Former CT women’s basketball standouts on DI college rosters this season

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The women’s college basketball season kicked off this week, with players from Connecticut scattered on rosters across the country.

As the season kicks off, here’s a list of players with state ties to Division 1 women’s basketball rosters, including many who play programs in Connecticut:

Dennaye Hinds, Fr., Bridgeport, St. Joseph’s, Presbyterian College: He averaged 10.2 points, eight rebounds, and five assists per game during his career at St. Joseph. She was named a second-team All-Conference.

Kaitlyn Davis, Sr., Norwalk, Greenwich Academy, Columbia: The former four-time FAAC All-League selection was a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week last season. Davis started all 32 games last year, averaging 13.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists in 28.4 minutes per game.

Yamani McCollough, Fr., Stratford, Putnam Science, Bethune-Cookman: He helped Putnam Science win the SWC championship as a two-time honoree in all tournaments. He scored over 1,000 points during his high school career.

Alexsia Rose, Jr., Bloomfield, East Carolina: Rose appeared in all 29 games last season and posted a career-best 12 points twice. previous Selection of all the states of GameTimeCT led Bloomfield to the semi-finals of the 2020 CIAC women’s basketball state championship before the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

Denise Solis, Sr., Windsor, Temple: Solis spent his first three college seasons at UMass-Lowell before transferring to Temple this offseason. The former New Haven Register All-Area selection led UMass-Lowell in rebounds per game (4.5) last year.

Caroline Lau, Fr., Westport, St. Luke’s, Northwest: Lau has been honored three times with the All NEPSAC first team. He averaged 22 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists per game as a junior.

Taniyah Thompson, Sr., Hamden, Penn State: Thompson transferred to Penn State this offseason after playing at East Carolina for three seasons. Thompson, Hamden’s leading scorer (1,877 points), was named the AAC Most Improved Player of the Year last season and earned All-AAC first-team honors last year.

Livvy Pizzitola, So., Southington, Central Connecticut: Pizzitola was honored on the All-Conference Team as a junior and senior at Southington, and led the team to the conference championship as a senior.

Maya Klein, Gr., Stamford, St. Luke’s, Sacred Heart: Klein transferred to Sacred Heart after playing his freshman year at Providence College. He made his first career start last season for SHU.

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Savannah Marshall, Sr., Westbrook, Sacred Heart: Westbrook’s former four-time team MVP played in six games for SHU last season. Marshall is the daughter of Kelly Penwell-Landino (University of Hartford women’s basketball) and Donny Marshall (UConn men’s basketball, NBA).

Kayla Tilus, Fr., Bridgeport, Notre Dame, Long Island University: The former Notre Dame-Fairfield team captain was a first-time all-state and All-SWC selection as both a junior and senior. He helped Notre Dame win the state championship and third straight conference title as a senior.

Shailyn Pinkney, Sr., East Hartford, Seton Hall: The 2020-21 CT Women’s Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year was also twice GameTimeCT Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Pinkney helped lead East Hartford to its first state title as a senior.

Allie Palmieri, Jr., Trumbull, Green Farms, Seton Hall: Palmieri transferred to SHU midseason last year after playing his freshman year and part of his sophomore year at Boston College. she was 2020 Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year after averaging 24.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.9 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks as a junior at Green Farms Academy.

Aizhanique Mayo, Fr., Westport, Notre Dame, Marquette: Mayo was named MaxPreps Connecticut High School Player of the Year in 2020-21 after averaging 20.4 points, 7.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.0 steals per game. He led the Lancers to an overall record of 77-5.

Morgan Lee, Fr., Kent School, Georgetown: Lee was a captain for two years at Kent School and a two-time team MVP.

Anahi-Lee Cauley, So., Windsor, Kent/Loomis Chaffee School, Villanova: Cauely played in 30 of Villanova’s 32 games last season, averaging 0.6 points and 0.6 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.

Taylor Golembiewski, So., Columbia, EO Smith, Colgate: Golembiewski was a two-time CHSCA Class LL All-State selection and helped lead the Panthers to back-to-back Connecticut Central Conference titles.

Marisa Lee, Jr., Marlborough, American: Lee transferred from Hartford to American University this offseason. He appeared in 11 games during his freshman season at Hartford averaging 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds in 15 minutes per game.

Lilly Ferguson, Sr., Newington, UMass: Ferguson helped lead Newington to its first Connecticut Central Conference appearance as a sophomore. She was a two-time GameTimeCT All-State and CHSCA All-State selection.

