The Scoop on D3 Women’s Hoops: Blinstrub retires at Babson + Highlighting more multi-sport athletes in D3 women’s basketball

By Riley Zayas

June 30, 2023

On the coaching front….things have really picked up! Wanted to come on here and post the second edition of my series highlighting the multi-sport athletes in D3 women’s hoops but also catch you up on some of the recent coaching chances that have taken place within the last 48-72 hours.

No coaching announcement is bigger than the news released the morning that Babson head coach—legendary Babson head coach—Judy Blinstrub has retired after leading the Beavers for 39 seasons. That is an incredible career. When you think about how far D-III has come since she took over the program in 1984, it is incredible. She leaves the sidelines 11th in D-III women’s basketball in all-time wins, with a 719-330 record at Babson. She is the only coach in D-III history with 700+ wins in basketball and 200+ wins in soccer.

Not to mention she led the Beavers to 23 postseason appearances, including 12 NCAA Tournament runs. Babson has long been a power in the NEWMAC and Blinstrub brought so much experience and poise to her team as she led them through what was often a stacked regular season slate. Those will be big shoes to fill for whoever follows her as head coach of that program!

“Babson has been a part of my family and my home for so long,” said Blinstrub in a press release. “I have so many wonderful memories to reflect on. The student-athletes that I have had the opportunity to coach and mentor will forever have a special place in my heart. I will always treasure all the relationships I have formed in the Babson community and beyond throughout my career.”

She guided Babson to a MAIAW championship back in 1986 and the accomplishments for Babson women’s basketball continue to build from there. In the 14 full seasons from 2008-09 to 2022-23, Babson won 20 games or more in 11 of those.

“Coach, mentor, leader are only a few of the adjectives that can describe Coach Blinstrub,” said Megan Bauman, one of the stars of this past year’s Babson squad. “Throughout her illustrious career she has left a mark on the game of basketball and countless student-athletes. Her coaching ability speaks for itself with over 700 career wins and numerous Coach of the Year honors. However, the hours behind the scenes – recruiting, scouting or even sitting down with players to simply ask how they are doing is the reason she and the program were so successful.”

Blinstrub certainly leaves behind a lasting legacy. Congratulations to her on everything she accomplished in her 39 seasons there!

Announcement: https://babsonathletics.com/news/2023/6/30/womens-basketball-blinstrub-announces-retirement-after-39-years-at-babson.aspx


In other coaching news…

  • Misericordia HC Jason Rhine has resigned after seven years of leading the program. No official announcement was made by the university, but I have confirmed the move. D3.ticker first reported the coaching change.
  • Cassandra Taylor was hired as the new head coach at Valley Forge, a UEC institution that went 6-17 in 2022-23. Taylor most recently served as the associate head coach at John Jay University, where she coached for five years. This will be her first head coaching gig. UVF AD Gretchen LeVan coached the team as the interim head coach this past season, so this was technically a job that was open dating back to last season.
  • Mitchell also hired its next women’s basketball head coach earlier in the week, as Ashley Wilson comes from D-I Central Connecticut State, where she spent the last two years as an assistant. A standout at Wayne State, where she graduated in 2016, Wilson played professionally overseas and spent the 2020-21 season as head coach at Putnam Science Academy (high school). Like Taylor at Valley Forge, this will be just the second collegiate program Wilson has coached for during her career.
  • Greensboro completed its coaching search rather quickly, and has hired Laquanda Dawkins Prince as head coach. This will be Prince’s first D-III coaching position, but she has extensive D-I and D-II experience. The last six years, however, she has coached at the high school level, leading the nationally-acclaimed program at Yulee High School in Jacksonville, Florida. She has coached six All-Americans during her coaching career and 19 All-Conference selections.

