September 17, 2014

NU women’s basketball adds junior college transfer to ’14-’15 class

Nebraska Coach Connie Yori added a seventh newcomer to the Huskers’ 2014-15 women’s basketball roster with the signing of junior college All-America forward/center Anya (goes by Hanna) Kalenta on Tuesday.

Kalenta, a 6-3 sophomore forward/center at Vincennes University in 2013-14, was a third-team NJCAA All-America honoree after leading the Trailblazers with team-best averages of 20.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Her scoring average ranked 13th in NJCAA, while her rebounding average ranked 22nd. Her 62 blocks also ranked 20th nationally.

The native of Minsk, Belarus hit 51.1 percent of her shots from the field, including 41 percent of her three-pointers for the Vincennes, Ind., school, which finished with a 23-7 overall record. She hit 32 three-pointers on the year.

“I’m excited that we were able to add Hanna to our roster,” Yori said. “I really like her. Not just as a player, but as a person. She can definitely help us at forward with her ability to score and rebound, and she will give us some depth at a position where we needed it. I also really love her personality. She has a great sense of humor, and I think she will fit in well with our current players.”

The 20-year-old Kalenta joins a 2014-15 class of newcomers that was ranked as the No. 9 incoming class in the nation during the fall. She is the only junior in the group, which features six freshmen. One of the nation’s top point guards, Natalie Romeo from the Bay Area in California headlines the class, along with two-time Tennessee Class 2-AA Player-of-the-Year Jasmine Cincore.

Story courtesy of Huskers.com