Transfer athletes are everywhere at this Final Four.
The splashiest move before this season came when Angel Reese left Maryland for Louisiana State. Reese has led the Tigers with a double-double nearly every game, but she’s not the only transfer to have made her presence felt — including on her own team.
LSU’s point guard, Alexis Morris, played for three other schools — Baylor, Rutgers and Texas A&M — before joining Kim Mulkey’s squad last season. Starting forward LaDazhia Williams played for South Carolina and Missouri. Jasmine Carson played for Georgia Tech and West Virginia, w Kateri Poole played for Ohio State. And sophomore Last-Tear Poa transferred to LSU from Northwest Florida State junior college.
Virginia Tech has a similarly stacked transfer roster: starters Taylor Soule, who joined from Boston College, and Kayana Traylor, in her second year as a Hokie after transferring from Purdue; D’asia Gregg, who plays 23 minutes off the bench in her third season after transferring from Georgia Tech; Clara Ford, another Boston College transfer who sees limited minutes off the bench; and Ashley Owusu, a high-profile transfer from Maryland who has been out of the Hokies’ rotation over the past month.
At South Carolina, the Georgia Tech transfer Kierra Fletcher stepped in as the starting point guard, sharing time with Raven Johnson, when Destanni Henderson left after her senior year for the WNBA And the 6-foot-7 Kamilla Cardoso has been a key contributor inside in her two seasons with the Gamecocks after transferring from Syracuse.
Even Iowa, which has only one transfer on its roster, has gotten quality minutes from that bench player: Molly Davis, who joined from Central Michigan.
The changes have come because of shifts in NCAA rules in recent years that allow athletes a transfer without having to sit out a season at their new school.
LSU, of course, has benefited the most from its transfers, which have logged 77.5 percent of the team’s points this season.