News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Roberts Wesleyan (NY / D-II) grad transfer Paige McCormick has landed at Merrimack (NEC).
“Merrimack called me and said they had a scholarship open,” McCormick said. “So I head down there next week for the final weeks of the summer session to get acquainted with the school and the coaches. It was a great opportunity for me.”
And it got even better.
“In talking to the coach, I was told that they wanted me to get my master’s degree and come back to Merrimack as a coach the following season. I am so excited.”
McCormick, who earned a degree in public health at Roberts Wesleyan, plans to get her master’s degree in community health at Merrimack.
“It really worked well. I will get to play another year and I will get a degree in community, health which I have always been interested in. This also gives me another career option along with coaching.”
Cincinnati transfer Milan Schimmel (5-8 JR guard, Mission, OR) has landed at Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN). The Eagles’ 2021-22 roster now includes 10 players who transferred in from another D-I program (and no freshmen).
FGCU women’s basketball head coach Karl Smesko has announced the addition of Milan Schimmel to the 2021-22 roster. The 5-8 guard played at the University of Cincinnati last year and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Schimmel started 12 of 14 games played last year, averaging 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest. She saved her best for the postseason, posting 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against Memphis in the first round of the American Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament. Overall, she shot .462 from 3-point range for the season.
“Milan is a talented and versatile player,” Smesko said. “She is a great shooter, has really good court vision and rebounds very well for her position. She fits in very well with our style of play.”
Delaware (CAA) has added two transfers for 2021-22:
- Maddie Sims, 6-2 GR forward, Mount Laurel, NJ (grad xfer) / UMass
- Makayla Pippin, 6-1 JR guard/forward, Indianapolis, IN / Kansas State
Pippin was originally slated to transfer to UTEP.
Delaware Women’s Basketball Head Coach Natasha Adair announced the addition of Maddie Sims and Makayla Pippin to the Blue Hens roster for the 2021-22 season.
Sims joins the Blue Hens as a grad transfer. She arrives at UD after playing last season at UMass. A native of Mount Laurel, N.J., Sims started 15 games averaging 28.2 a contest. She averaged 7.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. Sims led the Minutewomen in blocked shots with 20. The forward also played three seasons at Siena.
“Maddie comes to us with tons of experience. She’s a veteran leader, competitor, winner and a hard worker,” added Adair. “Her presence inside will add depth as well as size. Maddie has a high basketball IQ and fits well into our system. Her versatility to play inside and out will help continue our dominance at the post position.”
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Pippin appeared in six games last season for Kansas State. Prior to Kansas State, Pippin played two seasons at Central Arizona College. Rated as the 15th junior college player in the nation by Girls Basketball Report during the 2019-20 season, Pippin finished the year as a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Basketball Third-Team All-American. In 58 games with 54 starts Pippin averaged 16.8 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game, 2.9 assists per game, and 1.7 steals per game (100 steals).
“Makayla adds size, scoring and toughness to our team,” Adair said. “She a big guard/forward that can flat out score the ball at all three levels. Makayla is a competitor and is driven by her will to win. She is also a relentless rebounder who will transition right into the nation’s number one offensive rebounding team.”
Stony Brook transfer Asiah Dingle (5-4 JR point guard, Boston, MA) has landed at Fordham (A-10). She started her college career at Kent State.
Fordham women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Gaitley has announced the addition of senior transfer guard Asiah Dingle this Summer for the upcoming 2021-22 campaign. Dingle most recently played at Stony Brook and is eligible to play right away for the Rams.
“We are so excited that Asiah will be a Ram,” Gaitley said, “We played her in the first game of last season at Stony Brook and when her named surfaced in the transfer portal we focused on her right away. She has the ability to be an outstanding two-way player. She adds great depth to our guard rotation and will be a valuable addition to our team!”
Dingle, a Boston native, spent her first two years at Kent State before transferring to the Seawolves as a junior. In last season’s opener, at Stony Brook, Dingle produced 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks over 37 minutes in a four-point loss to Fordham. Dingle earned Second Team All-America East honors and helped Stony Brook to its first-ever conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance where the Seawolves played eventual national runner-up Arizona in the opening round; Dingle scored a team-high 14 points against the Wildcats.
Arkansas–Pine Bluff (SWAC) announces two transfer additions:
- Bryana Langford, 5-9 JR guard, Baton Rouge, LA / Southeastern Louisiana
- Shekinah Rachel, 6-2 SO forward, Miami, FL / Jacksonville
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff women’s basketball team completed its roster for the 2021-22 season recently with head coach Dawn Thornton adding a talented recruiting class, guard Bryana Langford forward Shekinah Rachel.
Ohio transfer Edecia Beck (5-9 JR forward, Grand Rapids, MI) has landed at Wright State (Horizon).
Wright State women’s basketball head coach Kari Hoffman announced the transfer of Edecia “Deesh” Beck to attend Wright State Univeristy, Thursday afternoon to join the Raider program beginning in August.
Beck, a 5’9″ forward, comes to Wright State after spending three seasons at nearby Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
“We are very excited to Edecia to our team,” Hoffman said. “She brings physicality and grit, and will add depth to our team in the right way. We are very thankful it has worked out for her to join us here at Wright State.”
During her freshman season, the Grand Rapids, Michigan native appeared in 35 games, averaging 12.3 minutes per contest and adding 3.2 points per game. The 2019-20 season saw Beck appear in 30 games, averaging 15.4 minutes and 3.3 points per game, including a career-best 12 points at Central Michigan.