News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Iowa State officially announces the addition of South Florida transfer Beatriz Jordao (6-3 JR center, Pombal, Portugal).
“We are excited to add Beatriz to our Iowa State family,” Fennelly said. “She will add needed post depth and experience and maturity to our young roster. Beatriz is an outstanding person and I know she will add a great deal on and off the court.”
Jordao, who hails from Pombal, Portugal, competed for three seasons with South Florida. Jordao has appeared in 63 games with the Bulls, averaging 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field. Jordao had a strong start to her freshman campaign with the Bulls averaging 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and shooting 64.8 percent from the field before suffering a season-ending injury 12 games into the season.
She has also competed in numerous FIBA events for her home country of Portugal, averaging 7.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists in FIBA events. Jordao most recently competed in the 2019 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship where she averaged 6.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists.
Jordao will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Tennessee State grad transfer Jaden Wrightsell (5-10 SR forward, Omaha, NE) has landed at High Point (Big South).
High Point University women’s basketball head coach Chelsea Banbury announced the addition of forward Jaden Wrightsell as a graduate transfer from Tennessee State for the 2021-22 season on Friday (May 14).
Wrightsell played in 96 games over four years at Tennessee State, making 87 starts for the Tigers. She scored a total of 760 points for an average of 7.9 points per game. Her last two years were her best as she averaged over 10.0 PPG in her junior and senior seasons. Wrightsell led the Tigers in rebounding each of the last two seasons and finished with a total of 627 boards for an average of 6.5 RPG. She leaves Tennessee State with the ninth-most rebounds in program history while her 149 career steals are the 12th-most any Tiger has had.
Chattanooga (SoCon) officially announces the addition of Montana transfer Karsen Murphy (6-0 FR forward, Glendive, MT).
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Katie Burrows announced the addition of transfer Karsen Murphy to the women’s basketball 2021-22 roster.
Murphy, a transfer from the University of Montana, makes the move to the Scenic City from Billings, Mont., after one season with the Grizzlies. She appeared in 12 games as a rookie, making her collegiate debut against Utah State in the season-opener.
She scored a career-high seven points against College of Idaho in 11 minutes on the floor. She pulled down four rebounds on the road at Northern Colorado. She averaged 4.4 minutes, 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game.
Buffalo transfer Zena Elias (6-3 JR center, Clearwater, FL) has signed with South Alabama (Sun Belt).
University of South Alabama head women’s basketball Terry Fowler announced on Friday that Zena Elias has signed a grant-in-aid with the school and will join the program in the fall.
She is transferring from Buffalo, where she has made 32 appearances the last three seasons and was part of a Bulls program that put together a 58-31 overall record during that span.
“I’m excited to add Zena to our program,” said Fowler. “At 6-foot-3 she has perimeter skills that will allow us to spread the floor out. She’s an outstanding rebounder who has a knack for pursuing the basketball out of area. I’m looking forward to watching her development over the next two seasons.”
Coach Doug Bruno just added a winning touch from the West Side with the addition of Tekia Mack to the women’s basketball program.
Mack is a perpetual-motion, high-motor, 6-foot, 1-inch hybrid player from Big Ten power Rutgers who combines a forward’s length with guard skills.
And just like that, courtesy of the NCAA Transfer Portal, DePaul got a little deeper and a lot more dynamic.
Mack’s arrival comes on the heels of former Drake point guard Kierra Collier making Lincoln Park her new home two weeks ago via the transfer portal.
The fifth-year graduate student comes from a long line of outstanding basketball players from 10-time state champion Marshall where the legendary all-time winningest coach Dorothy Gaters has been cultivating championship teams and future college basketball stars for nearly five decades while building the greatest hoops dynasty in state history.
Ole Miss transfer Sarah Dumitrescu (6-1 RS FR wing, Bucharest, Romania) has landed at Cal Poly (Big West).
Cal Poly has added to its incoming recruiting class for Mustang Women’s Basketball, announcing on Friday that Sarah Dumitrescu will join the program via Ole Miss.
A 6-foot-1 forward/guard from Bucharest, Romania, Dumitrescu comes to San Luis Obispo with four years of eligibility remaining following a previous injury-redshirt year in 2019-20 with a hardship waiver from the SEC, prior to the 2020-21 season exemption.
“Sarah has great ability to score off the drive, hit the pull-up and can knock down the 3. She is a monster on the boards and brings a great work ethic and winning mentality,” Cal Poly head coach Faith Mimnaugh said.
Combined in her time at Ole Miss, Dumitrescu played in nine games, scoring 36 points and gathering 51 rebounds in her 170 minutes. As a true freshman, she averaged 4.5 points along with 7.3 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game.
“Her ability to score along with her physical and mental toughness automatically make us a better team,” Mimnaugh added.
Oregon officially announces the addition of New Mexico transfer Ahlise Hurst (5-9 JR shooting guard, Bendigo, Australia).
Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves continued to add to the Ducks’ 2021-22 roster on Friday, officially announcing the signing of transfer guard Ahlise Hurst.
Hurst will join Oregon after spending the first three seasons of her career at New Mexico, where she averaged 11.1 points per game in 80 appearances. She is the second signing this week for the Ducks, who welcomed Georgia State transfer Taylor Hosendove to the program on Wednesday.
A native of Bendigo, Australia, Hurst will be a senior for the Ducks in 2021-22 with two years of eligibility available.
“We are really excited about adding Ahlise to our program,” said Graves. “She is a versatile player and a great shooter who has the ability to take over games and have some really big scoring nights. She fits well with our team, and her experience and leadership will be really valuable. Our fans are going to love watching her play. We can’t wait for her to get here and get started.”
South Florida transfer Angelee Rodriguez (6-2 FR center, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico) has signed with George Mason (A-10).
George Mason University women’s basketball head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis has announced the signing of University of South Florida transfer Angelee Rodriguez to the 2021-22 roster.
“Angelee brings skill to the post position and fits an immediate need for our program,” said Blair-Lewis. “We are thrilled to welcome her to Mason Nation. She has a dominating presence and has a true center skill set. We are excited about her hunger to learn and her desire to improve.”
Rodriguez, a 6-foot-2 center, comes to Mason with a plethora of international experience as a member of the Puerto Rico National Team.
She recently completed her freshman season at USF, where she appeared in seven games for the Green and Gold.