Penn State women’s basketball is adding some new faces in the second year under the direction of coach Carolyn Kieger.
Penn State athletics announced five new additions to the women’s basketball roster Monday. Two of the players are transfers and three signees are incoming freshmen.
Guards Niya Beverley, Mekenna Boyd, Tova Sabel and Constance Thomas will join forward Birtnay Gore as new Lady Lions.
Beverley is a transfer from the University of Wisconsin. She started 75 games for the Badgers in three seasons. She averaged 6.7 points, 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game in her time at Wisconsin.
Gore is a transfer from Cleveland State Community College. The forward is originally from Antigua, Caribbean. She averaged 13.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in two seasons of junior college basketball. She was named TCCAA All-Conference First-Team twice. In addition, Gore broke multiple program records, including single-season rebounds (299), career rebounds per game (9.8), career blocks (99), and single-season blocks (55)...Posted 18 double-doubles...Scored a career-best 26 points against Volunteer State and Columbia State.
Three guards round out the additions.
Boyd won two Vermont state championships and Gatorade Player of the Year honors while at Champlain Valley Union High School.
Sabel was a four-year member of the Swedish National Team. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden and ranked No. 41 in the World Exposure Report International composite ranking. Sabel brings international experience to the Lady Lions. She was named Most Valuable Player of the U19 European League in 2019. In addition, she guided Alvik Basket team to a 2020 Swedish Cup Championship, averaging 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game with an 8.2 efficiency rating and scored 44 points in a single game while playing with Alvik Basket in the European League.
Thomas is a freshman guard from Plant City, Florida, and totaled 1,345 points in her career in 81 games at Camp Jewell Academy. In addition, she cored school-record 54 points in a single game during her senior year.