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Matilda Ekh in portal

Michigan State women’s basketball let Suzy Merchant go this offseason, and now they have lost one of their starters to the NCAA transfer portal. MSU sophomore Matilda Ekh, a two-year starter, entered the portal on Wednesday.


Ekh was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and part of the All-Freshman team last year. She shot 39-percent from three this year, one of the best marks in the Big Ten.
 


Michigan outgoing:

Three players have entered the transfer portal recently, in addition to the program losing three staff members.

Starting guard Maddie Nolan is in the portal, a source confirmed to MLive. So too is reserve guard Ari Wiggins. Another reserve guard, Michelle Sidor, has already committed to a new school.
 



Illinois assistant Ryan Gensler named Akron head coach

AKRON, OH – The University of Akron Athletics Director Charles Guthrie announced today [March 29] that Ryan Gensler has been named head women's basketball coach. Gensler becomes the 11th coach in the program's 49-year history.

Gensler's hiring is pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.

Gensler will usher in the 50th season of Akron Zips women's basketball during his inaugural campaign on the sidelines in 2023-24.

"Our goal is to build and sustain a championship-caliber program that contends for MAC titles and NCAA Tournament berths on an annual basis," Guthrie said. "I believe that Ryan brings the vision, experience and deep roots in Ohio that will allow the Zips to reach new heights. "More importantly, during the process Ryan demonstrated a strong commitment to develop well-rounded leaders on the court and in the classroom."

"I am absolutely thrilled to join the Akron Zips family," Gensler said. "I want to thank President Gary L. Miller, Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie and the team of administrators for their confidence in me to lead this program. We will work tirelessly to help our student-athletes compete with a championship mentality on the court, in the classroom, and in the Akron community."

Gensler comes to Akron with more than a decade of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level. He spent the 2022-23 campaign at Big Ten Conference member Illinois, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In his lone season in Champaign, Gensler helped guide Illinois to its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since the 2002-03 campaign.

Illinois secured the biggest one-year turnaround in Big Ten Conference play in program history, garnering 10 more victories (11) than last season's total (1). This tied the best one-year league improvement in wins in conference history. Illinois won 15 more games (22) than last season's total of seven. The one year overall improvement is the largest in program history, and the third largest turnaround in conference history.

Gensler joined Illinois after a five-year run at the University of Dayton, where he helped guide the Flyers to three NCAA Tournament berths and a pair of WNIT appearances. During his time at Dayton, the Flyers won four Atlantic 10 regular season titles and one tournament championship.
 


MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin women's basketball guard Maty Wilke has entered the transfer portal.

Wilke confirmed the news to Sports Director Karley Marotta.

The redshirt freshman who started every game this season averaged 11.8 points per game for the Badgers this season— including six straight games in double figures. Wilke also added 3.9 rebounds per game this year.
 



I think she may have been a 4 star recruit at one point but this shows 3 star.




 


I think she may have been a 4 star recruit at one point but this shows 3 star.




Maty played AAU at North Tartan with Mara Braun and was recruited by the Gophers. Possible pickup for the Gophers?
 



This season shot .349 3-points shooting (61-178). Had 17 points and five 3-pointers against Purdue.






Had 144 rebounds and 55 steals on 983 minutes. Had seven steals against Minnesota.


Shot .428 on field goals. .865 on free throws.
 



Recently axed from the head job at Xavier, Melanie Moore returns to Michigan.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Women's Basketball Coach Kim Barnes Arico announced the addition of Melanie Moore as an assistant coach of the women's basketball program on Thursday (March 30). Moore, who spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Xavier, returns to Ann Arbor where she worked alongside Barnes Arico from 2012-19.

"I am so excited to bring Mel and her family back to Ann Arbor," Barnes Arico said. "She was so instrumental in helping elevate this program to the level it is at today. She helped recruit and develop one of the most successful classes in Michigan women's basketball history. Mel is one of the best in the business at coaching the post position, recruiting and working with Michigan greats like Naz Hillmon and Hallie Thome. She brings so much positive energy and passion to this job and has the ability to connect with everyone."

