News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Central Connecticut transfer Brooke Lechleitner (5-11 FR shooting guard/wing, Conrath, WI) lands at Texas A&M–Kingsville (D-II).
Texas A&M-Kingsville women’s basketball program has added one of its last pieces ahead of the 2023-24 season with the signing of transfer Brooke Lechleitner from Central Connecticut State. A native of Holcombe, Wisconsin, Lechleitner was a standout recording 1,319 career points in high school while being a finalist for the Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Year. The 5-foot-11 guard/forward was also named to the Chippewa Valley All Area-First Team and Rusk County All Area-First Team all four years she competed. In her senior season, Lechleitner led all of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association in blocks per game.
“We are excited to welcome Brooke and her family to the Blue and Gold,” said head coach Michael Madrid on the new signing. “Her versatility will be noticed in multiple ways on both ends of the floor. She has experience at the collegiate level and will provide depth and competition to our program immediately. We look forward to watching her growth on and off the floor.”
Lechleitner joins the Javelinas after spending her freshman year with the Blue Devils last season where she appeared in nine games.
UT Arlington transfer Kamaria Gipson (6-3 JR center, Beeville, TX) lands at South Alabama. She spent her first two collegiate years at San Diego State.
South Alabama Women’s Basketball Head Coach Yolisha Jackson announced Monday the addition of transfer Kamaria Gipson to the Jaguar roster, who comes to Mobile after one year at UT Arlington and two at San Diego State.
Gipson, a forward from Beeville, Texas, averaged 4.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game during the 2022-23 season. She started 12 games in 31 appearances as a junior and shot a team-best and career-high .560 from the field. Gipson totaled six games with 10+ points and scored a career-high 14 points vs. Tarleton. The junior had two double-doubles on the season (12 points, 12 rebounds and 13 points, 10 rebounds), and ended the season starting nine games in a row.
In her sophomore season at San Diego State, Gipson averaged 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, while shooting .456 from the field. She made 18 starts in 28 appearances and led the team with 19 blocks. She totaled a season-high 12 points against UC Irvine, her only double-digit game of the season.
As a freshman, Gipson averaged 4.0 points and 5.3 rebounds and shot .481 from the field. She appeared in 22 games as a freshman for the Aztecs, starting 12. She led the team with 12 blocks and had two double-figure appearances. She recorded her first career double-double against Colorado State, totaling 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Buffalo transfer Emerita Mashaire (6-0 SO wing, Helsinki, Finland) lands at Pepperdine. She spent her freshman season at Cincinnati.
The Pepperdine women’s basketball team added Emerita Mashaire, a junior wing transfer from Buffalo with several years of experience playing for Finland’s national teams, to the 2023-24 roster on Thursday.
Mashaire is one of nine newcomers and six Division I transfers on Pepperdine’s roster under the direction of first-year head coach Tim Hays.
In her lone season at Buffalo this past season, Mashaire started in all 28 games and averaged 4.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.2 minutes per game. She finished in double-figure scoring twice — including scoring a season-best 16 points against Bowling Green on Feb. 25.
Prior to Buffalo, Mashaire signed with Cincinnati as a true freshman in 2020-21, in which she played in 24 games and made three starts for the Bearcats. She scored a career-high 19 points against Tulane and, while playing in her last game for the Bearcats, finished with nine points, three steals, and two assists in 27 minutes against Houston in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Her single-game career highs include 19 points (2/13/22 vs. Tulane), eight rebounds (1/11/23 vs. Ohio), five assists (2/25/23 vs. Bowling Green) and four steals (1/11/23 vs. Ohio).
Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Mashaire has several years of experience playing for the Finnish U15, U16, U18 and U20 national teams. She helped Finland win a European Championship Division B Gold Medal, plus she won Finnish Championship bronze medals with her U18 and U20 teams. Additionally, while playing for HBA Marksy, she helped her team win a World School Championship gold medal.
Mashaire is the first Finnish-born player in Pepperdine women’s basketball history.
A fourth newcomer is joining the Omaha women’s basketball team as senior Liz Martino joins the squad after one season at Jackson State and two at Rutgers.
From Lanham, Maryland, Martino began her collegiate career at Rutgers in 2020. In two seasons with the Scarlet Knights she appeared in 33 games and shot .339 3-from behind the arc. She also pulled down 28 rebounds and recorded 26 steals.
After transferring to Jackson State ahead of the 2022-23 season, Martino appeared in 30 games, starting 19. She shot 42-for-55 (.764) from the line, tying her for third on the team, and was top five in total points with 213. Meanwhile, her 43 steals led the whole team and she had six games with at least three steals. . . .
“I am really excited to add Liz to the Maverick family,” exclaimed Head Coach Carrie Banks. “First and foremost, I think she is a great person. On the court, she is a versatile guard that the can score in a variety of ways and really fits what we do.”
Texas A&M women’s basketball head coach Joni Taylor announced the addition of three-time All-Pac-12 standout Endyia Rogers on Saturday.
“Endyia is one of the most efficient scoring guards in the country and we are thrilled to welcome her to Aggieland,” Taylor said. “She had the opportunity to enter the WNBA Draft last year but chose to spend her last year of eligibility with us. Endyia’s impact will be felt immediately as a premier point guard. We can’t wait for the 12th Man to meet her.”
The graduate transfer ranks as the No. 5-ranked transfer by ESPN.com. The Dallas native spent the last two years at Oregon and the first two years of her collegiate career at USC. Throughout her four years, Rogers amassed over 1,600 points, averaging 14.6 points per contest and making 111 starts.
Rogers has scored 30-or-more points on five occasions and poured in a career-high 35 points against No. 7 Utah (Feb. 5, 2023) while going 16-of-28 from the field and dishing out five assists. She became just the second player in Division I since the 2009-10 season the record at least 30 points, five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, six assists and zero turnovers when she accomplished the feat against Oregon State (Dec. 11, 2022) last year.
The 5-7 guard has scored over 13.0 points per game every year of her career and has started all but one contest. She upped her shooting percentage from the floor every season and last year posted a career-high 45.3% from the field and 38.7% from deep. Rogers also led her team in assists last year with 3.9 per contest.
Rogers has been named All-Pac-12 three-consecutive years and was All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention her freshman season.
Texas A&M women’s basketball head coach Joni Taylor announced the signing of two-time All-SEC guard Aicha Coulibaly on Friday.
“We are incredibly excited that Aicha chose to be a part of our Aggie Family,” Taylor said. “The passion that she displays on the court is going to electrify Reed Arena. She has been one of the best two-way players in the SEC. Her experience and talent will have an immediate impact on our team.”
Coulibaly is the No. 22-ranked transfer prospect, according to ESPN.com. The 6-0 guard played the first three years of her career at Auburn where she garnered two All-SEC Second Team selections (2022, 2023). During the Mali, Africa, native’s two All-SEC seasons, she posted 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and shot 42.6% from the field.
The incoming senior scored a career-high 31 points while going 12-of-20 from the field against Ole Miss last year. Coulibaly has registered 52 double-digit scoring games and posted 16 outings with 20-or-more points throughout her career. She has also turned in nine double-doubles during her time at Auburn.
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