Women’s Basketball Transfer News, June 2020

News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order. See also: Women’s Basketball Transfers: Fall 2019–Summer 2020.

Former Mississippi Valley State player Sydnie Ward (5-7 SO guard, Atlanta, GA) has landed at Cumberland (NAIA).

Ward attended NCAA Division I Mississippi Valley State University for two seasons. She appeared in all 30 games her freshman season averaging 7.2 points per game while shooting 32% from the field. Her sophomore year she played in 27 games averaging 18 minutes per game.


Florida announces the addition of Miami (FL) transfer Yasmeen Chang (5-9 FR combo guard, Naples, FL).

Chang, a 5-foot-9 combo guard, spent her first season of eligibility at the University of Miami. Under NCAA transfer rules, Chang will sit out the 2020-21 season and have three years of eligibility to compete with the Gators.

Newbauer on Chang
“We are excited for Yasmeen and her family to join Gator Nation! Yas’s athleticism and skill set coupled with her drive and determination are a great addition to our program. Her character and work ethic will have a positive impact on and off the court from day one.”


Former Florida Atlantic player Abby Voss (6-0 SO forward, Milford, OH) has landed at Western Michigan (MAC).

The Western Michigan women’s basketball program and head coach Shane Clipfell announced the addition of Florida Atlantic transfer Abby Voss on Tuesday. Voss will sit out the 2020-21 season before having two years of eligibility remaining.

“Abby is a terrific addition to our university. We knew her in high school and we love what she brings to the table,” said Clipfell. “She is a tremendous worker both on and off the court and that is what we value most. She will also bring both toughness and versatility to the court, there is no question that Bronco fans will love the way she plays.”

In two seasons at Florida Atlantic Voss played in 54 games, starting 10 and averaged 4.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent from the field. Last season Voss played in 24 games and averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.


Deasia Merrill (6-1 FR forward, Villa Rica, GA) is transferring from Kentucky. She sat out the 2019-20 season with a knee injury. Ranked #62 in the 2019 class by espnW, Merrill had picked the Wildcats over Duke, Pitt, Miami (FL), NC State, Rutgers, St. John’s, Virginia, Ole Miss, and Georgia Tech.


Stephanie Watts (5-11 GR guard, Wesley Chapel, NC) is transferring back to North Carolina for her final year of eligibility after an injury-shortened year at Southern Cal.

Watts, a 5-11 guard and three-year starter for Carolina, completed her undergraduate degree at UNC in May of 2019. Because she redshirted the 2017-18 season due to injury, she had one year of eligibility remaining. She spent last year at Southern California as a graduate student, but saw her season ended by knee surgery after just four games. Now healthy and granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA, she’ll be back in Carmichael Arena this fall.

“Due to an injury this past season I was given back a year of eligibility,” Watts said. “While the injury was disappointing, I like to believe that everything happens for a reason. When thinking about my last season of college basketball coming up, it just didn’t feel right spending it anywhere other than my alma mater. With that being said, I am overjoyed to announce I will be coming home to play my final season at UNC.”

Watts, from Wesley Chapel, N.C., was the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year after averaging 14.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and setting a UNC freshman record for three-pointers made with 76. She continued that success as a sophomore, starting every game and setting an ACC record for three-pointers in a game with 10 in a 39-point performance against Charleston Southern. She missed the 2017-18 season due to injury and returned to the court in 2018-19, again leading the team in threes and passing the 1,000-career-points mark.

After completing her bachelor’s degree in public policy, she went to USC as a graduate transfer. There she played in the Trojans’ first four games, starting two, before being sidelined by a knee injury that required surgery. She will complete her master’s degree in entrepreneurship and innovation from USC in August and will pursue additional graduate work at UNC.


UCF (AAC) announces the signing of Liberty transfer Asia Todd (5-9 FR shooting guard, Clayton, NC).

A native of Clayton, N.C., Todd was the all-time leading scorer at Clayton High School with more than 2,000 career points. A two-time 3A Greater Neuse River Conference Player of the Year, she averaged 24 points per game her senior season. As a junior, she set a Clayton High single-game record of 53 points and averaged 29 points per game on the season.

She joins the Knights after one season at Liberty, starting 25 games during her rookie campaign. She was the team’s top three-point shooter, hitting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc, and was the fourth-leading scorer with 8.6 points per game. Liberty’s first-ever ASUN All-Freshman Team honoree, she was also named to the ASUN All-Tournament team after averaging 18.0 PPG for the championship.

Todd joins the freshman trio of Colleen Bucknor, Maniya Custis and Ashton Verhulst, who all inked national letters of intent in November, along with Syracuse transfer Alisha Lewis, who signed in early June, as UCF’s talented 2019-20 signing class.


Wagner grad transfer Morgan Lenahan (5-11 RS JR guard, Haddonfield, NJ) has landed at Midwestern State (D-II).

Morgan Lenahan established herself as a consistent threat from deep during her time at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. Now, the New Jersey native joins a Midwestern State program hoping her success at the Division I level translates to the Lone Star Conference.

“Morgan is a very experienced guard,” MSU Texas coach Christopher Reay said. “She can shoot with range from the perimeter. She is great in pick and roll situations.”

Lenahan averaged 3.0 points and 2.9 assists per game as a junior after missing the 2018-2019 season due to injury. As a redshirt freshman in 2017-2018, the 5-11 guard averaged 9.5 points per game and made a team-high 54 3-pointers.

“As a grad transfer, we are excited about her leadership and welcome her to the Mustang family,” Reay said.


East Carolina (AAC) announces the addition of former Charlotte player Maddie Moore (6-3 SO forward, High Point, NC).

“We are extremely excited to add Maddie to our family,” said head coach Kim McNeill. “We’ve known Maddie since she was in high school. She is very skilled and can score in a variety of ways. Her athleticism and mobility allows her to fit into our defensive system perfectly.”

Moore arrives in Greenville after two seasons with Charlotte. The 6-foot-3 forward appeared in 43 games for the 49ers, making one start. She averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 9.6 minutes of action. She scored a career-high 10 points to go along with seven rebounds in her lone college start against Middle Tennessee. She pulled down a career-best nine boards against Old Dominion and has blocked 14 shots in her career.


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