Raoul now reporting that she's going to Baylor, not Wake Forest.
Raoul now reporting that she's going to Baylor, not Wake Forest.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State women's basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger announced Thursday the elevation of Lady Lions' all-time great Maggie Lucas to assistant coach. Lucas returned to her alma mater in May as Director of Player Development.
Kieger on Lucas: "We are thrilled to elevate Maggie Lucas to an assistant coach. She has an incredible passion for Lady Lion basketball and knows what it takes to win championships here. She is no doubt the perfect fit to help our program get back to the top."
Lucas on her new role: "I am beyond excited about my promotion to assistant coach! It is an amazing opportunity and full circle moment in my journey with Penn State women's basketball. Since returning to Happy Valley, I have truly been inspired by the energy and passion of Coach Keiger, our players and the entire staff. I have so much faith in this program and the new heights we will reach. It's good to be home!"
About Lucas: Lucas joined the Penn State this offseason after concluding an eight-year professional career, including four seasons in the WNBA. She played three seasons with the Indiana Fever (2014-16) and split the 2018 season with the Atlanta Dream and Dallas Wings.
While playing for Lulea in Sweden in 2021, she led the team to an SBLDAM Championship and was the league's finals MVP. Lucas was named All-Euro Cup first team in 2022 while playing for Dinamo Sassari.
Lucas' name is all over the Penn State record books. She won three major Big Ten awards: player of the year in 2013 (coaches & media) and 2014 (media) and the consensus freshman of the year in 2011. She was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a four-time All-Big Ten honoree.
Lucas led Penn State to three-straight Big Ten regular season titles in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. The Lady Lions played in the NCAA Tournament all four years with Lucas on campus and made Sweet 16 appearances in 2012 and 2014.
A Wade Trophy and Wooden Award Finalist in 2013 and 2014, Lucas was a second-team AP All-American in 2013 and third-team AP All-American in 2014. She was a two-time USBWA All-American, two-time Full-Court All-American and Full-Court Freshman All-American.
Lucas is the only player in program history with over 2,000 points (2,510), 500 rebounds (541), 250 assists (286) and 200 steals (237).
She ranks second all-time at Penn State with 2,510 career points and holds the second-best career scoring average (19.0 ppg). Her 2,510 points rank eighth All-Time in the Big Ten.
She holds three of the Top 10 scoring seasons in program history with 672 points in 2013-14, 644 points in 2012-13 and 642 points in 2011-12, while holding the freshman scoring record with 552 points in 2010-11.
Known for her incredible shooting abilities, Lucas holds the Penn State record for career three-point fields goals with 365. Her 365 career threes rank third all-time in the Big Ten.
She also ranks third all-time at PSU with a 41.5 three-point field goal percentage. She owns Penn State's season three-point field goals record (112 in 2010-11).
Lucas has the Penn State records for career free throws (547), career free throw percentage (90.7) and season free throws (185, 2013-14).
She shot a Big Ten-record 94.9 percent from the free-throw line in 2013-14, good for the eighth-best season percentage in NCAA Division I history. Her 90.7 career free throw percentage, also a Big Ten record, also ranks eighth all-time in NCAA Division I
Maryland women’s basketball junior guard Allie Kubek sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will miss the 2022-2023 season, according to a team spokesperson.
Kubek transferred from Towson this past offseason where she averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last year. She is a career 48% shooter from the field and was named to the All-CAA team last season.
She entered Maryland at a transformative time in the program with multiple players leaving the team last season for other schools. She was one of five players Frese acquired via the transfer portal for this season’s roster.
Kubek was expected play an important role for Maryland, providing depth to its potent backcourt.
The Terps now have 12 active players on the roster.
What do the transfers bring?Gearlds went shopping in the portal and added post Caitlyn Harper, the WAC’s Player of the Year at Cal Baptist, and Lasha Petree, who played last season at Rutgers.
Purdue had one post player last season - Rickie Woltman - but the 6-foot-2 Harper brings more size and depth but can also stretch the defense with a solid perimeter game. Gearlds envisions Petree as her prototypical wing player.
“Long, athletic, can score the ball from the outside and can get to the rim,” Gearlds said. “You look at our roster and you say ‘Hey, who can go get us a bucket?’ I think Lasha fills that need – ‘Hey, go get us a bucket.’ ”
Who's the point guard?Jeanae Terry, who posted two triple-doubles last season, remains the primary point guard. But other options are on the roster allowing the Boilermakers to present different lineups, including Abbey Ellis and Madison Layden.
“The ball is in Jeanae’s hands, and I really love Abbey off the ball,” Gearlds said. “She does so well in the open floor and if we can kick it up to her and run her off screens, she can score.
“I think you'll see Madison at the point in a backup role more so than last year, just trying to keep Abbey off the ball.”
Can Jayla Smith take the next step?Gearlds challenged the 2021 Indiana Miss Basketball from Lawrence North to improve her game during the offseason. Smith can play a big role at both ends of the floor, giving the Boilermakers an athletic presence.
Smith’s conditioning is better than last season and that's allowed her to excel in workouts over the summer.
“She's taking strides that we weren't sure if she was going to take and she's taken them,” Gearlds said. “I just think her understanding that it's really not that hard. I think that her conditioning last year, she had her hands on her knees and didn't know how to push through the wall.
“Now when it gets hard, she's the one encouraging people. She knows it's her time and we've talked a lot about it. ‘You're Indiana Miss Basketball. This is what we do. You’re from Indiana, you come to Purdue, and this is what we do.' She's embraced the opportunity.”
Here is Purdue women's basketball schedule for 2022-23 season
Does the roster feature more versatility?No longer are players “pigeonholed” into one position, Gearlds said. Most can play multiple spots, giving the Boilermakers and their coach plenty of flexibility in mixing and matching personnel.
“Maybe come February, our legs are fresher,” Gearlds said. “We talked with (Layden) about not having to guard the other team's best player for 40 minutes. We've got Jayla and Lasha now as options to really use their length, so she's not dog-tired at the end of games or the end of the season. We have some options and some versatility. My offensive mind is going crazy, honestly.”
Roster updatesFreshman guard Ainhoa Holzer will redshirt this season after undergoing knee surgery. ... Skye Williams, who was a freshman last season, has taken a medical redshirt and remains in school. She is no longer with the program.
Last SeasonThe Buckeyes were reeling last year. They lost two starting caliber players to the transfer portal, and their first year back into postseason eligibility following NCAA recruiting sanctions didn’t look like it would end like it did.
A big part of a Sweet Sixteen run and regular season title was Mikesell. On Nov. 7, 2021, the NCAA ruled the guard eligible after transferring from the Oregon Ducks. Mikesell had the freedom to shoot and shoot often.
Mikesell was second in nation with 114 three-pointers made in 240 attempts. While assists were down slightly compared to Mikesell’s first two college years with Maryland, the Buckeyes didn’t need that part of her game. Instead, Mikesell brought scoring consistency and rose to the occasion multiple times throughout the year.
The Northeast Ohio native started every game of the year, including nine games where Mikesell never sat on the bench. That work landed Mikesell on the All-B1G First Team and in the group of five finalists for the Ann Meyers-Drysdale Shooting Guard of the Year award.
MADISON, Wis. – Junior Halle Douglass of the Wisconsin women's basketball team will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 season due to a right knee injury.
Douglass, a team captain, sustained the injury during the second quarter of Sunday's game at Illinois State.
Statement from Head Coach Marisa Moseley
"My heart hurts for Halle and our team right now as we all process the news of her injury. Halle has been an integral part of our success since our arrival in Madison. I am confident that she will come back stronger and even more impactful upon her return!"