Women’s Basketball Transfer News, June 2023

News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.

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New Orleans transfer Hennessey Luu-Brown (5-7 JR guard, Toronto, ON) lands at Miami (OH).

Miami University head women’s basketball coach Glenn Box announced the addition of Hennessey Luu-Brown to his program. Luu-Brown will join the RedHawks’ roster for the upcoming 2023-24 campaign. 

Luu-Brown, a native of Toronto, Ontario, played with the University of New Orleans in the 2022-23 season, averaging 6.9 points per game to go along with two rebounds and two assists per contest. The 5-foot-7 guard started 18 games for the Privateers, including racking up a career-best 27 points (with 20 of those coming before halftime) during a January win over Lamar.

Luu-Brown competed for Salt Lake Community College in 2021-22, earning NJCAA All-Region First-Team recognition. She ranked third on her team in scoring (8.7 ppg) and dished out a team-best 55 assists.

Coach Box: “Hennessey provides us much-needed experience at the guard position – someone who can protect the ball and get us into offense.  We are expecting maturity and her being a solid contributor for us.”


Oakland transfer Lamariyee Williams (5-8 JR combo guard, Lansing, MI) lands at Little Rock.

Little Rock Head Women’s Basketball Coach Joe Foley announced the addition of three-year veteran Lamariyee Williams to the Trojans program Friday.

Williams, whose first name is pronounced “lah-MAHR-EE-ah”, comes to Little Rock after spending the past three seasons as a guard at Oakland, where she avergaaed 5.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocks in her three seasons, averaging 16.8 minutes per game.

“Lamariyee is a combo guard who can score by beating you off the dribble or shooting the perimeter shot,” Foley said. “She is a good athlete with playing experience at the college level and we are very excited that she will be a Trojan.”

Williams totaled 246 points, 135 rebounds, 47 assists, 35 steals and five blocks in 772 minutes for the Golden Grizzlies. She tallied a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds in her first career double-double on Mar. 1, 2022 in a 54-45 win over Wright State in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament.

She also posted a career-high four assists earlier that season against Michigan State and was credited with two blocks at Cleveland State on Jan. 30, 2021.

By joining Little Rock’s Team, Williams becomes a Trojan once again. She is a 2020 graduate of East Lansing High School and scored over 1,000 points while wearing an East Lansing Trojans jersey.

Williams is the fifth addition to Foley’s squad as the Trojans prepare to defend their Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship entering their second season as members of the OVC.


Memphis transfer Emani Jefferson (5-6 JR point guard, Miami, FL) lands at Florida Gulf Coast, their fifth D-I transfer addition. They’ve also added two juco transfers and a D-II transfer.

The eighth 2023-24 signee for the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team is senior guard Emani Jefferson (Miami, Florida/North Port High School/ University of Memphis/Wright State University), who officially transferred to FGCU.

“Emani is a very good player,” said FGCU head women’s basketball coach Karl Smesko. “She can score, rebound and defend. She is a competitor and she is aggressive. She is a great addition to our program.”  

Other new arrivals for the 2023-24 season are: senior guards Sofia Persson (Arvika, Sweden/Lulea Gymnasieskola/Eckerd College/ University of San Francisco /Odessa College), Casey Santoro (Bellevue, Ohio/Bellevue High School/Kent State University), Dolly Cairns (Saratoga Springs, New York/Saratoga Springs High School/University of Rhode Island), sophomore guard Ashley Baez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Hyde School/Chipola College), graduate forward Ajulu Thatha (Indianapolis, Indiana/Decatur Central High School/Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), redshirt senior guard Alyssa Jimenez (Thornton, Colorado/Horizon High School/ University of Nevada), and junior guard Macarena Retamales (Santiago, Chile/Liceo San Pedro Poveda High School/Florida SouthWestern State College) 

At the University of Memphis last season, Jefferson recorded her first double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. She also scored in double-figures 17 times including four double-doubles. Jefferson was the third-best scorer for the Tigers, averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the 22-11 Tigers. She played in all 33 games, logging 760 minutes on the court. Jefferson made 119 of her 160 free throw attempts (.744) and dished 74 assists — the most on the team. Memphis went 22-11 in the America Athletic Conference (AAC) and advanced to the championship game.   


Miami (FL) grad transfer Kenza Salgues (5-9 SR guard, Montpellier, France) lands at Florida.

On Monday afternoon (June 26.), Head Coach Kelly Rae Finley announced that Florida women’s basketball has added a 5-9 Guard to the 2023-24 official roster. Graduate Student, Kenza Salgues comes to the Florida Gators via the transfer portal after playing her last 4 seasons at The University of Miami (FL).

