Women of Troy backup post player Deanna Calhoun has transferred to Hawai'i. The 6-foot-3 redshirt junior graduated in three years and will be eligible to play immediately for the Rainbow Wahine.
Calhoun played in 20 games for the Pac-12 Tournament champion Women of Troy, but averaged just 1.5 points in 4.7 minutes during Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's first season as USC head coach.
By transferring to Hawai'i, Calhoun will reunite with former Trojan coaches Laura Beeman and Mary Wooley, who helped recruit the former Albany (Calif.) HS star to USC. Beeman was associate head coach under Michael Cooper from 2010-2012 before taking the head coaching vacancy at Hawai'i and bringing Wooley with her to be associate head coach under Beeman.
Deanna Calhoun redshirted her freshman year while recovering from a knee injury, played in 11 games in 2012-13 before 20 this season. Her bruising post play wasn't a perfect fit for the uptempo offensive style Cynthia Cooper-Dyke likes to employ.
"We are so excited to finally coach Deanna—and to have her for two years is a dream," says Beeman. "She is a fantastic basketball player but an even better person. What she will bring to the team physically is obvious, but her gentle soul is the real gift." -- Hawaii Athletics
Calhoun joins walk-on Maria Kemiji-McDonald, who played in only one game, as the second player to leave the USC women's basketball program this offseason. The Women of Troy also lost seniors Kate Oliver, Rachel Totten, Desiree Bradley and WNBA second round pick Cassie Harberts.
But Cooper-Dyke will have plenty of new faces as well. Virginia Tech transfer Alexis Lloyd will be eligible to play after sitting out last season and the Women of Troy added four freshmen: 5-foot-6 guard Chyanne Butler, 5-foot-9 guard McKenzie Calvert, 6-foot-1 forward Kristen Simon and 6-foot-2 forward Amy Okonkwo.