Transfer Portal Shakes Up YSU Women’s Basketball

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Youngstown State University women’s basketball team lost its two top scorers in graduate Mary Dunn, who went to the University of Pittsburgh, and last season’s Horizon League Freshman of the Year Nneka Obiazor.

Head coach John Barnes says he has mixed feelings about losing those players, but is excited with the new players obtained this season. “We’re trying to win a championship here. However we have to do it, whether it’s transfers or high school or a mixture, which I think it’s going to be from now on, that’s what we’re going to try to do,” Barnes says.

The women’s team has nine newcomers this year. The players took trips to Cedar Point and Grove City Premium Outlets, among other team-building exercises, to make the newcomers feel welcome.

“It’s kind of building your own culture and your own identity based on what we have and what’s coming in,” fifth-year senior point guard Chelsea Olson says. “That’s the biggest part.”

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