ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Oakland women’s basketball Head Coach Jeff Tungate announced Thursday the addition of University of Alabama transfer, LaKyesha Stennis during the spring signing period.
"We are really excited to have LaKyesha join our program. She is an outstanding player and an even better person. Our program has been very successful the past couple years bringing in Division I transfers,” Tungate said. “I know LaKyesha will continue this trend of players transferring to Oakland and having successful careers. With the outstanding incoming freshman we signed in the fall, along with the transfer of LaKyesha, I'm really looking forward to the continued success of our program with this recruiting class."
Stennis, a Lexington, Ky. native averaged 5.4 minutes per game and appeared in 13 games during the 2016-17 campaign for the Crimson Tide. The 5’10 guard played two seasons at Southwest Tennessee Community College before transferring to Alabama.
At STCC she was named a 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America Third Team selection and the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Player of the Year. Stennis earned first team All-TCCAA accolades for two-straight seasons and tallied 1,021 points in her career at Southwest Tennessee, sixth all-time in program history. During her sophomore campaign she averaged 20.3 points, good for first in the conference and 10th nationally, and also led the Lady Saluqis in free throw percentage (.759) and steals (2.1).
Per NCAA transfer rules, Stennis will have to sit out for the Golden Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season, and will have one year of eligibility left during the 2018-19 campaign.