Scoring guard transfers to Illinois
CHAMPAIGN — With an influx of talent, including McDonald’s All-American Chatrice White to go along with some experienced returnees, Illinois women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant was already feeling good about his third season in charge of the program.
With Ball State transfer Brittany Carter now in the mix, Bollant’s belief in his team grew. Carter, a 5-foot-10 guard from St. Louis signed with the Illini on Thursday after spending three seasons with the Cardinals. Carter has one season of remaining and will be eligible immediately after graduating from Ball State this spring.
“She’s a long guard, 5-10 but plays a little bigger because she’s really long,” Bollant said. “She can really shoot it. She’s really smart and skilled and is really going to add a lot to our 2 position.”
Carter averaged 11.4 points and 4.5 rebounds last season at Ball State. In her last game, she scored 17 points against Northwestern and scored 19 points in a game earlier in the season against fellow Big Ten member Purdue.
Carter was also considering Indiana, Missouri and Cal State-Fullerton before signing with the Illini.
Bollant recruited Carter of St. Louis power Incarnate Word when he was the head coach at Green Bay, but ran out of scholarships before she landed at Ball State.
“She never got a chane to visit, but I was familiar with her,” Bollant said. “I followed her at Ball State and we’re excited to add her here.”