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Women’s college basketball transfer portal tracker: Who entered and where they land

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The transfer portal is bumpin’ once again this offseason with more than 1,000 student-athletes in it for the past month. The portal has been knocked out by many coaches and fans who view it as young players not wanting to put in the hard work or stick out tough transitions. But it is also an avenue for players to exit a toxic situation.

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Transfers are a key aspect of college basketball either way. Coaches can treat it similar to free agency and plug players into gaps. The portal can give an early glimpse into problems within a program’s culture.

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We compiled the most notable transfers here, both for individual talent and sheer number exiting a program. This post will be updated as transfers commit elsewhere or players continue to enter the portal.

There are many more factors that go into any player’s decision to transfer beyond the most recent season and head coach, but we included those to give basic background on the program. A thorough list of players in the portal can be found at WBB Blog.

Arizona

2021-22 season: 21-8, 10-6 Pac-12. Lost to Colorado in Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. Lost to 5-seed North Carolina in second round as 4 seed.

coach: Adia Barnes returned to her alma mater in April 2016.

  • Bendu Yeaney (5-10, senior, wing) – 25.2 MPG, 6.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG

  • Koi Love (6-0, junior, F) – 14.3 MPG, 4.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, .447 FG%

  • Anna Gret Asi (5-8, freshman, PG), Derin Erdogan (5-6, sophomore, G), Gisela Sanchez (6-3, freshman, wing), Semaj Smith (6-6, senior, C), Aaronette Vonleh (6-3, freshman, C)

Yeaney transferred from Indiana following ’19-20, and Love was one of the first off the bench.

Buffalo

2021-22 season: 25-9, 16-4 MAC. Won MAC title for third time in six years. Lost to Tennessee in first round of NCAA tournament.

coach: Becky Burke takes over for longtime coach Felisha Legette-Jack (Syracuse). Burke was named 2022 Big South Coach of the Year at USC Upstate.

  • Dyaisha Fair (5-5, junior, PG) – 23.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.4 APG, 2.1 SPG, .404 FG%, .368 3FG%

  • Georgia Woolley (6-0, freshman, F) to Syracuse– 14.6PPG, 4.6RPG, 1.9APG, 2.1SPG, .418FG%

  • Saniaa Wilson (6-0, freshman, F) to SyracuseAdebola Adeyeye (6-2, senior, F) to KentuckyLoren Christie (6-3, junior, F), Cheyenne McEvans (5-9, sophomore, G), Casey Valenti-Paea (5-9, sophomore, G).

Fair and Woolley were the Bulls’ two leading scorers last season and Fair ranked seventh in the nation in win shares (11.0), per Her Hoop Stats. Her scoring output ranked fifth for a second consecutive season. She scored 21.4 PPG in ’20-21 and 22.0 (ranking fourth) her freshman year. Fair entered her name in the portal the same day Legette-Jack was introduced at Syracuse and her former teammates Wilson and Woolley have already committed to the Orange.

Connecticut

21-22 season: 30-6, 16-1 Big East. Won conference title. NCAA runner-up to South Carolina.

coach: Geno Auriemma will coach his 38th season in 2022-23 with a record 11 national titles.

  • Piath Gabriel (6-5, sophomore, F/C) — 13 games, 64 minutes, 39 points, 25 rebounds, 17-of-30 (56.7%)

  • Mir McLean (5-11, sophomore, wing) to Virginia – 4 gms, 8 min., 2 rbd

  • Saylor Poffenbarger (6-1, sophomore, wing) to Arkansas — 12 gms, 32 min., 6 pts, 4 rbd, 1 blk, 2-14 FG, 1-11 3FG

Gabriel is the only player currently in the portal after McLean and Poffenbarger left in late 2021. She played 22 games as a freshman and found limited time as a sophomore even though the Huskies dealt with a litany of injuries to their starters.

Poffenbarger enrolled early at UConn in January 2021 and appeared in 12 games, including the NCAA tournament. She entered the transfer portal in November and joined the Arkansas program midway into the year, but was not eligible to play because of the timing.

McLean entered the transfer portal in mid-December and committed to Virginia earlier this year. She ranked 25th overall in the class of 2020 and the fourth-best wing by ESPN. her freshman year she totaled 68 points, 51 rebounds and 11 assists in 167 minutes shooting 46.4%.

Aubrey Joens entered the transfer portal despite her sister, Ashley, remaining at Iowa State.  (David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Aubrey Joens entered the transfer portal despite her sister, Ashley, remaining at Iowa State. (David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Iowa State

2021-22: 28-7, 14-4 Big 12. Lost as 8 seed to Texas (7 seed) in Big 12 semifinals. Lost to no. 10 seed Creighton in NCAA Sweet 16.

coach: Bill Fennelly joined Iowa State in 1995-96.

  • Aubrey Joens (5-8, sophomore, SG) – 21.3 MPG, 6.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, .417 FG%, .425 3FG%

  • Maddie Frederick (6-0, senior, G)

Joens’ decision to leave came as a surprise since her older sister, Ashley Joens, announced she would return for a fifth season at Iowa State. She was a projected first-round WNBA draft pick. Kelsey Joens, one of their younger sisters, has committed to play at Iowa State come 2023-24.

“It was a very hard decision knowing that I wasn’t going to get to play with Ashley again and knowing that Kelsey was coming here, and I wouldn’t get to play with her again and all my teammates in general,” Aubrey told the Des Moines Register on April 15. “I just overall wanted more playing time and wanted a bigger role, and I thought that this is a good decision for me.”

