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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Seton Hall officially announces the addition of Mississippi State grad transfer Andra Espinoza-Hunter (5-11 SR guard, Ossining, NY) for the 2021-22 season. Playing in the Big East, she’ll go up against UConn, where her college career began.

Seton Hall women’s basketball head coach Anthony Bozzella announced today the addition of graduate transfer Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Ossining, N.Y.) to the program.  Espinoza-Hunter will be eligible to suit up for the Pirates for the 2021-22 season.

A dynamic guard with significant experience on the highest levels of NCAA Division I basketball, Espinoza-Hunter joins The Hall after spending the last two seasons at Mississippi State.  While in Starkville, she helped lead the Bulldogs to a 60-9 record overall, with a No. 1 seed and trip to the Elite-8 of the NCAA Tournament in 2019.  A durable talent, Espinoza-Hunter played in all but two games at Mississippi State, raining down a total of 90 three-pointers during her time there.  In the 2019 SEC Championship Game, she set a tournament record with eight made three-pointers in a rout of Arkansas


Miki’ala Maio (5-9 SR guard, Nanakuli, Hawaii) has received a waiver making her eligible at Northern Arizona (Big Sky) for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. She had transferred to NAU from Nevada.

Northern Arizona University guard Miki’ala Maio will be eligible to play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season after the program received approval of a waiver from the NCAA.

A transfer from Nevada, Maio will also retain a year of eligibility for the 2021-22 season due to the NCAA’s October ruling which granted all winter sport athletes an additional year due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Maio played in 28 of Nevada’s 31 games a season ago, starting 12 games for the Wolf Pack. Finishing the year with averages of 5.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds, Maio played in 17.6 minutes per contest. Scoring 20 points in just 25 minutes of play on Jan. 1 against Colorado State, Maio set career highs as she connected on 10-of-14 shots from the field.


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.


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