Women’s Basketball Transfer News, March 2021

Incoming transfer #6 for Utah State (which also saw 6 players enter the portal): Manna Mensah (5-8 JR guard, Toronto, ON), also from Murray State.

Utah State head women’s basketball coach Kayla Ard announced the signing of Manna Mensah (Toronto, Canada) to the 2021-22 roster on Monday.

Mensah, a 5-foot-8 point guard, will join the Aggies as a senior who is immediately able to compete with two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Murray State. She played one season for the Racers, where she appeared in all 27 games. She finished the year shooting 40.9 percent (54-of-132) from the field, and had a season-high scoring performance of 16 points against North Alabama.

Prior to her time at Murray State, Mensah played two seasons at Grayson College, where she was a two-time all-NTJCAC first-team selection. She led the conference in scoring each year, averaging 17.6 points per game as a freshman while shooting 48.2 percent (200-of-415) from the field and also pulling down 5.7 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, Mensah ranked 28th in the NJCAA in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per contest. She shot 48.2 percent (197-of-409) from the field and 36.6 percent (108-of-136) from outside the arc, while grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game. Mensah finished her career at Grayson with 1,064 points and 352 rebounds, averaging 17.7 points and 5.9 boards per game.


Utah State (Mountain West) announces its fifth transfer addition: Laci Hawthorne (6-0 SR forward, Fort Worth, TX), a grad transfer from Murray State.

Utah State head women’s basketball coach Kayla Ard announced the signing of Laci Hawthorne (Fort Worth, Texas) to the 2021-22 roster on Monday.

Hawthorne, a 6-foot forward, will join the Aggies as a graduate transfer who is immediately eligible to play with one year of eligibility remaining after transferring from Murray State. She played two seasons for the Racers, where she played in all 54 games including 51 starts. As a junior in 2019-20, Hawthorne was named to the all-OVC Newcomer Team after finishing second in the conference with 9.3 rebounds per game. She also led the team with 25 blocks and averaged 10.1 points per contest.

Last season at Murray State, Hawthorne ranked second on the squad in rebounding, averaging 5.9 boards per game, while also scoring 7.3 points per outing. She shot an efficient 54.9 percent (68-of-148) from the field, second-best on the team, while starting all but two contests for the Racers.

“Laci brings a lot of maturity to our program that will benefit us greatly throughout the season,” Ard said. “She is a worker and knows what it takes to be successful. Her athletic ability and the way she rebounds the ball will fit so well in our system, and help elevate us to another level. We’re very excited that she chose to spend her final season with us at Utah State.”


West Virginia officially announces the addition of Xavier grad transfer A’riana Gray (6-0 SR forward, Cleveland, OH).

West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey has announced that graduate transfer A’riana “Ari” Gray will join the Mountaineers for the 2021-22 season. She comes to Morgantown after spending the last four seasons at Xavier (2017-21).

“I am thrilled that Ari is joining our program. Her athleticism, skillset and aggressive style of play fits us perfectly. Ari can play multiple positions, and I look forward to coaching her.” – WVU coach Mike Carey

“I chose WVU because I knew this would be the program that would help take my game to the next level. I love the up-tempo style of play, and I know I will be pushed every day by the coaches. Because of this, my game will be elevated, and I am excited to get ready for our team to be in the Big Dance again next year!” – A’riana Gray


Dor Saar (5-6 SR point guard, Ma’anit, Israel) has entered her name into the portal as a grad transfer out of Maine. She was selected first-team America East All-Conference for the 2020-21 season.

University of Maine women’s basketball senior guard Dor Saar will enter the transfer portal as she plans to explore her additional year of eligibility, offered by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a graduate transfer.

“After much time and consideration, as well as council with both my family and my coaches, I have decided to enter the transfer portal,” said Saar. “In my four years here, I never thought about playing anywhere else other than UMaine because this program is so special. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to play in Maine and to represent not only the school but the state. With the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have decided to use my fifth year to try and play in a different conference. This four-year experience has been an amazing one for me. Thank you Black Bear Nation for your endless support during my time. I could not have asked for a better program or community to have been a part of during my journey. Forever a Black Bear.”

Saar, a three-time America East All-Conference selection, leaves Maine as the program’s top three-point shooter after knocking down 235 triples during her time in Orono. Saar ranks second on Maine’s all-time assists list (507) and is the only player in program history to eclipse 1,000 points and 500 assists in a career. Saar, who ranks 21st on Maine’s all-time scoring list with 1,069 points, averaged 9.1 points and 4.3 assists over her 117 games with the Black Bears.


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