholarship exception) the Council voted to allow student-athletes to enter the Transfer Portal at any time instead of requiring them to use their respective sport’s transfer window.
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