Geonna Waddell to transfer to UMHB women’s basketball

BELTON, Texas- The UMHB women’s basketball team has secured an immediate addition to the roster in freshman guard Geonna Waddell, who joins the program after beginning the 2021-22 season with the University of the Southwest. 

“I felt like this was the place to be because it is closer to home and Coach Morefield recruited me since I was a junior in high school,” Waddell told True To The Cru Monday. “He made me feel welcomed and showed that he believed in me all those years. So when I decided I wanted to transfer, I felt like it would feel like home coming to this school and playing for a coach who cares about his team and treats his players like we are his own children.”

A native of Houston, Texas, Waddell played two seasons with the Mustangs, an NAIA program in Hobbs, New Mexico. She made her collegiate debut against Texas A&M-Texarkana on Jan. 15, 2021, playing 12 minutes with one point and one rebound. Waddell saw action in 11 games a season ago, started two, and averaged 5.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. She tallied a career-high 16 points in a Jan. 23 win at Jarvis Christian College.

This season, she saw 10 minutes of action in a Nov. 9 exhibition at D-I Abilene Christian, scoring two points, and also played 12 minutes in a Nov. 15 loss to New Mexico Highlands. 

A 5’3 guard, she averaged 11.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 2.1 steals per game while as a senior at Houston’s Lutheran North High School. During that 2019-20 season, Waddell led her team to two playoff wins, as they assembled a 15-14 record. She was a two-time First Team All-District honoree, and twice named All-State and Academic All-State. 

The UMHB roster now includes 24 players. 

Riley Zayas is the managing editor of True To The Cru. He can be emailed at rileyzayas@truetothecru.com.

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