"My family and I are ecstatic to be heading back to Michigan, a place we called home for seven amazing years," Moore said. "I am very thankful to Kim for welcoming us back and giving me this incredible opportunity to rejoin her on the sidelines. Michigan women's basketball is an elite program, and I am excited to build on their past success and win championships with these amazing student-athletes."

While at Xavier, Moore coached two players to All-Big East honors, coming from All-Freshman honoree Fernanda Ovalle this past season and A'riana Gray after she led the conference in rebounding in 2019-20. Xavier won the 2022 Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout against Cincinnati and had three players named CSC Academic All-District. Xavier had 16 players earn Academic All-Big East Honors during her four seasons, with Ayanna Townsend being named the 2021-22 Big East Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Musketeer to earn the academic honor.

During her first stint at Michigan, Moore helped the Wolverines to a 156-85 overall record and postseason berths in all seven seasons, including three NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2017 WNIT title. She was responsible for coaching and developing the post players, most notably Thome and Hillmon, two of Michigan's four 2,000-point scorers in program history. She teamed up with Hillmon during her freshman season after recruiting her from Cleveland, with her work helping Hillmon become the first 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound player in Michigan history and the highest WNBA draft pick in program history. Moore also served as recruiting coordinator, helping Michigan sign multiple top-25 ranked recruiting classes, highlighted by the No. 12-ranked class in 2018.

Moore came to Michigan in 2012 after a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Princeton. The Tigers posted a 95-50 record during her time on the bench. The Tigers also won three conference titles, earning three NCAA Tournament berths.

Moore also has served as an assistant coach at Dayton (2006-07), Indiana State (2004-06) and Siena (2002-04).

Moore graduated from Siena in 1999 with a degree in finance and spent two years following graduation playing professionally in Luxembourg and Israel
 




There's buzz from Badger fans that the program is not doing well. Can't blame departures.

 

Maty played AAU at North Tartan with Mara Braun and was recruited by the Gophers. Possible pickup for the Gophers?
She was recruited by South Dakota coach Kayla Karius when she was at Wisconsin her sister Gabby is a USD commit
 



MSU's Taiyer Parks enters portal:

Michigan State women’s basketball’s senior forward Taiyier Parks announced her intention to enter the transfer portal via her social media Friday. Parks is the second Spartan starter to enter the portal after sophomore guard/forward Matilda Ekh.

The news comes after the program announced its replacement for head coach Suzy Merchant this afternoon in Robyn Fralick.
In her final two seasons with the Spartans, Parks earned Academic All-Big Ten honors twice, as well as finishing in the top 25 in the Big Ten in rebounding in both seasons. She finished her junior year averaging 6.5 rebounds, good for 12th in the conference. She also finished her third season in the green and white blocking 0.9 shots per contest, allowing her to finish 17th in the league.
Sophomore forward Isaline Alexander will now be expected to become the full time starter as she slid into the starting lineup in replace of Parks midway through last season.
 


MSU's Taiyer Parks enters portal:

6' 3" forward would project to rotation/backup center behind Hart. Averaged 2.6 offensive rebounds and 2.6 defensive rebounds a game. Has a good catch and turn to score move. Never shoots 3's (attempted 1 this season and missed it).
 

The Bowling Green head coach some folks on this board were interested in to lead the Gophers will be the new head coach at Michigan State.

She is good basketball coach. Happy with who Gophers hired. MSU, coach Fralick grew up by there, once that job opened up, figured she would be there next coach.
 


Michigan picks up forward Taylor Williams


After a few departures via the transfer portal, the Michigan women’s basketball team secured its first addition Saturday.

Taylor Williams, a redshirt junior forward who played three seasons at Western Michigan, announced her commitment to the Wolverines via Instagram Saturday.

In the 2022-23 season, Williams was named to the MAC All-Defensive team and received an All-MAC honorable mention, the latter of which was the second such nod of her career.


Williams transfers to the Wolverines with two years of eligibility left due to a redshirt in the 2019-2020 season and the COVID-19 year. She led the Broncos in rebounds and blocks per game last season and was second in points per game. Williams has the potential to make an immediate impact on a Michigan frontcourt that’s graduating its leader in graduate forward Emily Kiser, especially if she can help fill the defensive void Kiser’s graduation creates.

