News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Akron announces the addition of Tahmala Thorpe (5-4 FR point guard, Mississauga, ON), a transfer from St. Francis Xavier University, a college located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
“I am excited to add Tahmala to our Akron Women’s Basketball Family,” Jackson said. “It was important for us to add some depth at the point guard position, and we did that with this transfer. Tahmala is a true point guard who is extremely fast and a very good defender. I was impressed with her intangibles as a leader and really enjoyed our conversations through ought the recruiting process. Tahmala will fit in well with our team and style of play.”
Thorpe is a 5-4 guard from Mississauga, Ontario and comes from St. Francis Xavier University. During the 2021-22 season, she averaged 10.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. Thorpe finished the season shooting 32.8 percent from the floor and 30.6 percent from beyond the arc. In addition, she knocked down 27 free throws in 34 attempts for a 79.4 free throw rate, She finished the season scoring double figures in 10 games, while also scoring 20+ points in three games, including a career-high 23 points against Dalhousie.
Omaha officially announces the addition of Florida Gulf Coast transfer Aaliyah Stanley (5-6 JR shooting guard, Boynton Beach, FL).
Head women’s basketball coach Carrie Banks announced the signing of Aaliyah Stanley to the 2022-23 roster, Tuesday morning. Stanley is a guard transfer out of Florida Gulf Coast where she played two seasons.
“Aaliyah is our first signee of the off-season, and I am truly excited to welcome a player of her caliber to our program,” said Banks. “She is a dynamic guard that shoots the ball well and make plays for her teammates. I love her passion for the game and can’t wait to see all she accomplishes as a Maverick.”
As a sophomore at FGCU, Stanley was tabbed to the ASUN All-Tournament Team. She finished third on the team scoring 9.6 points per game through 27 games played. Stanley led the team and ranked seventh in the ASUN shooting 38.1 percent from three-point range. The Boynton Beach native totaled 30 assists, 23 steals, and 58 rebounds on the year.
GW women’s basketball head coach Caroline McCombs announced the addition of two transfer student-athletes to the program on Tuesday. Jayla Thornton and Asjah Inniss will rep the Buff & Blue for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
“We are ecstatic to bring in these two latest additions to our GW family,” Coach McCombs said. “Jayla is a proven scorer and 3-point shooter, with great length from the wing position, while Asjah is a combo guard that can play at a high level on both sides of the ball. Both players have been able to grow their skills prior to their time at GW, and they will both bring a lot of on-court experience to our team.”
The two transfer students join an incoming class for next season that includes first-year players Nya Robertson and Caia Loving, and graduate transfer Mia Lakstigala.
Ferris State (D-II) officially announces the addition of Illinois State transfer Kenzie Bowers (5-9 FR point guard, Kent City, MI).
The Ferris State University women’s basketball program has landed one of West Michigan’s top talents as the Bulldogs have announced the addition of a NCAA Division I transfer in Kenzie Bowers, who recently wrapped up her collegiate freshman campaign at Illinois State University on the heels of an outstanding prep career at Kent City High School.
The 5-9 Bowers played in 33 games for the Redbirds this past season, averaging more than 15 minutes a game while helping the squad claimed its first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title since 2009 en route to earning the school’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance. She totaled 89 points, 79 rebounds, 23 assists and 20 steals as Illinois State finished 19-14 overall.
Bowers will join the Bulldogs for the upcoming 2022-23 campaign as FSU aims to reach the NCAA Tournament once again under head coach Kurt Westendorp, who directed the Bulldogs to both a national tournament berth and the program’s first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Championship this past season.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Kenzie to our program,” Westendorp said. “She is one of the most talented players to come out of West Michigan over the past couple years and we’re excited to have her back home.
“Kenzie brings a winner’s mentality, having been a key part of highly successful programs at Kent City High School and this past season at Illinois State,” he added. “Her drive to compete, fit within our philosophy, and the connections she already has with our returning team should make for a seamless transition into a Bulldog uniform.”
The FGCU women’s basketball team added another high-level transfer signee today with Alyza Winston (Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon HS/Michigan State/Mississippi State) joining the Eagles as announced by head coach Karl Smesko today. Winston transferred to Mississippi State this past January, but was only eligible to practice after playing just over two seasons, including as a starter in 2020-21 and to begin 2021-22, at Michigan State.
“Alyza is a skilled and talented player. She is a very good shooter, and she is a proven scorer against high-level competition,” said Smesko. “She should really excel in our style of play. Alyza is fast, and she loves playing in transition.”
With the Spartans, she started all 10 games played to begin this past season where she averaged 12.2 points and 3.0 assists before transferring. She logged just under 27 minutes while shooting .425 from the floor. Winston had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2019-20 becoming a full-time starter to average 11.1 points, 2.0 assists and 1.1 rebounds per contest. The 5-foot-7 guard scored in double figures 23 times in her career, while eclipsing the 15-point mark in 11 of those games. She is a career 44% shooter from the field and 73% from the charity stripe.