Coaching changes and losing records have driven Big 12 women’s basketball into the transfer portal as of April 6.
Two Big 12 coaches resigned or retired at season’s end — Oklahoma State’s Jim Littell and West Virginia’s Mike Carey. Both have been replaced. OSU hired former Kansas City head coach Jacie Hoyt and West Virginia hired former South Dakota head coach Dawn Plitzuweit.
Both programs have lost a good portion of the roster to the transfer portal.
Shortly after Littell’s fate was sealed and Boyd was hired, leading scorer Lauren Fields put her name into the transfer portal. The Oklahoma State star can return after testing the waters, but anecdotally most players to put their name in the portal don’t come back. Forward Tracey Bershers, guard N’Yah Boyd, forward Tori Garza and forward Brittany Reeves are also in the portal.
In Morgantown, in between Carey’s retirement and Plitzuweit’s hiring, last season’s leading scorer, KK Deans, put her name into the portal, along with forward Kari Niblack. The Mountaineers now have six players in the portal since the start of last season, a list that now includes forward Esmery Martinez.
In Fort Worth, the vote of confidence that athletic director Jeremiah Donati had for head coach Raegan Pebley didn’t help when it came to the transfer portal. The Horned Frogs have seven five players since the start of last season, and two have already found homes —forward Aaliyah Morgan (Louisiana Tech) and guard Emma Schmidt (Duke).
Meanwhile, Texas Tech is the only Big 12 that has taken in two transfers. Tech took in Mississippi State’s Jasmine Shavers in November. Last week, the Lady Raiders took in Texas transfer Ashley Chevalier.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball 2021-22 Transfers
(Out: after 2021-22 season; In: for 2022-23 season; new/old school in parenthesis)
Out: G Kamaria McDaniel
Out: G Maggie Frederick
Out: G Erica Haynes-Overton, G Aniya Thomas.
Out: G Jada Moore, G Marlene Lind Pedersen, F Rachel Ranke.
Out: F Gabby Gregory, F Bre’yon White.
Out: G Lauren Fields, F Tracey Bershers, G N’Yah Boyd, F Tori Garza, F Brittany Reeves.
In: G Naomie Alnatas (Kansas City), G Landry Williams (Kansas City).
In: G KN’isha Godfrey (from Mississippi State)
Out: F Chantae Embry
In: G Jasmine Shavers (from Mississippi State), G Ashley Chevalier (Texas)
Transfers verified at players’ social media, team releases, wbbblog.com