Williams averaged 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds this past season and posted similar numbers over her three years at Western Michigan, with career averages of 13 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. She started nearly every game she played over her career, including starts in 26 out of 28 appearances last season.

While the Broncos finished in the bottom third of the MAC standings last season, Williams was one of their bright spots. Bringing her talents to the Big Ten, Williams will certainly be facing tougher competition.

But for a Michigan team that’s shaping up to look different than the previous season once again, Williams has the potential to be a key figure.
 


Kelly Komara returns to Purdue as associate head coach. Komara coached the previous two seasons at Marquette

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A Boilermaker legend will join head coach Katie Gearlds on the sidelines at Mackey Arena starting next season as Purdue Women's Basketball welcomed Kelly Komara back home as an associate head coach.

One of the top guards to play for Purdue, Komara helped guide the Boilermakers to the 1999 NCAA National Championship and runner-up honors in 2001. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, the 2001 NCAA Mideast Regional Most Outstanding Player and 2002 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Komara brings with her a proven track record of player development and being an effective recruiter.

Komara spent the last two seasons on staff at Marquette.

"I never thought I'd meet someone who loved Purdue as much as me, but Kelly Komara is it," Gearlds said. "I am so excited to have Kelly back home to help get Purdue back to where it belongs. Kelly was a part of that generation that set the standard. She knows what it takes to get there. I can't wait to see how much our players will benefit from her coaching and pure passion for Purdue. It's always rewarding to welcome another Boilermaker back home."

One of seven Boilermakers in history to score over 1,000 points, dish out 400 assists and record 200 steals, Komara is back on the sidelines at Mackey Arena for the second time, following two seasons from 2014-16.

"I'm both incredibly thankful and beyond excited to be coming home," Komara said. "Katie is a proven winner and fearless competitor. Her love for our alma mater runs deep. I want to join her in elevating Purdue Women's Basketball back to the top of the Big Ten. Purdue basketball prides itself on toughness, integrity and excellence. I bleed black and gold and can't wait to be back in Mackey, again!"

Leading a dynamic backcourt in Milwaukee the last two seasons, Komara helped the Golden Eagles to back-to-back postseason appearances, including the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed in 2023.

Her final campaign at Marquette was highlighted by unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team honoree Jordan King, who finished in the top 10 of the league in scoring and assists. Komara was instrumental in helping Mackenzie Hare and Emily La Chapell earn BIG EAST All-Freshmen laurels in 2022-23. Marquette ranked as one of the most efficient offenses in the BIG EAST, averaging 16.5 assists per game with a 1.22 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Komara helped the Golden Eagles to a 23-11 record in 2021-22 and reach the third round of the WNIT. Marquette ranked among the nation's elite in ball movement and passing efficiency. They averaged 18.0 assists per game to rank eighth in the NCAA, while holding a 1.21 assist/turnover ratio. Additionally, MU ranked near the top of the league in both field goal percentage (.435) and 3-point field goal percentage (.345).

Komara joined Marquette's coaching staff following five years at Vanderbilt under fellow Purdue legend and national championship teammate Stephanie White. Komara served as the associate head coach from 2018-21 after starting as an assistant coach from 2016-18.

Komara has proven herself to be an exceptional recruiter and developer of talent. From 2017-19, she helped sign three consecutive recruiting classes that ranked in the top-20 nationally. In her five years at Vandy, she recruited and coached seven SEC All-Conference selections, notably helping Chelsie Hall to a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team in 2017-18. In 2019-20, Jordyn Cambridge led the league in steals and earned SEC All-Defensive team honors.

In 2019-20 Komara oversaw the first Commodore duo to post more than 100 assists apiece in nearly a decade. Hall led the team with 117 assists, while Cambridge became the first Vanderbilt player with 100+ assists (105) and 80+ steals (85) in a season in over two decades. Komara also served as the team's defensive coordinator, director of non-conference scheduling, head of scouting and the liaison to the strength and conditioning coach.

Komara's first time on the sidelines in West Lafayette came during two seasons from 2014-16. She helped lead her alma mater to a 20-12 record in 2015-16 and an NCAA tournament berth. She coached four All-B1G honorees and brought in the ninth ranked recruiting class in 2015.

