News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Utah Valley grad transfer Josie Williams (6-5 SR center, West Haven, UT) has landed at Louisville. She was named first-team All-WAC the last two seasons. For the 2021-22 season, she averaged 17.3 PPG and 12.4 RPG.
Josie Williams, a graduate transfer from West Haven, Utah who played the last four seasons at Utah Valley State, has signed a financial aid agreement to continue her collegiate basketball and academic career at the University of Louisville, head coach Jeff Walz announced.
A two-time All-Western Athletic Conference first-team performer, Williams led Utah Valley State with 17.3 points and 12.4 rebounds per game as a senior in 2021-22 when she led the WAC and ranked fifth in the country in rebounding. The 6-foot-5 center set a single-season school record with 24 double-doubles, which was tied for fourth in the country. She finished seventh nationally in offensive rebounds per game at 4.4 and 12th in defensive rebounds per game at 8.0.
“We are thrilled to add Josie to our Cardinal family,” Walz said. “She brings experience and depth to our front court. We are excited to get her on campus as soon as we can.”
As a junior in 2020-21, Williams averaged team-highs of 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor to earn first team all-conference accolades. She scored in double figures in 16 of 20 games and became the program’s first player to be named to the WAC’s All-Tournament Team.
The 2021-22 campaign was a standout season for Williams, scoring in double figures in all 30 games and registering double-doubles in 12 of the final 13 games of the season. An Academic All-WAC selection, Williams tallied a career-high 31 points on 12-for-16 shooting at California Baptist. Williams set career-highs of 19 rebounds on two occasions, in win over Portland State and in a victory over Dixie State.
Bryant grad transfer Shannon O’Connor (5-11 RS SO guard, Wrentham, MA) has landed at Binghamton.
The Binghamton women’s basketball program has announced the signing of Shannon O’Connor, a 5-11 forward who recently graduated from Bryant University. She will join the Bearcats for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
“We are excited about the addition of Shannon to our Bearcat family,” head coach Bethann Shapiro Ord said. “Shannon’s a versatile player who will be able to play multiple positions for us. She will bring experience and leadership on and off the court.”
In three seasons at Bryant, O’Connor appeared in 56 games, including 47 the past two years. She was named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Rookie of the Week on Nov. 30, 2020 and scored a career-high 17 points against Wagner on Jan. 6, 2022. In her final season with the Bulldogs (2021-22), O’Connor was chosen as a team captain.
In the classroom, O’Connor graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bryant in just three years. She received the Commencement Award of Political Science and served as the Vice President of the Bryant Law Society.
Florida Gulf Coast officially announces the addition of Montana grad transfer Sophia Stiles (5-9 RS SR point guard, Malta, MT).
Former University of Montana standout and a two-time Gatorade Montana Player of the Year Sophia Stiles (Malta, Montana/Malta HS/Montana) has joined the nationally ranked FGCU women’s basketball team as announced by head coach Karl Smesko today. Stiles was an All-Big Sky Conference selection in 2021-22 and a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference honoree during her five years with the Lady Griz.
“Sophia is a great addition to our team and will excel in our fast-paced, wide-open style,” said Smesko. “Sophia takes pride in her defense, and she rebounds the ball well. She is very good at creating shots for teammates, and she makes great decisions with the ball.”
For her career at Montana, the 5-foot-9 guard started 84 of 103 games played averaging 9.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. She missed the final nine games of her freshman campaign in 2017-18 with an injury and redshirted the 2018-19 campaign.
As a senior in 2021-22, Stiles averaged a career-best 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 30 games with 29 starts. She ranked first in the Big Sky with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio and was fourth in assists. She scored a season-high 29 points in a road win at Sacramento State while also having 27 in a win over Idaho. She had three double-doubles on the year, six games with 10-or-more rebounds, and a season-high 11 assists against Sacramento State. In a win over Utah State, Stiles scored 19 points going 7-of-8 from the floor including 4-of-4 beyond the arc.
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