Women’s Basketball Transfer News, November 2020

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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Essence Booker (5-8 JR point guard, Las Vegas, NV) has received an immediate-eligibility waiver at Ball State (MAC), following her transfer from Nevada.

The Ball State women’s basketball tipoff at Milwaukee tonight just got better as junior guard Essence Booker received an NCAA waiver to be immediately eligible for the 2020-21 season.
“I’m really excited for Essence and appreciate all of Ryne Hillenberg’s work towards making this possible,” Ball State head women’s basketball coach Brady Sallee said.
Booker, a 5-foot-8 guard, comes to Ball State after spending the last two seasons at the University of Nevada. She was one of the Wolfpack’s top players this season, earning All-Mountain West honorable mention recognition and Mountain West Player of the Week accolades (Nov. 11). She started 30 games while leading Nevada in scoring (12.5 points per game) and total assists (73). Booker scored in doubles figures 21 times this season, including a stretch of 12 games in a row from Jan. 18-Feb. 27.


Duke junior guard Jiselle Havas, a walk-on transfer from Lafayette, had her waiver for immediate eligibility denied.

And despite seemingly granting a waiver to every undergrad transfer this season, the NCAA has denied eligibility this year for walk-on guard Jiselle Havas, who transferred from Lafayette to pursue her degree in mechanical engineering.


Jasmine Stanley (6-1 SO forward, Goose Creek, SC) has transferred from Alabama A&M to Francis Marion (D-II).

Francis Marion University women’s basketball coach Jeri Porter has announced the addition of 6-1 sophomore forward Jasmine Stanley of Goose Creek, S.C., a transfer from NCAA Division I Alabama A&M University.

Stanley will join the program in late December and will be eligible to play when the Patriots open their abbreviated 2021 schedule on Jan. 6 at Georgia College.

In her one season with the Lady Bulldogs, Stanley played in 25 of 30 games and averaged 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in just under 10 minutes of action per contest.  She twice tallied in double figures, scoring 11 points at Denver University and 10 at Florida A&M University.  She connected on 44.4 percent of her field goal attempts, while helping lead Alabama A&M to a 17-13 mark.


Kaela Webb (5-6 JR combo guard, Pontiac, MI), who transferred to Detroit Mercy (Horizon) from Providence, has been granted immediate eligibility.

“We are extremely blessed to have Kaela Webb become immediately eligible for our program,” Detroit Mercy head coach AnnMarie Gilbert said. “She is very talented and has become an amazing leader for our team in such a short time. Her ceiling is really high and she makes our team better.”

The Pontiac, Michigan, native played in 67 games for Providence in two seasons, making 46 total starts, including 28 as a sophomore last season in 2019-20. Webb was among the nation’s leaders in 3-point field goals made (78) last year, ranking second in the Big East and 37th nationally. She also ranked 33rd in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (40.8), which was also second in the Big East.


Bryn Gerlich (6-0 JR wing, Colleyville, TX), who transferred from Oklahoma State to Texas Tech, has received an immediate-eligibility waiver.

Gerlich transferred to Texas Tech this summer after playing the first two seasons of her career at Oklahoma State. She competed in 28 games during her sophomore season, including a career-high 10-point outing at Texas A&M, and appeared in 23 games for the Cowgirls as a freshman. Gerlich was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team a season ago, and was selected to the Academic All-Big 12 rookie team in 2018-19.


Former Minnesota player Barbora Tomancová (6-3 RS SO forward/center, Brno, Czech Republic) is transferring to FIU (C-USA).

Tomancová, a 6-3 post player from Brno, Czech Republic, comes to Miami after two seasons at Minnesota in the Big Ten. In her freshman season (2018-2019) with the Gophers, Tomancová played six games before missing the final 22 due to injury, averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. Returning for her redshirt freshman season, Tomancová played in 18 games averaging 0.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest, along with being named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

“I am a people person, so having a head coach that I can talk to is important to me,” Tomancová said. “I knew what I was looking for in that aspect, and Coach Burks is a genuine and kind person and a coach that is passionate about her program. I am looking forward to playing for her. I like that Coach Burks is aware of my ability to post up but knows that I can play outside as well and isn’t planning to limit me to one of them.

“The basketball program at FIU is what I was looking for – a good team, FIU offers a psychology major which is what I want to study, the campus is nice and the fact that it is in Miami is a bonus! I am looking forward to getting the full experience of being a Panther!”


Natalie Kelly (6-3 SO center, Albany, LA), who transferred to Southeastern Louisiana (Southland) from Auburn, has received an immediate eligibility waiver.

Kelly, a 6-3 center from Albany, Louisiana, was initially expected to sit out a season after transferring from Auburn. However, the NCAA granted a waiver that will allow Kelly to suit up for the Nov. 25 opener versus Alcorn State. The addition of Kelly to this year’s active roster will bolster SLU’s performance on and off the court, according to Guzzardo.

“We’re so excited for Natalie to have the opportunity to play for us immediately,” Guzzardo commented. “She’s not a tradition back-to-the-basket post player, but she can get to the basket and has a good midrange game. Defensively, her ability to block shots is going to make her an immediate impact player for us.”


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