Kentucky

2021-22 season: 19-12 overall, 8-8 SEC. Won SEC tournament title vs. South Carolina. Lost to Princeton in first round of NCAA tournament.

coach: Kyra Elzy enters her third season as head coach and 11th overall after serving as an assistant.

  • Dre’una Edwards (6-2, redshirt junior, F) – 16.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.7 APG, .521 FG%

  • Jazmine Massengill (6-0, senior, PG) – 7.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.7 APG .406 FG%

  • Treasure Hunt (6-2, sophomore, wing) – 6.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.4 APG

  • Kristen Crenshaw-Gill (5-9, freshman, G), Olivia Owens (6-4, redshirt junior, C) to SyracuseErin Toller (5-7, sophomore, PG)

Massengill and Edwards played the second-most minutes behind No. 1 WNBA draft pick Rhyne Howard last season. It was Edwards, on an assist from Messengill, who made the game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds left to upset No. 1 South Carolina in the SEC championship game.

Dre'una Edwards, who helped lead Kentucky to the SEC championship, has entered the transfer portal.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Dre’una Edwards, who helped lead Kentucky to the SEC championship, has entered the transfer portal. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Maryland

2021-22 season: 23-9, 13-4 Big Ten. Lost to Indiana in the second round of Big Ten tournament. Lost to Stanford in Sweet 16.

coach: Two-time National Coach of the Year Brenda Frese enters her 21st year at Maryland and is 535-140 (.793) with the 2006 national title.

  • Angel Reese (6-3, sophomore, F/G) – 17.8 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.1 BPG, .500 FG

  • Ashley Owusu (6-0, junior, G) – 14.3 PPG, 3. APG, 3.1 RPG, .424 FG%, .406 3FG

  • Mimi Collins (6-3, redshirt junior, F) to N.C. State, Taisiya Kozlova (6-1, sophomore, G), Channise Lewis (5-8, grad, G)

Reese and Owusu, both Associated Press All-Americans, were the two building blocks for the Terrapins with Diamond Miller, their third-highest scorer, coming off the bench most games. Collins (7.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 25.2 MPG) also played key minutes with the injuries Maryland dealt with during the season.

Missouri

2020-21 season: 18-13, 7-9 SEC. Lost to Arkansas in OT of SEC tournament first round. Lost to Drake in WNIT.

coach: Robin Pingeton started at Missouri in 2010.

  • Aijha Blackwell (6-0, junior, G) – 14.9 PPG, 13.1 RPG, .487FG%

  • LaDazhia Williams (6-4, redshirt senior, F) – 9.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, .535FG%

  • Izzy Higginbottom (5-7, freshman, G), Kiya Dorroh (6-1, freshman, wing).

Blackwell led the nation in defensive rebounds (10.5 DRPG) by a full 1.4 more than Lorela Cubaj of Georgia Tech. She was one of four who missed games late in the season due to what the coach said were separate violations of team standards. Blackwell told ABC17 out of Columbia, Missouri, she would make a transfer decision in May between South Carolina, Ole Miss and Baylor.

Williams and Dorroh were also in that group.

Mississippi State

2021-22: 15-14, 6-10 SEC. Lost to Kentucky in the second round of SEC tournament.

coach: Sam Purcell joins Mississippi State after nine years on Jeff Walz’s staff in Louisville. He takes over for interim head coach Jim Novak, who stepped in last October when Nikki McCray-Penson stepped down citing health concerns.

  • Rickea Jackson (6-2, junior, wing) to Tennessee – 35 MPG (15 games), 20.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, .410 FG%

  • Myah Taylor (5-7, redshirt senior, PG) – 35.3 MPG, 8.0 PPG, 5.5 APG, 2.7 RPG, 2.7 SPG

  • Ashley Jones (5-7, redshirt junior, G), KN’isha Godfrey (5-9, sophomore, G) to TCUJasmine Shavers (5-9, freshman, G) to Texas TechAlyza Winston (5-7, junior, G).

Two of the Bulldogs’ top playmakers entered the portal in Jackson, the leading scorer and second rebounder, and Taylor, the best facilitator. Jackson, ranked no. 5 overall in the 2019 class and second at the wing position out of high school, entered her name into the portal on Jan. 24.

Rickea Jackson was one of Mississippi State's top playmakers, but entered her name in the transfer portal in January.  (AP Photo/Your Hunt)
Rickea Jackson was one of Mississippi State’s top playmakers, but entered her name in the transfer portal in January. (AP Photo/Your Hunt)

Minnesota

2021-22: 15-18, 7-11 Big Ten. Lost to Northwestern in the second round of Big Ten tournament. Lost in second round of WNIT to South Dakota State, the eventual champions.

coach: Lindsay Whalen, alumna and retired Minnesota Lynx champion. Whalen will enter her fifth season.

  • Sara Scalia (5-10, junior, SG) to Indiana – 17.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 35.2 MPG

  • Jasmine Powell (5-6, junior, PG) to Tennessee (January) – 12.4PPG, 4.4RPG, 5.7APG, 30.2MPG

  • Kadiatou Sissoko (6-2, redshirt, junior, wing) – 10.8 PPG, 5.7 RPG

  • Erin Hedman, Klarke Sconiers, Kadi Sissoko, Alexia Smith, Caroline Strande

Scalia and Powell were the team’s leading scorers and Sissoko ranked fourth, leading the team in rebounds by a slight margin. No double-digit scorers remain on the roster. There were and are high hopes for the program’s star to return it to the top. Whalen is 60-59 as head coach and has not yet had a winning record in Big Ten play. Her 2022 recruiting class is ranked seventh in the country.

Morehead State

2021-22 season: 1-27, 0-18 OVC. Team was 7-16/6-13 the year prior.

coach: Cayla Petree, formerly a…



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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