Multi-Sport D3 WBB student-athletes
Raegan Sorensen | UW-Stout | Track, Basketball

Sorensen finished her sophomore year with numerous honors in both basketball and track, contributing significantly to Stout’s success across both sports. On the court, where Stout finished as the Co-Regular Season Champs in the WIAC, Sorensen did a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor. She played in all 26 games, starting 13, and led the Blue Devils with 15.8 points per game. But that’s not all! She averaged a team-best 7.3 rebounds per contest, tallied 55 steals (another team-high) and shot 45% from 3-point range on 60 3-point attempts. Sorensen deservedly earned First Team All-WIAC honors as well as an All-Region selection from D3hoops.com.

On the track, she finished as an All-America selection in the Javelin, finishing fourth overall at the NCAA Championships in Rochester. Her throw of 44.12 meters at nationals broke the Stout record, a record she had claimed with her throw a week earlier at the UWL Final Qualifier. Amazingly, in the span of a week, Sorensen broke her own school record by 13 feet! That came after narrowly earning a spot in the field at nationals, as she threw over five meters further at the UWL Final Qualifier than she had at the WIAC Championships two weeks prior. Sorensen is also a talented pole vaulter and holds a PB of 3.71 meters, set back in April.

I’ll go out on a limb and say that Sorensen may have had the best year of any of the multi-sport D3 women’s basketball players in 2022-23. “All-American” is a prestigious honor, and then to succeed in the way she did on the court in quite possibly the strongest league in the nation…it deserves some serious recognition.

Claire Greene | Rhode Island College | Lacrosse, Basketball

Greene was spectacular for Rhode Island College in lacrosse this past season, leading the team in points (32), goals (31), and shots (75). The freshman from Storrs, CT was the only player with double digits in goals as the next-highest scorer had eight. She started in 11 games, playing her first match on March 20, just days after basketball season concluded with RIC’s Final Four run.

In basketball, she played in 28 games with two starts, averaging 14.1 minutes per game. Greene had 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, and made the most of her opportunities on a team that caught fire late in the season, and finished with a 28-4 record. Greene is likely to see more action this coming season on the court, considering RIC graduated a handful of seniors.

Ella Mackiewicz | UW-Platteville | Track & Field, Basketball

Another WIAC star-in-the-making, Mackiewicz was only a freshman this past year, yet accomplished a great deal for Platteville in both basketball and track & field.
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The Kansas native started in all 26 games for UWP, leading the Pioneers in virtually every stat category. She tallied 11.5 points per game, including 23 in a dramatic 61-52 upset of first-place UW-Whitewater on Feb. 15. Her 5.2 rebounds also ranked No. 1 on the team and she was the only player to average more than one steal per game (1.7). That led to her selection as both the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Newcomer of the Year and WIAC Newcomer of the Year.

As a high jumper in track & field, Mackiewicz posted six Top-5 finishes, and placed second at the WIAC Championships with a mark of 1.56 meter. She set a new PB with her fourth-place finish at the Eagle Open on May 12, recording a jump of 1.59 meters. The future is certainly bright for Mackiewicz, as she enters her sophomore year aiming to build on a very noteworthy freshman campaign. Not many student-athletes can easily adjust to the level of competition at the college in one sport, much less two, along with adjusting to the academics and living multiple states away from home. But Mackiewicz definitely seemed to do that this past year.


That’s a wrap for this post! I’ll be back on Monday with another edition of “Schedule analysis”, looking at the 2023-24 slates for Hope, Trine, Carnegie Mellon, and Trinity (CT). Can’t wait! Have a great weekend.

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The Scoop on D3 Women’s Hoops: Schedule Analysis Part I + Coaching changes of note

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day on Monday. Thought I’d check in with another post as we head into the month of June! I said I would take a look at some schedules that have already been released, so here you go!

One of the first complete 2023-24 schedules I found was that of Berry College. Coming off a 16-11, 8-6 SAA season, the Vikings are seeking improvement, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are firmly in the SAA title race once we hit mid-February. I have not had a chance to confirm what their roster will look like, but at first glance, this is a team that will bring back three of its top five scorers from a year ago, and its top rebounder in Elly Callihan, who was just a freshman last season.

