After spending two seasons with Buffalo, combo guard Gabi Bade will not return to Women’s Hoops next season. The junior-to-be has transferred to Sacramento State.
Bade came to Buffalo from the Pinewood School in Milpitas, California and was an instant impact freshman. She was known for her prowess from beyond the arc and had a handful of breakout games despite averaging just 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds a contest.
This past season it seemed that Bade improved but her minutes along with her production disappeared significantly by the time MAC play rolled around. With single-digit minutes becoming commonplace, she actually had a worse stat in points per game at 3.3.
Without Bade, it is extremely safe to say that UB Women’s Basketball would be without a Mid-American Conference Championship. In the MAC semifinals of her freshman campaign, she lead the Bulls to victory with 13 points from the top of the key after floor general Stephanie Reid fouled out in an 88-87 result against Akron.
This isn’t a bad move on Bade’s part, the depth on this team is insane and it became clear that there wasn’t much room for her to get a decent amount of minutes. Reid will of course take care of things from point with incoming 5-4 Canadian guard Hanna Hall. Then there’s plenty of competition at the two with UMass transfer Cierra Dillard, the Sisters Ups, and JuCo transfer Autumn Jones.
|Guard||Stephanie Reid (PG)||Ayoleka Sodade||Theresa Onwuka||Hanna Hall (PG)|
|Guard||Liisa Ups (Combo)||Cierra Dillard|
|Guard||Katherine Ups||Autumn Jones (Combo)|
|Forward||Mariah Suchan||Courtney Wilkins||Summer Hemphill||Marissa Hamilton|
Bade joins the departures of JoAnna Smith (graduation) and Lawrencia Moten (left team).
Good luck Gabi, and thanks for the help on securing UB’s first MAC title.