Various B1G Team Notes 2020-21

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Buckeyes add grad transfer Tanaya Beacham:

Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff announced that Ohio native Tanaya Beacham has joined the program as a graduate transfer. Beacham played the last three seasons at Toledo and will have one year of eligibility remaining in 2020-21.

“Extremely excited to add Tanaya to the Buckeye family,” said McGuff. “Her talent, athleticism, and experience will be a great addition to the program.”

Beacham played 95 games over the last three seasons at Toledo after redshirting in 2016-17. She averaged career-highs of 10.8 points and 5.5 rebounds while leading the team in field goal percentage at 58.3 last year. Beacham also served as a team captain last season.
 

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Rutgers adds two:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Aug. 6, 2020) –
Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer has signed two additional recruits to National Letters of Intent for the 2020-21 season.

Junior transfer Destiny Marshall and freshman Senegal-native Aicha Ndour join five other newcomers in an ongoing recruiting class ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big Ten.

The class, with their national recruiting rankings in parentheses, includes guard Diamond Johnson (No. 6), post Sakima Walker (No. 21), forward Chyna Cornwell (No. 48), guard Elizabeth Martino (No. 53) and wing Erica Lafayette.
 

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Nebraska's Taylor Kissinger ends her playing career.

Nebraska guard Taylor Kissinger announced the end of her collegiate playing career on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The 6-1 shooter from Minden, Neb., was preparing for her fourth season with the Husker women's basketball team in 2020-21. She redshirted because of a hip injury as a junior in 2019-20. Kissinger underwent season-ending surgery on Jan. 3, 2020, after appearing in five games with the Big Red during the fall of 2019.

Kissinger faced setbacks during her rehabilitation following surgery, and her participation was limited throughout the summer.
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Kissinger appeared in 60 games with 31 starts over two-plus seasons with the Huskers. She averaged 10.0 points and 4.1 rebounds while appearing in 25 games with seven starts as a true freshman in 2017-18. She helped the Huskers produce the biggest turnaround in the nation and advance to the 2018 NCAA Tournament, despite missing six games in midseason with a knee injury. She also suffered an upper body sprain late in 2017-18 that limited her contributions at the end of the season.

She produced her most consistent season as a sophomore, playing in all 30 games with 24 starts in 2018-19, while averaging 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds. She tied the Nebraska single-season record by hitting 45.6 percent (62-136) of her three-point attempts and connected on 88.2 percent (30-34) of her free throws.

Kissinger missed four games in the concussion protocol early last season, but returned to action and tied a career high with six three-pointers on her way to a team-high 19 points in a win over Duke (Dec. 4) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. A hip injury knocked her out for the rest of the season after a game with Oral Roberts (Dec. 14).
 

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Discussion of Michigan's recruiting:

With the No. 12 recruiting class in the country this year, Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico must be doing something right. While it’s already the third time the Wolverines have a class ranked in the top 20 since the hiring of Barnes Arico in 2012, how Michigan’s staff has managed to recruit such coveted players this season is attributed to a multitude of factors.

Firstly, Barnes Arico has a large range in her recruiting network. Originally from New York, she still has East Coast ties. Her first head coaching job was at Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison, a Division III university in New Jersey. She stayed close to home for multiple years after that, coaching at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and St. John’s University in New York. Barnes Arico’s best recruit ever, Katelynn Flaherty, was from New Jersey

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“I think that there’s a lot of value in saying that, if you’re Michigan, you should be getting the best player in the state,” Olson said. “I know they’re always battling the same kids, and I know everyone in the Big Ten always seems to be battling for a lot of the same kids. But you should be getting the better players in the state.”

Historically, Michigan hasn’t always gotten those players. Last year there wasn’t a single player on the roster from the state of Michigan. The program has lost a lot of those five-star recruits to Michigan State, and other programs in Michigan. However, the tides seem to be changing for the Wolverines.

Freshman Whitney Sollom was one of three finalists for Michigan’s Ms. Basketball last year, and now she’s attending Michigan. While only two players on the Wolverines’ 2020-21 roster are from Michigan, they represent the best of the best from the state.

From the remaining roster, all but three players hail from the Midwest — the three being two international students and freshman Meghan Fiso from Washington.
 
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