Getting to the schedule, this one is well put together. Berry is more or less an “island” team in that they are somewhat geographically isolated from the bulk of D-III programs in the midwest and northeast. Highlighting the slate is a trip to New York City Dec. 19-20 for the “New York Shootout”. I anticipate this will be hosted at NYU’s brand-new state-of-the-art gym. We’ll see.

I also liked the fact that they will be at the Emory Tip-Off Classic in Atlanta Nov. 18-19, as that event always draws a good out-of-region team or two, along with Emory itself. Playing Guilford at home on Dec. 30 could be an RRO opportunity for Berry.

Calvin’s 2023-24 schedule also dropped last week. This is an exciting one, for a number of reasons. One, even without Gabby Timmer, I anticipate being very much in the fight for the MIAA title with Trine and Hope, as usual. Two, there is a massive opportunity for some significant RRO wins within the non-conference slate.

There are actually only three real opponents listed so far…but we do know that the Lake Forest Tournament, DePauw Tournament, and Trine Classic will all bring in top quality competition. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see four or more RRO opportunities over the span of those six games, especially at the Trine Classic (Dec. 19-20). We do know Calvin will play UW-Whitewater on Nov. 25, just before MIAA play tips off against Trine. The matchup with Whitewater could be interesting, as the games played just after Thanksgiving tend to be slightly unpredictable.

Matchups with Hope will be Dec. 9 (@ Hope, 7 PM) and Jan. 27 (@ Calvin, 3 PM).

Though I know most schedules are set well in advance of the conclusion of the previous season, it is often interesting to see if coaches try to put tougher opponents on the slate to boost SOS or results vs RROs after being left out of the national tournament.

This likely wasn’t intentional, because again, schedules for the upcoming season are usually determined before a team is ever left out of the tournament field, but I’d guess that Washington & Jefferson will have a better SOS in 2023-24. They did play Marietta and Ohio Northern last season, but this year, they’re going to get 2 of the 3 of Ohio Wesleyan, Carnegie Mellon, and Pitt-Greensburg to open the season at home, followed by Marietta at home, and two games at the Otterbein Tournament. The PAC will be a wide-open league this year, and more than likely a one-bid league. But W&J is putting itself in a good position early with a chance for some RRO wins before Christmas.

Those are three that caught my eye this week. I have a full running list of released schedules and I’ll be sure to mention a few more in a post next week!

The coaching carousel also continued spinning in the early part of this week. Somewhat hard to keep track of all the moving parts and pieces, but we have a few head coaching vacancies along with a handful of hires announced.

Starting with the hires…

Wilmington (OAC): Hired Sydney Moss after she helped the Quakers to a 14-12 record, one of the best marks in recent years, as the program’s lead assistant. Last season was her first year at Wilmington, though she served in the same capacity at Thomas More for two years prior.

Colby Sawyer (GNAC): Brought Tim Viola on board as head coach after he spent portions of the last six years as an assistant at D-II Assumption. Assumption reached the Elite Eight this past year with a 27-6 record. Viola takes over a GNAC program that went 9-17 in 2022-23.

Lakeland (NACC): Tabbed Ashley Lona, an assistant from Redlands, as the program’s next head coach. Lona has experience coaching at all three levels of the NCAA. She replaced Amber Peterson, who is now an assistant at D-II Augustana (S.D.).

Departures…

Greensboro (USA South): Heather Macy, USA South Coach of the Year this past season, will leave the D-III ranks for a head coaching job at D-II Barry in Miami. This past year, Greensboro went 18-0 in conference play, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.

Southwestern (SCAC): I have confirmed that Greta Gritti is no longer head coach at Southwestern in Texas. D3Ticker was first to report it. Gritti had led the program for the last seven seasons and posted a 9-15 record this past year.

