Another Utah State transfer addition announced: former Northern Colorado player Olivia Wikstrom (6-1 FR guard, Bainbridge Island, WA).
Utah State head women’s basketball coach Kayla Ard announced the signing of Olivia Wikstrom (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) to the 2021-22 roster on Wednesday.
Wikstrom, a 6-foot-1 guard, will join the team as a sophomore who is immediately eligible to compete after transferring from Northern Colorado. She played for the Bears during her freshman season in 2020-21. Last year, Wikstrom played all 26 contests while making two starts. She went for a season-high 17 points on Dec. 4 against Abilene Christian, while bringing down a season-high seven boards at Sacramento State on Feb. 11. On the year, she shot 39.6 percent (36-of-91) from the field.
“Olivia fits our offensive system so well,” Ard said. “She is a score-first guard who is over six-feet tall and who plays extremely hard. She has no fear in her game, and we are very excited about her future here at Utah State.”
Utah State (Mountain West) announces the addition of Adryana Quezada (5-10 SO wing, Frisco, TX), a transfer from UTSA.
Utah State head women’s basketball coach Kayla Ard announced the signing of Adryana Quezada (Frisco, Texas) to the 2021-22 roster on Tuesday.
Quezada, a 5-foot-10 guard/forward, will join the team as a junior who is immediately eligible to compete after transferring from UTSA. She played for the Roadrunners for two seasons (2019-21). As a sophomore in the 2020-21 season, Quezada led the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.3 points and 10.0 boards per game, before having her season cut short just six games in due to injury. She also led the squad in both field goal and free throw percentage, shooting 51.9 percent (40-of-77) from the field and 80.0 percent (12-of-15) at the charity stripe. As a freshman in 2019-20, Quezada made 16 starts while appearing in 23 contests, and averaged 13.4 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds per outing.
“We are so excited to be adding AD to our squad,” Ard said. “She embodies everything we are looking for in our players – work ethic, positive attitude and toughness. She believes in our vision for Utah State women’s basketball and has great instincts for scoring the ball which will help us reach our goals. Our program just got better!”
“I thought ASU was a great place,” Basallo said. “The coaching staff seemed very caring to me. They were all in on me, and I was all in on them. It was a big decision for me. They want to elevate my game, which is what I want.”
She also considered Clemson and Kansas State. Her knee surgery was Jan. 26, and she hopes to be cleared to play at the start of next season.
Eastern Kentucky (OVC) officially announces the addition of Naira Caceres (6-1 RS SR wing, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain), a grad transfer from Butler.
Caceres is a 6-1 guard/forward from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain and has been a member of the Butler University women’s basketball team since the 2017-18 season. Prior to Butler, Caceres played her freshman season at the University of Maine.
“EKU is the perfect place for me to finish my college career,” Caceres said. “I really like the coaching staff and the amazing chemistry the team has. I am beyond excited to start competing every day and help the team win as many games as possible during the next season.”
Caceres opted out of the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 concerns. During the 2019-20 season for Butler she appeared in all 30 games and made nine starts. She held averages of 6.1 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game on the season in 22.4 minutes per game.
“I’m excited to add Naira to our team. She is a player with great experience and versatility,” head coach Samantha Williams said. “She comes from the Big East, which is one of the best conferences in the country. Her ability to play both outside and inside is a great addition to our team. What’s even more impressive, is that Naira wants to get to campus as soon as possible to start building relationships with her teammates. Her impact will be felt both on and off the court. She’s a team-first player.”