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BELTON, Texas- The UMHB women’s basketball team added to its highly-talented incoming recruiting class on Monday morning, as Catherine Kaiser confirmed to True To The Cru that she will transfer from St. Edward’s (Div. II) to UMHB for the 2021-22 season.
Kaiser is a huge addition to UMHB’s roster, as the 6’3 center brings two years of collegiate experience and will compete for a starting role.
The native of Kerrville, Texas played in nine games for the Hilltoppers this past season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in a limited role with just 6.6 minutes per game. She shot 8-for-16 from the field. During her freshman campaign in 2019-20, Kaiser saw action in 16 games, shooting 11-for-18 from the field, with an average of 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest. She played even less as a freshman, averaging just 5.4 minutes per game.
While at Tivy High School, Kaiser was a three-time All-District selection, and in 2019, led Tivy to an appearance in the UIL 5A state semifinals. In a 34-28 loss to Frisco Liberty, Kaiser, then a junior, posted a double-double, with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
A look at her film from high school shows a player who is active on the boards, and posts up well. Expect her to play a key role in the UMHB offense when she is on the floor, as the Cru runs a style of offense that works the ball to the inside and into the paint. One play that often resulted in made shots for Kaiser throughout her high school career featured her coming up from the low post to the top of the key as the defense shifted its focus to the ball-hander on the wing. Almost immediately, the ball was sent in Kaiser’s direction, as she put up a three-point attempt. Though she did not attempt a three during her time at St. Edward’s, that could change at UMHB. Head coach Mark Morefield employs a style of offense that allows post players to find open shots on the perimeter, both inside and outside of the three-point arc.
Kaiser is the second transfer UMHB has secured for this upcoming season, with the other being JUCO product Seanna Boltz of Cowley College.