Immaculata (Atlantic East): This was announced last week, but Immaculata alum Chrissy Rhine has stepped down as head coach. She will remain as the school’s Executive Director of Admissions. In 2021-22, Rhine led Immaculata to the program’s first NCAA Tournament, after finishing with an 8-4 record in AEC play.

To end this, I thought I’d mention a piece of NCAA legislation that has the potential significantly impact the world of D-III basketball. No longer is Oct. 15 the first time teams can get on the floor to practice. Now, eight days will be allocated to be used either between September and Oct. 15 OR following the season. I would imagine coaches can split those eight days up between the preseason and postseason as well. But thinking about the effect of this on the preseason, multiple coaches have said that it will allow for the team chemistry to form earlier, and help newcomers get adjusted to their new team’s style of play quicker. It will be interesting to follow the positive effects that may come about in part due to these additional eight days.

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The Scoop on D3 Women’s Hoops: Brooks departs Cortland for Buffalo + Thiel, Brooklyn tab next HCs + NVU-Johnson is with us…for at least 3 more years

April 25, 2023

By Riley Zayas (@ZayasRiley on Twitter)

Welcome back to another week! Writing this up as three head coaching moves within the D3 WBB world have been made over the last several days. One such move just broke an hour ago, so I’ll lead off with that.


Out of the University of Buffalo this morning, it was announced that the new coaching staff had been finalized. Rounding out the staff? Cortland head coach Jacey Brooks, who most recently led her squad to the program’s first SUNYAC championship since 2010.

Brooks will join D1 Buffalo as the associate head coach, and this move is up there with some of the biggest in the D3 WBB coaching carousel this offseason. In fact, in some respects, it could be considered the biggest. Brooks elevated the Cortland program to new heights in her five years at the helm, as a 79-32 record with three NCAA Tournament appearances speaks for itself.

In three of her four seasons as head coach (2020-21 was cancelled entirely), the Red Dragons tallied 20 or more wins, finishing this past year with a 24-5 mark. Simply put, Brooks certainly checks the boxes in terms of on-court success. D1 experience? She has plenty of that, too. After playing at Buffalo State College, the first 11 years of her coaching career were spent at the D1 level, at Bowling Green, Canisius, and St. Bonaventure.

It is great to see D3 head coaches being recognized for their efforts and success, earning the chance to move up to the D1 level, especially as an associate head coach. Brooks obviously knows the local area well when it comes to recruiting, both with her work at Cortland and Canisius. It will be an uphill battle at Buffalo, as the Bulls have seen several departures to the transfer portal over the last several weeks, so having a recruiter on staff like Brooks is going to be massively important. Head coach Becky Burke is heading into her second year leading the program in 2023-24.

“I am thrilled that Jacey will be joining our staff here at Buffalo,” said Burke in a press release. “She brings a wealth of knowledge that will add tremendous value. She is an incredible person that builds genuine relationships and takes pride in coaching and loving her players. Jacey recruits at a very high level, has pride for Western New York and knows what UB women’s basketball stands for. I’m so excited to work with her, learn from her, and continue to elevate this program together.”


In a coaching change announced last night, Brooklyn has named its next head coach after the announcement last week that longtime program architect Alex Lang has stepped down. I said this job could be an internal hire, and that is exactly what happened.

Megan Campbell, an assistant on the Brooklyn staff for the last two years, has been promoted to head coach.

“Meg was a vital part of our staff these past two seasons, and our players are excited to play for her,” Lang, Brooklyn’s associate AD, said in a press release. “Meg is a great person, was a great player and assistant coach, and I am confident she will be a tremendous head coach.”

It helps that Campbell is an alum of the program. She knows what it takes to build champions within that environment, and has seen the way things were run by Lang over the last several years. Obviously, she will have her own coaching style and recruiting approach, but it helps to have someone who is not walking into a completely new situation. And as an assistant coach the last two years, she has worked with most of the roster (and recruited some of them too) so retention shouldn’t be an issue for Brooklyn.

