Arizona women’s basketball

UA women's basketball: Wildcats add pair of transfers

2014-04-23T00:00:00Z UA women's basketball: Wildcats add pair of transfersBy Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

By the end of its season, the UA women’s basketball team had just seven healthy players on its roster and finished with a 5-25 overall record, 1-17 in the Pac-12.

Depth shouldn’t be as big a problem next season.

Arizona has signed two transfers to join its already five-person 2014 recruiting class — Malena Washington, a 5-7 guard from Tyler (Texas) Junior College, and Lauren Evans, a 6-foot transfer from Virginia Tech.

Evans, a Chandler product, will sit out a year before becoming eligible in 2015-16. She will have two years of eligibility with the Wildcats.

“Lauren is an Arizona kid, and we always want to get the best in the state,” UA coach Niya Butts said. “Having her at Arizona certainly allows us to do that. The opportunity to bring her back home will be great for her and for our program. She will be a great addition for us, on and off the court.”

Evans played in 25 games for the Hokies in 2013-14, averaging 1.2 points and 0.7 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game. ESPN HoopGurlz listed Evans as a four-star recruit and the No. 40 guard in the country out of high school.

Washington will be eligible to play immediately. The Beaumont, Texas, product averaged 13.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game last year for Tyler Junior College.

“Malena will make an offensive impact for us,” Butts said. “Offensively, there isn’t much she isn’t capable of. She is a great scorer, midrange shooter and passer.”

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