Other B1G Team Notes 2022-23


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The 2021-22 Big Ten Conference Championship winning Ohio State Buckeyes added their second forward from the transfer portal on Thursday. Syracuse forward Eboni Walker announced on Instagram that she’s now a Buckeye.

Walker dons Scarlet & Gray after a season at Arizona State University before transferring to Syracuse for the 21/22 season. In six appearances, Walker averaged 22.3 minutes off the bench where she averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Walker’s best performance came in her final game on Nov. 11 where the forward scored 12 points.

After that game, Walker didn’t play again. Syracuse medically ruled her out for the rest of the season, although details of the injury were never made public

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For the Buckeyes, Walker’s addition is big. Ohio State played with three primary forwards in 2021-22: starter Rebeka Mikulasikova, and backups Tanaya Beacham and Taylor Thierry. Mikulasikova and Thierry both return but Beacham played her final year of eligibility, holding the title of the sixth player on the Buckeyes.

The Scarlet & Gray were 10th in the B1G in rebounding margin, being outrebounded on an average of 1.3 rebounds per game. Ohio State struggled mostly on the offensive boards. Head coach Kevin McGuff’s side was 11th in offensive rebounds. This is after the offseason in which Dorka Juhasz (UConn) and Aaliyah Patty (Texas A&M), both starters, transferred out of McGuff’s program.

It’s too early to know where Walker lands on the roster, but returning from an injury to a new team is a challenge. Thierry came on strong as one of the most athletic players in the B1G and Mikulasikova started every game during the championship season. Wherever Walker lands, there’s a strong chance that her experience gets her minutes on the court for the 22/23 season.

Walker has a third forward to compete against in Karla Vreš. Like Walker, Vreš announced her transfer to the Buckeyes this offseason from American University on May 10
 

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Indiana fills assistant coach position with Linda Sayavongchanh. She's a recruiting coordinator with an upper mid-west focus.

Linda Sayavongchanh has joined Teri Moren's staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Sayavongchanh comes to Bloomington from Omaha, where she spent spent seven years in the same roles for Creighton. Her first official day with the Hoosiers was June 1.

Prior to Creighton, Sayavongchanh spent two years as an assistant coach at Saint Louis. She started her career at Minnesota-Duluth as a graduate assistant in 2007 for two years, then took an assistant coaching job at Drake in 2009. She coached at North Dakota for the 2012-13 season before joining the Billikens.
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Sayavongchanh has an existing relationship with one of IU's top recruiting targets in 2024 four star guard Britt Prince from Omaha. Creighton extended Prince her first Division I offer in 2020, before her freshman year at Elkhorn North High School. IU offered Prince on an unofficial visit in June 2021.
 


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Two sport athlete Maggie Mendelson arrives in Lincoln.

The Nebraska women’s basketball team now has a 17-year-old player on its team.

Two-sport Husker athlete Maggie Mendelson arrived in Lincoln last weekend. She’ll play both basketball and volleyball at Nebraska, and in time, that should pay off for both programs.

Mendelson has played for the U.S. youth national team in both sports. She’s the No. 4 national recruit in volleyball and No. 32 in basketball.

Mendelson graduated from high school one full year early, reclassifying to the 2022 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-5 center from Ogden, Utah, will spend most of her first month in Lincoln with the basketball team. While Mendelson only recently turned 17, Nebraska basketball coach Amy Williams says she doesn’t look out of place.
 





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