As I wrote last week, Brooklyn has been at the front and center of the CUNYAC WBB conversation for the last several years under Lang’s leadership. Campbell has big shoes to fill, but she is also well-prepared for the job.


Thiel also named its next head coach on Friday of last week, and not surprisingly, they also hired an alum. An accomplished alum at that.

Jessica Vormelker will replace Rob Clune, and comes to Thiel after two years as an assistant at Allegheny. Prior to that, she served as a GA at Waynesburg for two years. And before that? She was starring on the court for Thiel, where she finished her four-year career in 2019, ranking third all-time in program history in points scored (1,681).

She is likely to be one of, if not the, youngest head coaches in D3 WBB this next year. But much like Campbell at Brooklyn, hiring an alum makes sense. She is well-known within the Thiel community, has support from alumni, and the current players look up to her because she is easily one of the three best players to have every come through the program.

Looking to build on a 3-22 record in 2022-23, Vormelker brings back almost the entire roster, with just three seniors having been listed on the roster this past season. Most were freshmen and sophomores, which is encouraging as they try to get back to being competitive within the PAC.

In university news, we have learned that D3 Northern Vermont-Johnson, a NAC program, will remain at the D3 level for at least the next three years. Previously, it was announced that, due to the cutting of funds and lack of students, NVU-Johnson would move to the USCAA. For the time being, that move will not happen, as those in charge of the Vermont State University system figure out the next steps for their schools. More on that here: https://vtdigger.org/2023/04/24/vermont-state-university-reverses-course-on-libraries-athletics/

That’s all for now. Hope everyone is having a great week. Congratulations to Jacey Brooks, Megan Campbell, and Jessica Vormelker! Wishing them all the best as they begin new coaching jobs. As always reach out with any feedback, thoughts, questions, etc. Always happy to talk D3 WBB!

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The Scoop on D3 Women’s Hoops: Thoughts on UMHB’s hire, Carthage’s coaching change announcement, and 2 new open head coaching jobs

By Riley Zayas, @ ZayasRiley

April 18, 2023

Checking back in on this Tuesday morning! April is more than half over and the summer weather is certainly upon us (at least down here in Texas!). Hope everyone had a great weekend.

In Friday’s article, I mentioned towards the very bottom that a major development happened in the UMHB head coaching search. While I do admit that I am (slightly) biased towards Region 10 and pay especially close attention to the ASC as a beat writer covering UMHB, I don’t think it is a stretch to say that besides Loras, Belton was home to the next biggest open D3 WBB job this offseason. After all, this was a team that cracked the Top 10 in Week 2 of the D3hoops.com poll this past season and had fairly high expectations entering the year with a solid non-conference slate that included Trinity (TX), Puget Sound, Emory, and UC-Santa Cruz.

Of course we know how it turned out. The Cru failed to reach the ASC Tournament final, and never made it to the Pool C selection table. Drama clouded the final weeks of the season with the dismissal of head coach Mark Morefield, and led us to the point where the job was open until early last week.

As both I and Cory Hogue of Dave Campbell’s Texas Basketball reported, Katie Novak has been tabbed as the program’s next head coach, returning to Texas after a one-year stint at D-II Hawai’i Pacific.

Personally, I really like this hire. I think she fits the university well in terms of her background in the ASC (more on that in a second) and leadership ability. HPU had a tough situation with its head coach previous to Novak, and ended up dismissing him due to alleged mistreatment of players (along the lines of verbal and mental abuse). She came in, re-recruited a good percentage of the players in the program, and brought with her a transfer center in Abby Spurgin, who ended up becoming the PacWest Conference Player of the Year.

Previously, she head coached Sul Ross State, doing very well despite enormous recruiting challenges (for those who don’t know, SRSU might be the most remote school in D3, especially with Finlandia shutting down). She left after five seasons as the program’s all-time leader in wins, and led the Lobos to new heights.

Looking forward to seeing what Novak can build in Belton. With resources available, a good recruiting base, and playing in a competitive, yet wide-open league, I think we could see UMHB competing for the ASC title in year one.


