Washington Women’s Basketball 2022-23 Roster Outlook
An updated look at how the 2022-23 roster could look for the Washington women’s basketball program.
SEATTLE, Wa. – We at UDUBWBB.com became aware during the 2021-22 season that the roster for the Washington women’s basketball program was going to see quite a few losses, but fortunately for Huskies fans there was also a monumental piece arriving that was unanticipated.
For the moment, Washington sits at 13 scholarship players, which is just under the maximum allotted of 15 — not including, Alexis Griggsby who could be granted a medical exception to play another year.
With the likelihood of more movement decreasing by the day, let’s take a look at how this team currently shakes out.
Departures and Arrivals
The Huskies had a significant number of players departing the program.
As we exclusively chronicled,
The entire 2021 freshman class of recruits (ranked #17 by ESPN) has now left Washington — i.e., in order, Avery Van Sickle, Olivia Pollerd, Marisa Davis and Jess Finney all entered the transfer portal.
(Shortly after UW’s hiring of Langley, the 5th member of the 2021 recruiting class, A.J. Marotte, left UW and landed at Oregon State via last year’s 2021 NCAA transfer portal.)
This freshmen exodus was followed by the departure of redshirt freshman Alexis Whitfield.
As far as statistical impact, the biggest loss is Nancy Mulkey, the graduate transfer from Rice that went unselected in the 2022 WNBA Draft. (Mulkey participated in the preseason training camp of the Las Vegas Aces.)
Countering the numerical production lost from Mulkey – 11.7 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game in PAC-12 play – will not be as steep a task as countering the talent lost when six Huskies freshmen players departed through the NCAA transfer portal.
Yet on April 15th, Huskies Head Coach Tina Langley and Recruiting Coordinator Katie Faulkner landed a big fish (Dawg) in 6’3″ Dalayah Daniels — a local Seattle product and former California big that averaged 7.6 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game in PAC-12 play last season.
This served as a big counterpoint to the freshmen exodus and provided a glimmer of hope and positive anticipation regarding the upcoming season.
The Huskies also added another veteran big in 6’3″ Emma Grothaus, the Lehigh transfer and team captain averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds for the 2021 – 22 season — albeit not against PAC-12 level competition.
Finally, former BYU commit Shayla Gillmer signed to the Huskies as a 2022 freshman commit, after BYU head coach Jeff Judkins retired.
Projected Depth Chart
After the May 1st one-time transfer decision passed, eight players from last season’s Huskies team remain on the roster.
After the deadline, if any more Huskies players wish to enter the transfer portal they must sit out a season, unless the NCAA grants a waiver to a particular player.
Meanwhile, some NCAA players may have announced their entrance into the portal after the deadline but most likely they made their transfer decision prior to the deadline or their head coach was fired or resigned.
Given all that we know now about the current state of Washington’s roster, below is an early look into what the depth chart next year could look like:
Trinity Oliver* Sr Alexis Griggsby* Sr (tie)
Haley Van Dyke* Sr
Dalayah Daniels* Jr
Teagan Brown Fr
Hannah Stines Fr
+T.T. Watkins Jr
+Darcy Rees Sr
Elle Ladine Fr
Jayda Noble-Williams Soph Nia Lowery Soph (tie)
Emma Grothaus Sr
Shayla Gillmer Fr
* projected starter to begin 2022-23 season; + denotes Watkins and Rees tied for 5th starter spot