STATE COLLEGE – The Penn State women’s basketball team announced the addition of five players Monday. The Nittany Lions signed a four-member class in November.
Second-year Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger’s latest haul — which includes a junior college and a Division I transfer — spans from Sweden to the Caribbean.
"We are thrilled to welcome these five new members to our Penn State family," Kieger said in a statement. "Each of these young ladies will be fantastic additions as people, students and players. They will all exemplify our core values and represent our program with PRIDE. We are excited to get them to campus to start working toward building our future."
Monday’s additions include guard Niya Beverley (Univ. of Wisconsin), guard Mekenna Boyd (Williston, Vermont), forward Britnay Gore (Cleveland State Community College), guard Tova Sabel (Stockholm, Sweden) and guard Constance Thomas (Plant City, Florida).
Beverley, who will sit out a year in accordance with the NCAA's transfer rule, arrives as the most seasoned of the group. She logged 75 starts and played in 90 games for the Badgers. Beverley, from Laurel, Maryland, saw action in 28 games last season. She posted a career-high 19 points against Penn State and ended the year with a 7.8 points-per-game average. Beverley’s 28.1 minutes per game and 78 assists ranked second on the team.
"I chose Penn State because this is an incredible opportunity to push myself academically and as a basketball player,” she said in a statement. “I love the family environment and the chance to pursue becoming a sports psychologist."
Gore hails from Antigua and starred at Princess Margaret High before landing at Cleveland State Community College. The 6-foot-2 Gore averaged 13.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and shot 50.4% during her junior college career. According to The Chattanoogan, Gore is the first Cleveland State player to sign with a Power Five team in 25 years. Gore, who was a member of Antigua’s U-16 national basketball and volleyball teams, is a two-time first-team TCCAA All-Conference selection.
"Britnay brings length, athleticism and versatility,” Kieger said. “She has proven to be an elite rebounder and paint protector against high-level competition. She is a consistent finisher around the rim and loves to get out and run the floor. Adding a double-double was a high priority for our staff, and Brit fills this role and more. Her best basketball is ahead of her."
Sabel brings a trove of accolades to Penn State. In 2019 she was dubbed the most valuable player of the U-19 European League; she and her Alvik Basket teammates claimed the 2020 Swedish Cup title during a run in which Sable tallied 10.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest; and she was a four-year member of Sweden’s national team.
"I chose Penn State because I believe in the coaching philosophy and the possibility for me to grow as a person and a player with help from this team,” Sabel said in a statement. “The school atmosphere and the feeling I got from just looking at pictures and talking to people seem awesome."
Thomas posted 1,345 points, 250 assists and 230 steals during her prep career, which she spent at Columbia High (Decatur, Georgia) and Camp Jewell Academy (Plant City, Florida).
For three seasons Thomas was named her team’s most valuable player, and she is a two-time first-team All-Region selection.
Last season, the 5-9 Thomas led Camp Jewell Academy to a district title.
"I chose Penn State because of the organization itself,” Thomas said in a statement. “What got my attention is that all the coaches experienced basketball, and some experienced the professional level which grabbed my attention even more.”
Penn State last season finished 7-23 overall and 1-17 in Big Ten contests.