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.
Azusa Pacific (D-II) officially announces the addition of Delaware transfer Kayla Shaw (5-10 RS JR guard, Scottsdale, AZ).
Shaw, a native of Phoenix, will have one season of eligibility at Azusa Pacific after she spent her first two collegiate seasons at Division I Monmouth University in New Jersey, before transferring to Division I Delaware for the past two years. “Kayla is a big time scorer,” said Coach Hardeman, “She can put up points in a variety of ways. Kayla has the desire to win both a conference and national championship, and she brings an outstanding competitive intensity and will not be outworked. Her positive vibes and effort will be contagious.”
Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson (6-2 JR center, Dallas, TX) has landed at Eastern Kentucky (OVC).
Johnson, a 6-foot-2 center from Dallas, Texas, has played for the Bobcats the last three years.
As a junior, Johnson appeared in 29 of the teams 30 games, while averaging 7.2 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field. Johnson scored a season-high 18 points, on 9-for-11 shooting, and grabbed four rebounds in the team’s 67-59 win over Alcorn State. Johnson scored double-digits in eight games.
Oregon officially announced the addition of Maryland transfer Taylor Mikesell (5-11 SO guard, Massillon, OH).
Mikesell comes to Oregon after spending the previous two seasons at Maryland, where she averaged 12.3 points per game and shot 41.8 percent from three-point range while starting 66 straight games for the Terrapins. The Massillon, Ohio, native was the Big Ten freshman of the year and an all-Big-Ten second-team selection by the league’s coaches in 2018-19 before earning all-Big-Ten honorable mention status in 2019-20.
Mikesell is entering her junior season and will submit a petition to play for the Ducks immediately in 2020-21 due to NCAA transfer rules. She will have two years of eligibility remaining at Oregon.
“We are thrilled to be able to add a player of Taylor’s caliber,” said Graves. “She is a proven winner and one of the very best pure shooters in the nation, and she’ll add another veteran presence to our young team. Taylor is a tremendous fit for our program and I can’t wait to get her to Eugene.”
Grand Canyon (WAC) announces the addition of Youngstown State transfer Ny’Dajah Jackson (5-5 RS JR guard, Oakland, CA). She started her college career at Providence.
“Ny’Dajah will bring so much valuable experience to our team,” said head coach Molly Miller. “She is a gym rat, a hard worker, and a dynamic guard that can really help us at any position on the perimeter. She loves the defensive side of the ball, which will raise our level of play on that end. Her work ethic in the classroom, evident by graduating magna cum laude this year, is matched by her efforts on the court. This is another wonderful person, great student, and talented athlete we are adding to the GCU Lopes family! Welcome Nana!”
The Oakland, California, native started in 14 of 30 games last season at Youngstown State, where she averaged 7.4 points, 2.9 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 25.5 minutes per game. The 5-foot-5 guard recorded double-figure scoring in 11 games last season, including a 23-point game at Oakland in which she scored the final seven points of the Penguins’ win. She also caught fire for 14 second-half points in a comeback win against Eastern Kentucky.
Jackson finished her undergraduate degree in business administration with magna cum laude honors and a 3.65 GPA.
Gabby Nikitinaite (5-11 JR guard, Orpington, England) is transferring from Northern Illinois to George Washington (A-10).
Nikitinaite spent the previous three seasons at NIU, appearing in 90 games with 37 career starts. Per current NCAA transfer rules, she will take a year in residence in 2020-21 and have one year of eligibility remaining in 2021-22.
“We are so excited about welcoming Gabby to our Colonial family,” Rizzotti said. “She is a veteran guard who can impact the game in so many ways. We love that she has a lot of college experience and after scoring over 700 points at NIU, she is a proven scorer at the college level. She has great size for a guard and is an excellent passer, so she will fit in really well with how we want to play. We look forward to being a part of her journey, helping her develop in her final season and welcoming her to Washington, D.C.”
Winthrop grad transfer Uchechi Ufochukwu (6-4 RS JR center, Benin City, Nigeria) has landed at Bradley (MVC),
Bradley Women’s Basketball will have a total of five newcomers on the 2020-21 roster with fifth-year head coach Andrea Gorski announcing the addition of Winthrop transfer Uchechi Ufochukwu (Benin City, Nigeria/Archbishop Carroll H.S. [Washington D.C.]/Winthrop).
A fifth-year transfer, the 6-4 Ufochukwu has one year of eligibility remaining and will be the tallest player on a Bradley roster since Dena Williams wrapped up her career in 2004-05.
“Uchechi will add size and physicality to our roster along with leadership and competitiveness,” said Gorski. “She is a perfect complement to our team in both character and work ethic and she is looking to make a big impact in her final year of college basketball.”
Taylor Clos (5-5 SO point guard, Alexandria, KY) is transferring from Northern Kentucky to Thomas More (NAIA).