The West Virginia Mountaineers are working on assembling their 2023-24 women’s basketball roster and we’ll track every move here throughout the offseason.
Mark Kellogg: The Mountaineers hired Kellogg to take over for Dawn Plitzuweit on April 3. Kellogg was last at Stephen F. Austin, one of a handful of programs with 1,000 or more all-time victories. Kellogg is the sixth-winningest active Division I women’s basketball coach in the country with a career-winning percentage of .788. He has spent the last eight seasons with Stephen F. Austin where he compiled a 195-55 record.
G Madisen Smith: Smith played her final season at WVU and was one of the primary drivers for the team’s return to the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 14.1 points and 3.0 assists per game.
G Sarah Bates: She was in her final year of eligibility for the Mountaineers. Bates averaged 2.3 points last season.
G Danni Nichols: She was in her final year of eligibility for the Mountaineers. She averaged 4.7 points last season.
G Imarianah Russell: After one season at WVU, she is no longer listed on the roster.
F Isis Beh: Beh opted to transfer after the season and committed to Arizona. She averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds last season.
G/F Wynter Rogers: Rogers opted to transfer after the season and committed to Arkansas State. Rogers played in just 14 games last season.
G/F Savannah Samuel: Samuel opted to transfer after the season and committed to Boston College. She averaged 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds last season.
Arrivals Via Transfer
G Jordan Harrison: One of two Stephen F. Austin players to follow Kellogg to Morgantown, Harrison was the WAC Newcomer of the Year last season. She committed to join the Mountaineers on April 13. She averaged 12.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. She could be Smith’s replacement at point guard.
G Lauren Fields: Fields committed to transfer from Arizona to join the Mountaineers as a graduate transfer. Two years ago at Oklahoma State, Fields averaged 15.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game, as she earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors.
G Zya Nugent: The second SFA transfer, Nugent didn’t play last season due to injury. Two seasons ago at SFA, Nugent averaged 12.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
F Tirzah Moore: WVU announced her signing on May 9. The former Oral Roberts forward Moore averaged a double-double with 12.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Her freshman year she was the Summit League Freshman of the Year. She has two years of eligibility remaining.
Expected to Return
G Jayla Hemingway: She announced on May 1 that she was use her COVID year to return to the Mountaineers next season. Hemingway averaged 9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds last season.
G JJ Quinerly: The junior was WVU’s leading scorer last season, averaging 14.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. She has two years of eligibility remaining.
G Kyah Watson: Watson transferred to WVU with Plituweit from South Dakota after last season. Watson returns after averaging 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds as a full-time starter.
F Kylee Blacksten: Blacksten enters her senior season after transferring to the program from Colorado before last season. She averaged 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
F Tavy Diggs: She transferred to WVU from TCU before last season and returns for a fifth year of college basketball. She played in 31 games last season but only started one. She averaged 2.2 points and 2.5 rebounds.
F Messiah Hunter: She enters her redshirt sophomore season having played 14 games last season.
Class of 2023 Recruits
F Ayianna Johnson, 6-foot-3 (Jefferson, WI): Johnson is the only recruit left from Plitzuweit’s 2023 signing class. In her senior season she averaged 16.6 points.
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