On Sunday, May 2nd, confirmation came that former Rice center Nancy Mulkey is transferring to the University of Washington to play for ex-Rice head coach, now UW Huskies Head Coach, Tina Langley.
The 6’9″ Mulkey — a product of Cypress Woods, Texas — officially reunites with Langley in Seattle as a graduate transfer to the University of Washington.
In a statement, head coach Tina Langley commented:
Nancy Mulkey is an elite basketball player and person,” Langley said. “Not only is she one of the best post players in the country, she has the character and discipline to be a leader in all walks of life and will make an immediate impact on our program. She has an incredibly bright future and we are so excited to welcome Nancy and her wonderful family to Montlake.”
Defensively, expect the Huskies’ interior defense to be significantly more imposing.
Last season, the Huskies were notoriously bad in defending offensive putback attempts.
Opponents converted 55.6% of their putback attempts, which ranked Washington in the Bottom 7% of all NCAA teams.
Mulkey, a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Semi-Finalist last season, finished third nationally in total blocked shots with 95 blocks.
Offensively, Nancy Mulkey is a true center that shoots a high percentage of shots around the lane and basket area, posting a field goal percentage of 61.0% last season.
Last season, Mulkey averaged 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Hopefully, the arrival of Mulkey moves 6’4″ Husky Darcy Rees to the “Four” position which suits her versatile inside-outside offensive game.
It may have seemed a forgone conclusion, however, the official arrival of Nancy Mulkey (and return of Haley Van Dyke) means that the Huskies don’t have to fret about a thin and height-challenged frontcourt next season.
The Huskies should now have laser-like focus on finding immediate point guard help.