A few additional open head coaching positions came to my attention over the weekend.

Another GNAC job is open, as Colby Sawyer College no longer has a head coach listed on its website. Devon Quattrocchi was at the helm of that program since May 2020, but the Chargers went a combined 12-36 in the program’s two seasons under her direction (they did not play at all in 2020-21).

Pfeiffer did not make any kind of announcement, but the job was posted on WHoopdirt.com on Saturday. Tooey Loy led the program for several years, though I was unable to get an official number from the website. But the bottom line is that the program’s last winning season came in 2017-18, when they went 20-5. Since then, success was not plentiful, with the Falcons going 6-17 overall, 4-12 in the USA South this past year.

There are now 16 head coaching jobs in D3 women’s basketball with a replacement having not yet been announced. The GNAC now has two jobs open (Elms, Colby Sawyer) and the USA South has two open (William Peace, Pfeiffer).


I mentioned it at the end of the Friday post, but will mention it again. I’m working to highlight as many D3 women’s basketball players who are also playing another sport at the college level. My plan is to put it out by Thursday. So if you know of a D3 WBB also playing another varsity sport be sure to let me know. Shoot me an email at rileyzayas@gmail.com.


Carthage officially announced the dismissal of Tim Bernero and “has begun” a “national search” for its next head coach. Will be interested to see who takes that position, as the CCIW is a great league to be in right now.

The team went 9-17 in the CCIW this past year, but regardless, let’s just say it was one of the more controversial pieces of coaching news so far this offseason. Bernero had been with the program for 20 seasons, was the school’s all-time wins leader coach, and had a record of 311-208.

I get that firings are part of coaching. But I was not a fan of this move. For Bernero being someone who contributed to a program for so long, put together several competitive seasons in the CCIW, and overall represented Carthage well, I was very surprised when I heard about this one. I wasn’t the only one. There were quite a few frustrated individuals who voiced their opinions in opposition to it.

But what disturbs me even more is that Carthage waited SIX weeks to announce it. It took Bernero going on Twitter to confirm previous reports that he was no longer with the school. That’s not the way it should go. Maybe I’m not aware of the full situation, and I know there was an AD change, but I’ve always been taught in journalism that if you’re going to write something, or say something, that could be considered controversial, you also need to stand behind that. I see it as the same thing here. Carthage made a controversial decision to let Bernero go, but then waited until yesterday to make any kind of announcement. They did not stand behind their decision initially, and perhaps that is because it was a controversial one. UMHB never made any public announcement in regards to the departure of Mark Morefield either, though that story did receive more press.

Regardless, I just don’t like schools treating coaches this way, especially coaches who have been around for as long as Bernero had. Make a public statement, announce the coaching change, and move on. But don’t try to hide it.


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The Scoop on D3 Women’s Hoops: 2 head coaching hires + BSC survives…for now

Good morning and welcome to another week of the offseason! Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. He is Risen!

Getting to another D3 WBB update…there was some notable news in the world of coaching towards the end of last week. I’m also anticipating a few more head coaching hires to be made in the coming week, though time will tell. Several jobs remain open, the most notable being the head coaching positions at Loras and Mary Hardin-Baylor.


The first head coaching hire came in the Pacific Northwest, when George Fox University hired an alum in Lauren Howard to lead the program. Howard, who played for the Northwest Conference program from 2013-2015, was a key cog in the Bruins’ run to the D-III national title game in 2014-15, starting all 33 games on a team that went 32-1.

With that background, this hire makes sense. This is a program that could be competitive in what is a somewhat wide-open league and went 11-14, 8-8 (NWC) this past season. I don’t see this being a major rebuild for Howard, and she will have a great recruiting base there in the western part of Oregon. Plus, as previously mentioned, she has seen this program at its peak and knows what it takes at this school specifically to reach that point. That is very valuable. I really like this hire.

