Missouri women’s basketball adds two Division I tranfers

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Women’s Basketball added transfer 6-foot-4 forward LaDazhia Williams to its 2019-20 roster, announced by head coach Robin Pingeton Thursday. Due to NCAA transfer requirements, Williams will sit out the upcoming 2019-20 season, then will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Williams, a five-star recruit and top-50 prospect from the Class of 2017, has spent the last two seasons at South Carolina where she appeared in 48 games, averaging 1.3 points per game. Williams posted career highs in points and rebounds against Western Carolina (Nov. 30, 2017), scoring 11 points with eight rebounds in 19 minutes.

Originally from Bradenton, Fla., Williams was ranked as the 12th-best forward and the No. 48 overall prospect in the Class of 2017 by ESPN HoopGurlz. Williams was a three-time Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) All-State Selection and a three-time Bradenton Herald All-Area Player of the Year honoree for Lakewood Ranch High School.

As a senior in 2017, Williams was the Class 8A Player of the Year by FABC and Sarasota Herald-Tribune after averaging 19.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. During her junior campaign, Williams was named the FABC 7A Player of the Year and led Lakewood Ranch to the Class 7A state title game, its best finish in program history. Williams closed her prep career as Lakewood Ranch’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

Also Wednesday, Mizzou Women’s Basketball added transfer guard Renetha “Shug” Dickson to its 2019-20 roster, as announced by head coach Robin Pingeton on Wednesday.

Dickson, a St. Louis native, is a 5-9 guard who spent her first two seasons at Tulsa where she earned American Conference All-Freshman Team honors in 2016-17. Dickson attended Texas Tech for the second semester of the 2018-19 season before deciding to join Mizzou.

At Tulsa, Dickson started in 36 of 60 games played and scored in double figures 28 times, including 20+ points in 14 games. She earned All-Freshman Team honors after averaging 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per with 51 assists. Following her outstanding debut campaign, Dickson was invited to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team Trials. During her sophomore campaign, Dickson scored 14.1 points per game and grabbed 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 35.1 percent from three and 88.3 percent game the free throw line.

Dickson was a four-year starter at Lutheran North High School where she was a two-time Class 3A All-State selection and three-time All-Conference performer. During her senior season, Dickson averaged 24.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game. She was ranked as the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2016 by ESPN HoopGurlz.

— Mizzou Athletics —