Connecticut players on NCAA D-I women’s basketball rosters: Northeastern, Northwestern, and more

The women's college basketball season began this week, with Connecticut players sprinkled on rosters throughout the country. 

As the season kicks off, here's a list of players with state ties on Division 1 women's basketball rosters, including many playing at programs in Connecticut:

Dennaye Hinds, Fr., Bridgeport, St. Joseph’s, Presbyterian College: Averaged 10.2 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game during her career at St. Joseph. She was named 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, ND-Fairfield, Putnam Science, Bethune-Cookman: Helped ND-Fairfield win the SWC Championship as a two-time All-tournament honoree. She scored over 1,000 points during her high school career.

Alexsia Rose, Jr., Bloomfield, East Carolina: Rose appeared in all 29 games last season and recorded a career-best 12 points twice. The former GameTimeCT All-State selection led Bloomfield to the semifinals of the 2020 CIAC Girls Basketball State championship before the tournament was canceled because of the pandemic.

Denise Solis, Sr., Windsor, Temple: Solis spent her first three collegiate 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, Northwestern: Lau is a three-time All NEPSAC First Team honoree. She 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’s Most Improved Player of the Year last season and earned First Team All-AAC honors last year.

Livvy Pizzitola, So., Southington, Central Connecticut State: Pizzitola was an All-Conference Team honoree as a junior and senior at Southington, leading the team to the conference championship her senior year.

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

Savannah Marshall, Sr., Westbrook, Sacred Heart: The former Westbrook 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-team all-state and first-time All-SWC selection both as a junior and senior. She helped Notre Dame win the state championship and third-straight conference title as a senior.

Shailyn Pinkney, Fr., East Hartford, Seton Hall: The 2020-21 CT Girls Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year was also a two-time GameTimeCT Girls 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 mid-season last year after playing her freshman year and a portion of her sophomore year at Boston College. She was the 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 the 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. She led the Lancers to a 77-5 overall record.

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

Anahi-Lee Cauley, So., Windsor, Kent School/Loomis Chaffee, 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, E.O. Smith, Colgate: Golembiewski was a two-time CHSCA Class LL All-State selection and helped led the Panthers to back-to-back Central Connecticut Conference titles.

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

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

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 recorded 16 total blocks for the second most on the team. She was a two-time team captain at Bethel.

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. She 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, E.O. Smith, Virginia: In her first season playing for Virginia (after transferring from Brown), the 2017 New Haven Register and Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year 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 her debut year for Hartford last season. In high school, she led Cromwell to the Class M championship as a sophomore.

Gaby Kramer, So., Waterford, Hartford: Kramer played her 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, Northeastern: 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, Northeastern: Parker played in 30 games in her debut 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 her final year of collegiate eligibility at QU after transferring from Providence. Baskerville was Enfield’s all-time scoring leader (1,870 points) and was named the 2019 Big East Rookie of the Year.

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

Makenzie Helms, Sr., East Haven, Quinnipiac: Helms, the 2019 Gatorade and GametimeCT Connecticut High School Player of the Year, 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 was a two-year team captain.

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

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

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

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

Erin Harris, Jr., West Haven, Notre Dame, Saint Peter’s: 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 first 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 make an appearance last season and redshirted the year. In high school, she 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 America East Conference Third Team last season. She led NJIT with 7.1 rebounds per game.

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