Women’s Basketball Transfer News, October 2020

News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order. See also: Women’s Basketball Transfers: Fall 2019–Summer 2020.

Shyia Smith (5-11 JR forward, Idabel, OK) has received an immediate-eligibility waiver at UT Arlington (Sun Belt), following her transfer from Wichita State.

UTA women’s basketball junior and Wichita State transfer Shyia Smith has been ruled immediately eligible to play for the 2020-21 season by the NCAA.

The Idabel, Okla. native played two season at Wichita State before transferring to UT Arlington this summer. Smith appeared in 56 games for the Shockers, making 31 starts, during her time in Wichita. She averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds and shot .414 from the field during her two seasons with the Shockers. As a sophomore, she started 25 of the 27 games she appeared in and averaged 6.1 points and 5.1 boards.

“This is great news for our Lady Mav family,” said head coach Shereka Wright. “Shyia has been working extremely hard on the court for us. She gives us another legit scorer and rebounder in the front court. Her athleticism will be a valuable asset to us on both ends of the floor.”


Following her transfer from Maryland, Shakira Austin (6-5 JR forward, Fredericksburg, VA) has been granted an immediate-eligibility waiver at Ole Miss.

Ole Miss women’s basketball junior Shakira Austin has been ruled immediately eligible to play for the 2020-21 season by the NCAA.

Austin, a 6-foot-5 forward and ESPN’s No. 1 rated transfer this season, was a significant piece of the puzzle at national powerhouse Maryland before coming to Ole Miss this past spring. There, she played in 66 games and started in 47 during two Big Ten championship runs in 2019 and 2020, during which the Terrapins went a combined 57-9 overall.

Along the way, the former No. 3 national high school prospect and McDonald’s All-American broke Maryland’s single-season blocks record with 89 her freshman season and was named Second-Team All-Big Ten her sophomore season. Austin was also named to the 2019-20 Preseason Lisa Leslie Award Watch List, which is given annually to the top center in the nation.

“We are extremely happy about the opportunity Shakira has been given this year,” said Ole Miss head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “I’d like to thank Coach Frese and the University of Maryland for their assistance with this. Kira will be able to impact us immediately in every aspect, and we are excited for her and us.”


Wake Forest transfer Ellen Hahne (5-11 JR guard, Stockholm, Sweden) has received an immediate-eligibility waiver at Albany (America East), reported in this article (toward the bottom)

UAlbany women’s basketball head coach Colleen Mullen said Wednesday after her team’s practice that Ellen Hahne had received an NCAA waiver granting her immediate eligibility for the 2020-21 season.

A 5-foot-11 guard, Hahne transferred in the offseason from Wake Forest to UAlbany.

“That is a huge, huge, huge win for us,” Mullen said.


Jayla Alexander (5-9 SO guard, Jackson, MS), who had transferred from Ole Miss to Georgetown following the 2019-20 season, has now transferred to Jones College (MS juco).

She signed with Ole Miss and played in 30 games, including 19 starts, in the 2019-20 season. She then transferred to Georgetown and is now headed to Jones.

“Jayla has a high motor and is an extremely versatile guard,” Bilderback added. “She can just flat out score, but more than that Jayla loves to compete and is a winner. We have watched her and grown to know her over the years and are just so thankful that she is now a Bobcat.” . . . 

This past season at Ole Miss, she averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game. She scored a career-high 23 points at Missouri and had 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds vs. Vanderbilt. She had 16 points and a career-high eight assists vs. Missouri and scored in double digits 13 times. She led the Rebels in scoring five times, rebounding six times and assists eight times. 


Texas Tech transfer Emma Villas-Gomis (6-3 SR forward, Fontenay-Sous-Bois, France) has been granted immediate eligibility at North Texas (C-USA) (see this tweet).


Minnesota transfer Destiny Pitts (5-10 JR wing, Detroit, MI) has received an immediate-eligibility waiver at Texas A&M (see this tweet).


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