Women’s Basketball Transfer News, May 2022

News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.

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Vanderbilt officially announces the addition of two grad transfers:

  • Marnelle Garraud, 5-7 SR point guard, Lynn, MA / Boston College
  • Ciaja Harbison, 5-6 SR guard, Louisville, KY / Saint Louis

Vanderbilt women’s basketball coach Shea Ralph announced Monday the addition of two members to the program’s 2022-23 roster after Ciaja Harbison and Marnelle Garraud signed scholarship papers. With their arrival, the Commodores’ incoming class now includes five student-athletes who will join a team that won a pair of games in the WNIT last season.

“We are so excited to welcome Ciaja and Marnelle to Vanderbilt,” said Ralph. “They are competitive, confident, and hard-working women who will bring tremendous experience to our program. Most importantly, they will be great ambassadors for Vanderbilt, and we look forward to seeing them compete at the highest level of college basketball.”


Oregon State officially announces the addition of Texas Southern grad transfer Shalexxus Aaron (6-1 GR wing, Apple Valley, CA).

The Oregon State women’s basketball team has added transfer guard Shalexxus Aaron to its roster for the 2022-23 season, head coach Scott Rueck announced Monday.

“I have been a big fan of Shallexus for a long time,” Rueck said. “We are so excited to have the opportunity to add her to our program. She is a great fit at Oregon State for many reasons. She grew up in the game coming from a basketball family, and is a versatile and skilled player who can play anywhere on the court. She is an outstanding 3-point shooter, a gifted passer, and has point guard handles. She impacts the game on both ends of the floor and has a high level of knowledge and understanding of the game. Lex carries herself with class and is a dynamic multi-talented person who has a comforting maturity to her that allows her to be a great friend and teammate. We will all benefit from her addition to Beaver Nation! This is a great and special day!”

Aaron joins the Beavers as a redshirt-junior from Texas Southern by way of USC. She started all 16 games she played last season for the Tigers, averaging 12 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Her season was highlighted by a double-double against Mississippi Valley State, as she put up 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, making five 3-pointers in the game.

Aaron played the final 12 games of the 2020-21 season for USC, after missing the 2019-20 year due to injury. She shot 40 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range during those 12 contests averaging 6.5 points per game. Aaron scored in double-figures three times during that season, including a 16-point showing at Utah.


Alabama officially announces the addition of West Virginia transfer JeAnna Cunningham (6-4 SO center, Brentwood, NY). That finalizes their 2022-23 roster, which will include 6 newcomers—5 transfers and just 1 freshman—and 8 returnees. None of the transfers are grads, but all are first-time transfers and thus immediately eligible.

The University of Alabama women’s basketball program finalized its 2022-23 roster after inking another elite transfer to its incoming class, head coach Kristy Curry announced Monday. JeAnna Cunningham, a 6-4 center from West Virginia, will have immediate eligibility to compete for the Crimson Tide in the fall of 2022.

Cunningham will join:

  • Two-time Miss Tennessee Basketball and incoming freshman Karly Weathers
  • 2019-20 Miss South Carolina Basketball and Georgia Tech transfer Loyal McQueen
  • 2019-20 Miss Alabama Basketball and Georgia transfer Sarah Ashlee Barker
  • 2019-20 Associated Press Michigan Division I Girls Basketball Player of the Year and 2021-22 Illinois leading scorer Aaliyah Nye
  • 2021-22 North Dakota State leading rebounder and double-digit scorer Ryan Cobbins

to form the Crimson Tide’s incoming class, which will all enjoy immediate eligibility. The six newcomers, combined with eight  returners, including all five starters, make up the Alabama women’s basketball roster for 2022-23.


Georgia officially announces the addition of Texas grad transfer Audrey Warren (5-9 SR guard/wing, Fort Worth, TX).

Audrey Warren, who helped lead the University of Texas women’s basketball team to back-to-back NCAA Elite Eights, has signed with the Georgia Lady Bulldogs, head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson announced Monday. 

The combo guard/forward has played the past four seasons for the Longhorns. She drew 35 starts and appeared in 59 games over the last two years, helping Texas capture the 2022 Big 12 Championship.

Warren averaged 10.3 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest in 2020-21 and averaged 8.2 ppg during the 2021-22 campaign. 

The Fort Worth, Texas, native will be a fifth-year senior for the Lady Bulldogs this upcoming season. 

“We are excited to welcome Audrey to the University of Georgia,” Coach ‘ABE’ said. “Audrey has a tremendous skill set on offense as a three-tier scorer. Her basketball IQ is unmatched. She is a relentless defender who takes pride in getting stops, and inspires her teammates to have that same mentality. Audrey is a winner and knows what it takes to compete at a high level after reaching back-to-back Elite Eights in her college career. She will make an immediate impact on our program here at Georgia.” 


Western Illinois grad transfer Danni Nichols (5-10 SR guard, Columbia, MO) has landed at West Virginia; 2021-22 stats: 15.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.2 APG, .528 FG%; second-team All–Summit League,

West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit has announced the signing of Danni Nichols to a grant-in-aid for the 2022-23 academic year.

A 5-foot-10 guard from Columbia, Missouri, Nichols comes to West Virginia as a graduate transfer from Western Illinois. In four seasons with the Leathernecks, Nichols played in 113 games, with 101 starts, and scored 1,344 points. She carries a scoring average of 11.9 points per game and shows a career shooting percentage of 50.2%, including 33.1% from 3-point range. Of note, Nichols shot 45.4% or better during each of her four years at WIU.

Additionally, Nichols hauled in 477 rebounds, dished out 186 assists and tallied 154 steals during her career at Western Illinois. She tallied 40 or more steals in three of her four seasons with the Leathernecks.

Nichols comes to Morgantown with multiple All-Summit League Honors, including being a Second Team All-Summit League selection in 2021-22 and the 2019 Summit League Freshman of the Year. She will have one year of eligibility remaining.


Notre Dame officially announces two transfer additions:


Appalachian State grad transfer Alexia Allesch (6-1 SR forward, Basking Ridge, NJ) is returning to Seton Hall, from which she had transferred following the 2020-21 season (she spent her freshman year at UMass).

Seton Hall women’s basketball head coach Anthony Bozzella announced today that former Pirate Alexia Allesch (Basking Ridge, N.J.) is returning to the Pirates for her final year of eligibility in 2022-23.

Allesch was a key contributor for The Hall in 2019-20 and 2020-21 before transferring to Appalachian State last season where she had a breakout campaign for the Mountaineers.  Allesch returns home for her final collegiate season.

“I’m really excited to have Alexia back,” Bozzella said.  “She had a great year at Appalachian State, but had an opportunity to come back to a system she knows well and enroll in an excellent MBA program.  Alexia is a winner.  We had success with her the first time around, and we’re really to have her and her family back with us again.”

Allesch blossomed in a starring role for Appalachian State last season and was one of only four players in the Sun Belt Conference to average a double-double.  Named the Sun Belt’s 2021-22 Newcomer of the Year, she became the first Mountaineer to garner an individual postseason honor since App State joined the Sun Belt in 2014.  Also named to the All-Conference Second team, Allesch averaged 15.7 points and 10.5 rebounds in conference games and ranked top eight in league play in scoring (eighth), rebounding (third), 3-pointers per game (second) and blocked shots (fourth).  Her 10 double-doubles for the season are tied for second-most among Sun Belt players.

At Seton Hall, Allesch played in 40 games over two years, and started in all 18 of the Pirates’ pandemic-shortened season of 2020-21.  She averaged 4.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.  Showing her defensive prowess, Allesch was second on the team in blocks and third in steals.


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