Women’s Basketball Transfer News, September 2023

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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UL Monroe announces the addition of Southern Miss grad transfer Lauren Gross (5-10 GR shooting guard, Southaven, MS) and Auburn transfer Sania Wells, 5-7 SR guard, Moss Point, MS). This marks a change of plans for Wells. San Diego State had announced her signing in May.

First-year ULM women’s head basketball coach Missy Bilderback finalized her 2023-24 roster at the beginning of the fall semester with the addition of two guards, in 5-foot-9 Lauren Gross, a graduate transfer from Southern Miss, and 5-7 Sania Wells, a transfer from Auburn.


Akron transfer Annika Corcoran (5-6 JR point guard, Painesville, OH) lands at Detroit Mercy, where she began her collegiate career (under a different coach).

The Detroit Mercy women’s basketball team has added transfer Annika Corcoran to officially finalize the 2023-24 season announced Head Coach Kate Achter. Prior to spending the last two seasons at Akron, Corcoran played two seasons for the Titans during her freshman and sophomore campaign where she started in 27 games and was a two-time Athletic Director’s Honor Roll selection. 

Annika Corcoran (5-7) – G
Hometown: Painesville, Ohio
Previous School: Akron
High School: Gilmour Academy

Akron (2021-22):
• Started in 26 of 27 games played helping the Zips to a third place in the Mid-American Conference
• Ranked third on the team in assists (49) and fourth in 3-pointers (64) while averaging 4.1 points per game

Detroit Mercy (2020-21):
• Missed the beginning of the season due to injury, playing in five of the final six games for the Titans.
• Averaged 3.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.2 minutes per game.
• Totaled season-highs with nine points, five rebounds and four assists at Green Bay (1/9) in a season-best 33 minutes, hitting 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc.


Marquette grad transfer Nia Clark (5-9 GR guard, Indianapolis, IN) lands at Cincinnati, after entering the transfer portal in late August. She started her collegiate career at Miami (OH), then was at Xavier for 3 seasons.

University of Cincinnati women’s basketball announced on Tuesday the addition of graduate transfer Nia Clark ahead of the 2023-24 season.

Clark is immediately eligible for competition due to her graduate transfer status.

The Indianapolis, Ind. native appeared in 27 games with 13 starts at Marquette in 2022-23. She helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 21-10 record that featured the two highest-ranked wins in program history, defeating No. 3 Texas and No. 4 UConn, and an appearance in the Big East Tournament Semifinals and NCAA First Round.

Prior to Marquette, Clark saw action in 30 games with 13 starts and averaged 11.6 points, 2.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game over two seasons at Xavier from 2020-21. She transferred to Xavier for the 2019-20 season, but had to sit out her first season with the program due to NCAA transfer rules.

Clark served as a team captain and led the Musketeers in scoring and minutes per game in 2021-22. She scored 10-plus points 18 times over her two seasons and posted a career-high 26 points versus Valparaiso on Nov. 21, 2021. Clark also recorded 10 steals in her Xavier debut at Detroit Mercy, the second most in single-game in program history.

Clark played for now Marquette head coach Megan Duffy while in her freshman season at Miami (OH) in 2018-19. She appeared in nine games with six starts and averaged 10.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for the RedHawks before suffering a season-ending injury.


Norfolk State officially announces the addition of two transfers:

  • Diamond Johnson, 5-5 JR point guard, Philadelphia, PA / NC State
  • Paris Mullins, 6-2 SR forward, McDonough, GA (grad xfer) / McNeese State

Norfolk State University women’s basketball head coach Larry Vickers added two transfers to the Spartan roster as he reloads following a successful 2022-23 campaign. Joining the Green & Gold is top-25 transfer Diamond Johnson (N.C. State) and Paris Mullins (McNeese State).

Johnson comes to Norfolk State after playing two seasons at North Carolina State University. Prior to N.C. State, Johnson played her rookie season at Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ.

“Diamond is such trailblazer with clear purpose and self-belief,” said Coach Vickers. “She has already spoken loudly about her faith in my program with her commitment to us. We have a job to do and we’re excited about finishing the job with a close to perfect score. Not everyday you get to coach a McDonalds All-American/Olympian but this young lady is about so much more than basketball.”

While playing for the WolfPack, Johnson appeared in 58 games over two seasons totaling 660 points and 1,425 minutes. She made 254 field goals on 623 attempts for a 40.77 field goal percentage. Johnson made 105 three pointers on 291 attempts for a 35.84 three-point percentage and went 47-of-56 from the free throw line for an 83.93 free throw percentage. 

Johnson comes to NSU highly decorated as she was named to the 2023 Naismith Player of the Year and 2023 Dawn Staley Award watch lists and was a finalist on the 2023 WBCA All-America team. In 2022 she was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Top 10 Finalist. While at Rutgers, Johnson was named to the 2021 Second Team All-Big Ten and the 2021 Big Ten All-Freshman Team. 

Johnson has 995 career points coming into the 2023-24 season with 312 rebounds and 202 assists. In 77 career games, she has scored ten or more points in 50 contests, 15-plus points in 33  games, 11 games with 20+ points and two games where she scored more than 25 points. As a first-year student at Rutgers, Johnson recorded two games where she scored 26 points, against Minnesota (2/17/21) and Iowa (3/11/21). 

Mullins comes to Norfolk State from McNeese State where she played in 27 games for 474 minutes on the court. She scored 245 points while recording 101 rebounds, seven blocks, and eight steals. She connected on 95 of 210 field goal attempts and was seven of 25 from beyond the three-point arch while going 48-of-71 from the charity stripe. 

During the 2022-23 season at McNeese State, Mullins recorded 11 double-digit games including two 20+ point performances versus Arkansas State (11/29/23) and Northwestern State (1/5/23). She had one double-double on the season at UIW on Jan. 26 where she scored 11 points and recorded 12 rebounds. 

In addition to her playing experience from McNeese State, Mullins played in five games during the 2021-22 season at Auburn. 

“I’m so excited about Paris joining our team,” said Coach Vickers. “She provides us great size and strength on the interior even though we will exploit mismatches with her shooting ability and versatility. She is also fun to be around, great with coaches and teammates.”


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