Howard comes back to George Fox from D-I Portland, where she was the Director of Basketball Operations. Last season, Portland reached the NCAA Tourney for the first time in 26 years. Pretty impressive stuff. Howard was a high school head coach prior to that, so she has both collegiate coaching experience and high school head coaching experience. Now it’s about combining those two things.


The second head coaching hire of the week came in the WIAC, where Shelby Lyman was promoted to head coach at UW-River Falls after serving as the interim for the entirety of the past season. A four-year member of the coaching staff at UWRF, Lymna was promoted to the interim HC job from her assistant coaching role following the departure of former head coach Blake DuDonis, who took an assistant coaching role at D-I Fairfield. UWRF fought hard within a very deep conference this past season, posting a 14-11 record and 4-10 mark in WIAC play. Amongst the highlights of the 2022-23 campaign, UWRF took down UW-Whitewater and UW-Eau Claire, both NCAA Tournament teams.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to lead this program and grateful for the support and belief that Crystal Lanning and Kellen Wells-Mangold have in myself and our staff,” Lyman said in a UWRF press release. “I love River Falls, I love being able to work with our incredible student-athletes day in and day out and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Falcon women’s basketball.”

UWRF had four seniors on its roster this past season, including two of the three who started all 25 games for the Falcons. However, both Julia Seidel and Annie Feine, who started 15+ games for UWRF, are likely to return for the upcoming season. There is the possibility that some or all of the four seniors will return, including Macy Nilsen, who has played four collegiate seasons and was named All-WIAC last month.


Well, Birmingham-Southern College (out of the Southern Athletic Association) will survive a little bit longer, per an announcement by the college’s Board of Trustees on Thursday of last week. It was decision day for the institution, located in Birmingham, Ala., as students, faculty, and staff were allowed into a meeting announcing the future of the university.

If BSC was unable to pull together ample funding, it would have been forced to close its doors following the spring, which would have been a travesty, considering their athletics have been decently good in recent years, led by its baseball team, ranked #1 in the nation. However, the board announced it received $46M from private donors. While this does not mean the school is safe for the next decade, it does give the school more time to reach its goal of a $200M endowment. The fundraising process will continue, but we will have BSC around for at least another year.

The WBB program was decent in the SAA this season, known for its fast-paced style of play and 95.7 points per game, which ranked No. 1 nationally. The team posted a 13-13 record with a 6-8 mark in SAA play, under 7th-year head coach Mike Ricks. Recruiting has likely been difficult, as the financial situation was public dating back to December.

Hopefully Thursday’s news will allow Ricks and his staff to bring in a quality freshman class. Although, the future of BSC is still in doubt, which is still going to make recruiting difficult until the school is on more solid ground.


Scranton scored pretty big on the recruiting front with Rider (D-I) transfer Victoria Toomey, who played in 20+ games for all four years of her time at Rider. She’ll be a grad transfer to head coach Ben O’Brien’s squad, and there’s a connection there, as Toomey played for O’Brien at Dunmore high school. It is not often you see players who started at the D-I level transfer to a D-III, but it does happen on occasion. Toomey not only started but averaged 9.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this past season. At 6’2, she could be a game-changer for Scranton and have the sort of impact Katie Titus had at Rochester this past year. We shall see.


Hope also picked up commitments from Class of 2024 prospects in Leah and Anna Richards. From talking with a couple people, the program they play for at Lansing Catholic is top-level in the state of Michigan (Reigning D-II state champs), and there are some Hope connections there. Brian Morehouse continues to score big with top-level high school players in the western Michigan area, and to get commitments this soon is also fairly impressive.


That’s all I have on this Monday morning. Plan to check in later in the week as I’m willing to bet something notable will come up. Something news-worthy always seems to show up, even as we look into a calendar with six straight months of no games! We shall see. In the meantime, have a great week and as always, feel free to email me at rileyzayas@gmail.com with tips/feedback/thoughts or DM me on Twitter (@ZayasRiley).