“We immediately felt a large amount of determination, Finley said. “The words that come to mind for Kenza are: confident, caring, and strong-willed. She took every opportunity to get to know us better as a program and we are excited for her to be a Gator.”

Salgues, originally from Montpellier, France was ranked the No. 20 international player of the 2018 recruiting class before coming to the United States. After joining the Hurricanes as a Freshman (2019), Salgues showed her dominance on offense scoring in 10 games for Miami during her inaugural season. Salgues also made herself known appearing in 25 of the 30 games played for the Hurricanes and leading all freshman in 3-point field goals made.

In her most recent season with the Hurricanes, Salgues helped the team reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament, before falling to the 2023 tournament champions. Her season high in scoring during the 2022-23 season was 8 against North Florida (December. 4). Salgues went 3-of-6 (50%) from the field and 2-of-5 (40%) from the three. Salgues is also known to be aggressive on the rim, grabbing one or more rebounds in over half the games played in her senior season. Overall, Salgues has had 40 NCAA appearances and has proven to be a strong contender on the court.  

“I felt like this team was a family, and they made me feel very comfortable right away,” Salgues said when reflecting on her visit. “By the end of my visit it was like I knew the team for years. My mom even looked at me and said, “I haven’t seen my daughter smile like this in a long time,” the campus just felt like home,” the transfer commented. When asked about the upcoming season Salgues stated, “I look forward to winning and making the tournament with this team. I feel like not enough people believe in us right now and I want to help change that.”

In addition to Salgues, the Gators’ also welcomed highly competitive transfers: Alexia Dizeko (South Georgia Tech) and Eriny Kindred (Texas A&M). McDonald’s All-American Laila Reynolds was also an addition to the 2023-24. The Gators’ core returners include Zippy Broughton (missed 2022-23 due to injury), Leilani Correa, Faith Dut, Ra Shaya Kyle, Aliyah Matharu (sat out 2022-23 due to transfer rules), Myka Perry, Alberte Rimdal and Jeriah Warren.


Marquette transfer Emily La Chapell (5-11 FR wing, Appleton, WI) lands at Belmont. She played in all 32 games in 2022-23, starting 20 and averaging 5.3 PPG and 3.0 RPG in 21.0 MPG.

Sophomore transfer guard Emily La Chapell will be joining the Belmont University women’s basketball program, head coach Bart Brooks announced Friday. Following an impressive debut season at BIG EAST Conference member Marquette, La Chapell will have three full seasons as a Bruin.

Starting the final 19 games of her freshman campaign, the 5-foot-11 dynamic playmaker helped lead the Golden Eagles to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2022-23.

“We are excited to welcome Emily to our family at Belmont,” spoke coach Brooks. “She is a great teammate and has been a winner at every level she has competed. Emily is an incredibly versatile and skilled player who can play multiple positions and excel from all spots on the floor. By far the best thing about Emily, though, is the quality of her character and how she will be a great representative of Belmont and our program.”

A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, La Chapell garnered BIG EAST All-Freshman Team honors last season averaging 5.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Appearing in all 32 games and making 20 starts, La Chapell scored in double figures on eight different occasions and nearly posted a double-double during a January win at DePaul with 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds. She reached a career-best 13 points twice, including scoring 13 on 2-for-4 three-point shooting in the NCAA Tournament versus eighth-seeded South Florida.


Penn grad transfer Faye Parker (6-3 SR center, Swampscott, MA) lands at Richmond.

University of Richmond Head Women’s Basketball Coach Aaron Roussell announced on Friday the addition of graduate transfer Faye Parker to the 2023-24 roster. 

“I am incredibly pumped to get to coach Faye in her final collegiate season,” Roussell said. “We vigorously recruited her five years ago before her time at Penn, and we know her best basketball days are ahead of her. Faye has played for incredible coaches, and I feel strongly that her background and playing experience in the Ivy League has prepared her to stand out within our system.”

Faye Parker
Position: Forward 
Height: 6’3″
Hometown: Swampscott, Mass.
Previous School: Penn 
High School: Tabor Academy

2022-23 (Senior)

  • Played in 20 games, starting in one
  • Averaged 4.9 minutes per game, totaling 35 rebounds, 15 points, 12 blocks, four assists, and two steals.
  • Scored a season-high five points against Princeton (3/3).
  • Had a career-high seven rebounds against Richmond (3/16) during first round of WNIT.
  • Had a season-high three blocks against Princeton (3/3) and Richmond (3/16).


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