In her two years at Albany prior to her time at Purdue, Komara helped the team to two NCAA tournament berths while achieving a combined 55-9 (32-1 America East) record. She recruited and developed 14 all-league selections, including two players of the year and a defensive player of the year.

Komara has also worked at Valparaiso, Auburn and Northwestern in a variety of roles.

In 2002, she was drafted in the WNBA third round by the Indiana Fever and played professionally for the Grand Rapids Blizzards in the National Women's Basketball League. Komara also played professionally for Panathinaikos Basketball club in Athens, Greece.

Komara played for Purdue during arguably the best four-year stretch in program history. The Boilermakers reached the 1999 and 2001 NCAA National Championship Games, four NCAA Tournaments, three Big Ten Regular Season titles and two Big Ten Tournament Championships.

Purdue went 34-1 in 1998-99, including wins over No. 1 Tennessee and No. 3/4 Louisiana Tech to lift the NCAA National Championship, becoming the only program from the Big Ten to win a women's basketball national title.

Komara played 134 games for the Old Gold and Black, making 99 starts. She averaged 9.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Her senior season as a team captain in 2001-02 saw her reach new heights with 12.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Her 120 steals her senior season is still the single-season record at Purdue.

Komara ranks 22nd in program history with 1,266 career points, 17th in free throws made with 283, 12th with 402 assists, fifth in steals with 297, 10th in games played and 17th in games started.

During her four-year playing career, Komara and the 2002 graduating class went 112-22 (83.6%) which is the best winning percentage by a class in program history, while ranking third in total wins. Komara's class also holds the Purdue record for best Big Ten winning percentage at 84.4% with a 54-10 mark. The Boilermakers appeared in every AP Top-25 poll and reached the top 10 for 51 of 74 weeks. Komara finished with 23 ranked victories.

She was also granted the prestigious Mackey Award and Varsity Walk Award as a senior by the Purdue administration.

A native of Schererville, Indiana, and standout at Lake Central High, Komara was named Indiana's Miss Basketball after averaging 21.5 points per game as a senior. She was the fourth Indiana Miss Basketball to play for Purdue.

Komara earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Purdue University in 2002. She went on to receive her master's degree in higher education and sports management from Auburn in 2006.

Komara and her wife, Jenn, have two children, Kennedy and Hudson.
 


Article says Lauren Betts has been linked to the Hawkeyes

Iowa women’s basketball forward Shateah Wetering has entered the transfer portal, multiple sources confirmed on Tuesday.

Wetering, a redshirt sophomore, has been with the Hawkeyes for three seasons and will have three years of eligibility remaining. She joined the Hawkeyes in 2020 and played in seven games her freshman season. Wetering then tore her ACL ahead of the 2021-22 season, sitting out the entire year.

The Montezuma, Iowa, native, played sparingly again this season, appearing in 14 games and registering 18 total points and 12 rebounds.


The Hawkeyes previously had all 15 scholarships filled for next season — center Monika Czinano and forward McKenna Warnock left the program, while guard Kennise Johnson-Etienne and forward Ava Jones will enter. But Wetering’s transfer will open up a scholarship spot for the Hawkeyes for 2023-24.

Iowa, the national runner-up in the 2023 NCAA Tournament, has been linked to Stanford transfer and 6-foot-7 center Lauren Betts as a potential replacement for Czinano.

Betts, a former No. 1 recruit who picked Stanford over Notre Dame, Oregon, UConn, and South Carolina, averaged 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game for the Cardinal in her freshman season in 2022-23.

Betts also went to the same high school, Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado, as Hawkeye sophomore center Addison O’Grady.
 


Article says Lauren Betts has been linked to the Hawkeyes
Betts to Iowa is a Hawkeye dream, but not reality.
 


Illinois add NC State grad transfer 6'3" Camille Hobby.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Fighting Illini head coach Shauna Green has announced the addition of Camille Hobby to the women's basketball program. Hobby – a graduate transfer from NC State – has signed a Big Ten Tender of Financial Aid with the University of Illinois and is set to join the program for the 2023-24 season.

