The image Asiah Dingle tweeted when she announced that she was headed to Stony Brook University on Long Island. She wore No. 3 at Kent State.
Former Kent State guard Asiah Dingle announced on Twitter Monday that she would join the women’s team at Stony Brook University, last season’s American East Conference champions.
Dingle, who was KSU’s leading scorer last season, said last week she was transferring from Kent State. She scored 785 points in her two seasons with the Flashes.
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Stony Brook went 28-3 last season, the best record in school history. The Seawolves were ranked 12th in the final Mid-Major Top 25 by CollegeInsider.com.
Dingle spoke publicly for the first time about the transfer in an interview with Boston Globe correspondent Greg Levinsky posted Tuesday.
The primary reason, she said, was the health of her father.
Most important, she said was “being closer to my family. In case anything happens to him, I’ll be able to come home right away.
“Besides that, [Kent State] wasn’t really a good fit for me. I love the people there, though, especially my teammates.”
Stony Brook on the north shore of Long Island, about 250 miles from Boston, about a four-hour drive. Kent is about 630 miles from Dingle’s home.
Dingle said she planned to apply for a hardship waiver to NCAA transfer rules to become immediately eligible to play for the Seawolves. The NCAA currently requires transfers to sit out a year. Such a waiver can be granted for an illness or other need to be near home.
The NCAA is actively studying on a “one-time transfer” rule that would allow any player to transfer once in her career and immediately be eligible to play. Some observers have speculated that a decision could come in May and that the one-time transfer could go into effect this summer.
If she’s eligible, Dingle should have a chance to move immediately into the starting lineup. Last year’s starter at point guard was Kalea Haire, a graduate transfer from Seton Hall. A second-team all-conference selection, she was second on the team in scoring and led it in assists.
The Globe story said Dingle was impressed that Stony Brook head coach Caroline McCombs reached out to her directly once Dingle put her name in the transfer portal.
“It’s a family atmosphere,” Dingle said.
On Monday, Stony Brook gave McCombs a contract extension through the 2024-25 season.