WASHINGTON – GW women’s basketball head coach Caroline McCombs has announced the addition of four transfer student-athletes that will wear the Buff and Blue in the upcoming 2021-22 season. Taylor Webster, Sheslanie Laureano, Nya Lok and Tyasia Moore are the first additions to McCombs’ recruiting resume at GW since she took over the program last month.
“We are fired up to bring in the newest additions to our GW family,” McCombs said. “We feel like we were able to find some outstanding young women who will represent the Buff and Blue on and off the court. Each individual will impact our program in a variety of ways, but we definitely filled some important positions on our roster for our style of play. My staff did an awesome job of connecting with this group, and we look forward to building our relationships while learning and growing together.”
The four transfer student-athletes join a four-member first-year class that signed with the program in November – guard Leila Patel and forwards Andrea Daley, Sophie Haydon and Michelle Ojo. The 2021-22 roster is now available here.
Washington D.C. // UNC Wilmington // Georgetown Visitation Prep
Webster is making her way back home to the District after finishing her first year at UNCW. The DMV native, and daughter of former GW basketball star Darryl Webster, started all 21 contests for UNCW in 2020-21 and averaged 7.8 ppg, third-most on the team. She also was second on the squad, and sixth in the CAA, with 7.9 rebounds per game. Webster’s career-high 17 points helped lead the Seahawks to a win over the College of Charleston in the first round of the CAA Tournament. Webster was named CAA Rookie of the Week for the first time in her career on March 8 after a dominant performance on the glass, snagging 21 rebounds across two games vs. Towson.
Webster was a three-time All-Met selection at Georgetown Visitation Prep with 1,450 points in her career. In addition to being a GW legacy, her brother, Christian, played at Harvard and is an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, and her sister, Tiffany, played at Quinnipiac.
5’10” // G // Junior
Laureano will join the Buff and Blue after making a statement in a two-year stay at Florida SouthWestern State College. The Bayamon, Puerto Rico native stamped her name in the Bucs record book as a top-ten performer in career scoring (5th), steals (3rd), rebounds (7th), assists (3rd) and 3-pointers (4th). This past year, Laureano led FSW with 15.8 ppg and 3.6 spg, earning First-Team All-Conference honors for the second straight season. Laureano scored in double figures in all but two games for FSW this season, highlighted by a 30-point outing in the Bucs quarterfinal appearance of the FCSAA State Tournament en route to a conference championship.
Laureno, who was rated as the No. 8 junior college recruit this year by World Exposure Report, was a finalist for the National Freshman of the Year by the publication in 2020. In 49 career games, she averaged 15.2 ppg, shooting 47.2% from the floor in addition to 5.8 rpg, 2.6 apg and 2.8 spg.
5’11” // G // Junior
Lok led Midland College to a 13-4 season in 2020-21, including a trip to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Tournament Championship game. Lok was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region V Player of the Week three times throughout the season and was recognized on the All-WJCAC First Team after averaging 14.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.4 apg. The Melbourne, Australia native was one of just two student-athletes to start all 17 contests for the Lady Chaps and registered 10+ points in 13 games.
Lok appeared in 45 games for Midland across two seasons, starting 34 and averaging 10.4 ppg on 44.4% shooting in addition to 5.0 rpg and 1.9 apg.
6’0″ // F // Graduate Student
The second DMV native of the newcomers, Moore spent the last two seasons at Troy where she helped the Trojans clinch two Sun Belt Championships and make an NCAA Tournament appearance as a No. 15 seed in 2021. As a senior, Moore saw action in all 28 games and made seven starts while averaging 9.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg and shooting 45.7% from the field. Moore tallied three double-doubles in 2020-21, highlighted by a career-high 22 points vs. Appalachian State.
Prior to Troy, Moore spent two years at Trinity Valley Community College competing in 44 games and averaging 8.1 ppg. As a prep star at Forestville Military Academy in Maryland, Moore averaged 16.8 ppg, 13.2. rpg, 3.2 apg and 5.0 spg.