"I am so excited to have Camille join our family," opened Green. "Camille is exactly what we were looking for. She is someone who can score inside and brings a great defensive presence to our interior. I love that Camille has four years of playing experience in a successful program and knows what it takes to win championships! I recruited Camille out of high school and can't wait to finally have the opportunity to coach her. She fits our style and most importantly our culture. Camille is a fierce competitor that wants to do whatever it takes to win! I can't wait to get her here to campus to get to work."

Hobby is a 6-foot-3-inch center from Jacksonville, Florida. She started all 32 games for the Wolfpack last season while averaging 8.8 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and 21.3 minutes per game. Hobby went 118-of-228 from the field for a 51.8 efficiency from the floor.

"I chose Illinois because of the coaching staff and family environment," shared Hobby. "I'm so excited to join the Fighting Illini family and be a part of what's next at Illinois."

Across her four-year career at NC State, Hobby has started 33 games while playing in 113. The rising graduate student appeared in every game for NCST across the last three seasons. She's amassed 618 points, 311 rebounds, 46 blocks and 42 assists across 1,532 minutes of action. During that span, NC State posted an overall record of 102-23, which included a 52-16 record in ACC play as well as a 10-1 mark in ACC Tournaments. The Wolfpack qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four years with Hobby on the roster, posting a 5-3 overall mark while making an Elite 8 and Sweet 16 appearance.

Hobby earned her undergraduate degree in sport management from NC State in December 2022 and began work towards a graduate degree during the spring semester.

Hobby will reunite with former NC State turned Illini teammate Genesis Bryant. The duo played the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons together.

Additionally, Hobby will mark the third Miss Basketball to join the Illini squad. The transfer was named Florida's Miss Basketball in 2019. Rising junior Adalia McKenzie was Minnesota's Miss Basketball in 2021. Most recently, Illini signee Gretchen Dolan was named New York's Miss Basketball for 2023.

Playing her prep ball at Nease High School, Hobby was also tabbed the Class 7A Player of the Year in Florida while leading her squad to the Florida State Playoffs championship game. Hobby was also named to the 2019 All-USA Today Florida Girls High School Basketball First Team and recognized as the Jacksonville Times-Union All-First Coast Player of the Year
 


Some details of Robyn Fralick's MSU contract

Fralick, 41, will earn $900,000 in base pay under the terms of the deal, as well as another $75,000 for media appearances and $25,000 for a shoe and apparel deal.

Fralick will be one of at least three Big Ten women's basketball coaches with a known salary of at least $1 million, including Maryland's Brenda Frese and Iowa's Lisa Bluder, who just led the Hawkeyes to the national title game
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Under the deal, Fralick also has extensive bonus opportunities, including $30,000 for winning at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title; $15,000 for winning the Big Ten tournament; $10,000 each for an NCAA Tournament First Four, first-round and second-round appearance; $25,000 for making the Sweet 16; $50,000 for making the Elite Eight; $75,000 for making the Final Four; $100,000 for making the championship game; and $100,000 for winning it all. Fralick also would get $25,000 if named Big Ten coach of the year, and $25,000 for national coach of the year.

Fralick also gets the standard Michigan State coach benefits, including up to two courtesy cars, a membership to a country club or social club, and tickets to football, basketball and hockey games.
 


Destiny Adams, a North Carolina transfer, has landed at Rutgers.

Rutgers Women's Basketball has landed their first transfer of the offseason as former North Carolina guard / wing and New Jersey native Destiny Adams took to social media on Saturday night to announce her intentions to come back home and finish out her career playing for her home state school in Rutgers.

Adams was listed as a 6-foot-3 wing for the Tar Heels last season and appeared in 33 games while making four starts for the program. During that same span, Adams averaged 4.1ppg and 3.8rpg while shooting 46.5% from the floor. She also had a career high of 23 points versus South Carolina State back in mid November.

As mentioned above, Adams will be returning to her home state of New Jersey as she is originally a Manchester, New Jersey native and played her high school ball for Manchester Township High School before enrolling at North Carolina.

Destiny Adams will have two years of eligibility remaining to play on the banks.

Now this news could also be big for the men's basketball program as well. How you might ask?