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Natousha Harden, So., New London, Springfield Commonwealth Academy (Mass.), UMass: Harden came off the bench in three games last season, averaging 2.5 minutes per game.

Maranda Nyborg, So., Bethel, Fordham: Nyborg played in 25 games last season and posted 16 total blocks for second-most on the team. She was twice captain of the Bethel team.

I’Yanna Lops, Sr., Stamford, Trinity Catholic, St. Bonaventure: Lops was one of two players to start all 28 games last season, averaging 30.9 minutes per game. He led the Bonnies in rebounding (6.0 per game) and was third on the team in scoring (8.2 points per game).

McKenna Dale, Gr., Storrs, EO Smith, Virginia: In his first season playing for Virginia (after transferring from Brown), the 2017 New Haven Registry Y Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year he appeared in all 27 games. Dale averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game.

Najla Cecunjanin, So., Cromwell/Wilbraham Monson Academy, Hartford: Cecunjanin averaged 2.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game in his debut year with Hartford last season. In high school, he led Cromwell to the Class M championship in his sophomore year.

Gaby Kramer, So., Waterford, Hartford: Kramer played his first season in college at Worcester State University before transferring to Hartford.

Olivia Summiel, Sr., Dayville, Marianapolis Prep, Wake Forest: Summiel made 25 starts last season and led Wake Forest with 6.8 rebounds per game while averaging 6.6 points per game.

Rosi Nicholson, Gr., New London, Science Technology Magnet, Hofstra: Nicholson was named to the CAA All-Defensive Team last season after appearing in 27 games with 23 starts. Nicholson led Hofstra with 62 steals.

Amyrah Sapenter, Jr., Newtown, Northeast: Sapenter appeared in 16 games last season averaging 1.0 points, 0.9 rebounds in 4.9 minutes per game.

Asha Parker, So., Milford, Northfield Mount Hermon, Northeast: Parker played 30 games in his first college season, averaging 2.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Yaya Felder, So., Hartford, Conard, Ohio: Felder averaged 7.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.5 minutes per game as a freshman last season.

Mary Baskerville, Gr., Enfield, Quinnipiac: Baskerville begins his final year of college eligibility at QU after Providence transfer. Baskerville was Enfield’s all-time scoring leader (1870 points) and was named the 2019 Big East Rookie of the Year.

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Rose Case Rs-Fr., Ellington, Suffield Academy, Quinnipiac: Caso took a redshirt year last season and will officially begin his collegiate career at Quinnipiac this fall.

Makenzie Helms, Sr., East Haven, Quinnipiac: Helms, Gatorade 2019 and Gametime CT Connecticut High School Player of the Year, she played in 32 games with 11 starts in her first season with the Bobcats last year after transferring from Nebraska.

Jayne Whitman, Fr., Orange, Amity, Marist: Whitman was honored with the Amity Sportsmanship Award in 2022 and captained the team for two years.

Julianna Bonilla, Sr., Waterford, Marist: Bonilla scored a career-high 16 points last season, including four 3-pointers. He appeared in 27 games and started two.

Samantha Chadwick, Jr., Litchfield, Proctor Academy, Marist: Chadwick transferred to Marist after playing his first two years at CCSU. In high school, she was named First Team All-Conference three times and First Team All-State twice.

Jocelyn Polansky, Sr., Wallingford, Choate, Fairfield: Polansky appeared in eight games last season in his first year with the Stags. He played his first two college seasons at Utah State.

Isabelle Lipinski, Sr., Farmington, Iona: Lipinski played all 27 games, including two starts, and averaged 4.6 points, 2.9 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game during his first year with Iona. He transferred to Iona in 2021 after playing his first two years at Franklin Pierce.

Erin Harris, Jr., West Haven, Notre Dame, St. Peter: Harris transferred to St. Peter’s after playing the 2020-21 season at Northwestern State University.

Shamarla King, Jr., Hartford, Watkinson, Stony Book: King begins her freshman year at Stony Book after transferring from Virginia Tech. She played in four games at Virginia Tech after an injury sidelined her during her freshman year.

Jessica Berens, R-Fr., Durham, Coginchaug, Bryant: Berens did not appear last season and wore the red jersey of the year. In high school, he led Coginchaug Regional to the Class S state championship in 2018.

Lyzi Litwinko, Jr., Berlin, NJIT: Litwinko, Berlin’s all-time record holder for career points (1,414) and rebounds in a single season (250), was named to the All-America Eastern Conference Third Team last season. He led NJIT with 7.1 rebounds per game.

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