The IU women’s basketball program saw a wave of transfers leave the program over the last couple months.
In late January Indiana announced that guards Bendu Yeaney and Shaila Beeler were transferring. Last week, 2019 Miss Basketball Jorie Allen entered the transfer portal.
Things have balanced out quickly over the last week as the Hoosiers made three additions to their roster. With only Brenna Wise graduating, head coach Teri Moren wasn’t anticipating the need to recruit for the 2020-21 roster, as transfer Danielle Patterson was waiting in the wings.
But the three transfers created several openings that Moren and her staff have moved fast to fill.
TENNESSEE MISS BASKETBALL CHOOSES IU
Chloe Moore-McNeil is a two-time Class A Tennessee Miss Basketball. The class of 2020 guard announced her commitment to IU on Friday.
Moore-McNeil averaged 20.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a senior. She led Greenfield to a 34-0 mark and an appearance in the state semifinals for a third straight season.
The 6-foot Moore-McNeil scored 2,598 points for her career, and she led the Yellow Jackets to the 2018 state title.
— Lady Silver Foxes (@SilverFoxes2020) April 10, 2020
2019 ATLANTIC 10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR TO TRANSFER TO IU
George Mason grad transfer Nicole “Nikki” Cardano-Hillary committed to the Hoosiers on Thursday and will be immediately eligible.
The 5-foot-7 guard from Madrid, Spain is the all-time leading scorer for the Patriots with 1,766 points in three seasons.
Cardano-Hillary won the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year in 2019 when she averaged a career-high 20.4 points per game. She averaged 18.3 points and was second team all-conference in 2020.
I am so blessed to be starting a new chapter in my basketball career at INDIANA UNIVERSITY. So excited to be part of this amazing new family. Can’t wait to get started. Go Hoosier! ❤️🤍 pic.twitter.com/9QkfxFtzRz
— Nicole (@nikkich_14) April 10, 2020
PATTERSON ALSO ELIGIBLE IN 2020-21
After sitting out the 2019-20 season, Notre Dame transfer Danielle Patterson will be eligible for IU for the upcoming campaign.
The 6-foot-2 Patterson was the No. 5 ranked small forward in the country according to EspnW/HoopGurlz reporter Dan Olson, and a 2017 McDonald’s All-American and 2017 Jordan Brand Classic All-American.
As a sophomore at Notre Dame, Patterson played in 33 games and averaged 2.9 points and 1.5 rebounds.
AUSTRALIAN BECOMES FIRST MEMBER OF 2021 CLASS
6-foot-1 guard Paige Price from Melbourne, Australia, became the first commit in the 2021 recruiting class. She chose the Hoosiers over Duke and Arizona State.
Thanks to everyone involved in the recruiting process. I have decided to verbally commit to Indiana and I am proud to be part of the Hoosier family. Go Hoosiers #GoHoosiers ❤️🤍 pic.twitter.com/D8wcgYb03D
— Paige Price (@paigepriceaus) April 7, 2020
LOOKING AT THE 2020-21 ROSTER
Indiana will return the core of a 2019-20 team that set program records with 24 wins overall and 13 in Big Ten play. IU was on track to be a No. 4 or 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament before the season was canceled.
The Hoosiers still have one scholarship available for next season.
- Ali Patberg – guard
- Grace Berger – guard
- Jaelynn Penn – guard
- Chanel Wilson – guard
- Keyanna Warthen – guard
- Grace Waggoner – guard (preferred walk-on)
- Chloe Moore-McNeil – guard
- Nikki Cardano-Hillary – guard
- Danielle Patterson – guard/forward
- Aleksa Gulbe – forward
- Mackenzie Holmes – forward
- Arielle Wisne – center
- Hannah Noveroske – center
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