When Destiny posted her news about her decision to enter the portal and leave North Carolina, she posted the news on Instagram and her younger brother

Darius Adams
, who also happens to be a top 2025 target for the Rutgers men's basketball program commented on it and said "imma go wherever u go so", meaning he will go to the same school that she ends up at, which in this case happens to be Rutgers.


On top of all that, the Adams family as a whole has a family tradition of sort when it comes to basketball as dad started an AAU program (Jersey Warriors), one of the Adams girls plays for Rowan, the other now plays for Rutgers and Darius is ranked No. 24 overall in his class. So the basketball ties run deep in the family
 


Destiny Adams, a North Carolina transfer, has landed at Rutgers.

That is a fantastic pickup for Rutgers -- and a terrific match. Adams is from New Jersey.

She was an elite prospect coming out of high school and landed at elite basketball school North Carolina with stars in her eyes, I'm sure. Well, she didn't get to play like she expected. Schools like that may have other stars ahead of you.

I believe she wants to be great and so lookout now for Rutgers too. Yikes!



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Huskers add Montana State grad transfer Darian White

The Nebraska women's basketball team will get a boost in the backcourt for 2023-24 with the addition of graduate transfer Darian White, Husker Head Coach Amy Williams announced on Tuesday, April 18.

White, a four-year starter at Montana State, became the first player in Big Sky Conference history to total more than 1,700 points, 600 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals in a career. A unanimous first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection for the third consecutive season in 2022-23, the 5-6 guard closed her Bobcat career at No. 2 on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,716 points in 120 career starts. She added 612 rebounds, 449 assists and 260 steals to help Montana State to 84 victories over four seasons, including a trip to the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

"Darian is the perfect fit for our Nebraska women's basketball family," Williams said. "She brings a lot of experience in the guard position. Not only was she named first-team all-conference on multiple occasions, but she was twice named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Sky. We love that she is motivated on both sides of the ball and capable of making everyone around her better."

White started all 31 games as a senior at Montana State in 2022-23, averaging team bests of 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists while adding 1.1 steals per game. She hit 41.7 percent (151-362) of her shots from the field and 75.7 percent (131-173) of her free throws for the 20-11 Bobcats, who finished 13-5 in the Big Sky.

White was the MVP of the 2022 Big Sky Tournament after averaging 18.3 points, 5.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals over three games to lead the Bobcats to the tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament to face Stanford. She also captured Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season in 2021-22, after leading the conference with 84 steals to rank 15th in the NCAA. She led Montana State with team bests of 15.6 points, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals while adding 4.9 rebounds over 34 starts as a first-team All-Big Sky pick. She also ranked 15th nationally in free throws made (162) and attempted (200), while hitting 76 percent of her free throws.

The 2021 Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year, White earned first-team all-conference honors after leading Montana State in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounding (5.1 rpg), assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.7 spg).

White put together arguably the best freshman season in Montana State history by ranking second on the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.8 ppg), while leading the Bobcats in both assists (3.4 apg) and steals (2.5 spg). She was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year and was an honorable-mention All-Big Sky choice. Playing alongside Big Sky Player of the Year Fallyn Freije (13.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg), White helped Montana State to the conference regular-season title and a trip to the Big Sky Tournament Championship Game. However, the tournament title game was canceled by the onset of COVID-19, as the Bobcats finished with a 25-6 overall record and a 19-1 Big Sky mark. She averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists in two Big Sky Tournament games.

A native of Boise, White was the 2019 Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year at Mountain View High School. The Idaho Press Player of the Year, White averaged 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.4 steals on her way to 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year honors. She was also named the 5A Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year. She led Mountain View to a 25-1 record and a state runner-up finish as a senior in 2018-19. As a junior, White was second-team 5A All-Idaho after averaging 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.5 steals. She played her club basketball for Idaho Hoop Dreams.

The daughter of Derrick White and Amy Myers, Darian earned Academic All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2021 and 2022 as a community health major. She is expected to graduate from Montana State on May 12.
 


Related to a few conversations, South Dakota prospects and coaches, Minnesota Lynx....

SDSU player signs training camp contract with Lynx. She's a former South Dakota Miss Basketball and two-time Summit League Player of the Year.

 




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