SEATTLE – (June 20) Seattle University women’s basketball has announced the addition of three newcomers to its roster. Olivia Crawford, Chinwe Ezeonu, and Hailey Vice-Neat will join the Redhawks for the 2018-19 season.
“Collectively, this group of transfers adds versatility, speed, scoring ability, experience, and fit perfectly in terms of personality with our returning class,” said Coach Suzy Barcomb, who will enter her third season this fall.
Barcomb guided SU to its first-ever WAC Championship in March. The Redhawks made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, playing at Oregon in the first round.
Crawford will have two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from the University of Hawai’i. She will be able to play during the 2018-19 campaign.
Ezeonu and Vice-Neat will both have three years of eligilibity after transferring from San Jose State and Boise State, respectively. Both will sit out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Crawford, a native of Lakewood, Wash., started all 30 games at Hawai’i in the 2016-17 season, helping the Rainbow Wahine win the Big West Championship. At Lakes High, she was second team all-state and all-area student-athlete of the year in 2015. Crawford averaged 22 points per game as a senior, helping her team advance to regionals.
“Olivia was a mid-winter transfer in 2017-18,” said Barcomb. “She had an immediate impact upon our program with her positive attitude, skillset and work ethic. She has been a welcomed addition to our program and will prove valuable, bringing experience and depth to the point guard and two-guard position. Her ability to get to the rim and score, along with her court vision, is a great combination for our offense. Olivia made significant progress over the spring and has provided our young program with leadership and enthusiasm. We are excited to see her in a Seattle uniform.”
Ezeonu appeared in 19 games at San Jose State last season. At Seattle Prep, she averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds a game in her four-year career. Ezeonu was a two-year team captain, helping Seattle Prep make a deep run in the state tournament.
“We are thrilled to have Chinwe return to Seattle and join our program,” said Barcomb. “She had a highly successful high school career at Seattle Prep and we love to have local talent stay in this wonderful city and call Seattle University their home. With sitting out a year, Chinwe will have ample time to acclimate herself to our program, develop her game and be an important part of phase three of our process of building championship culture. She will add much-needed depth to our front court which will allow us to play a bigger, yet mobile lineup when needed. We are looking forward to Chinwe joining our program.”
Vice-Neat played in 19 contests at Boise State in the 2017-18 season. The 6-3 forward put up 11 points and 10 rebounds per game in her senior year at Cardinal Newman. She earned all-conference honors in each year of her high school career. Vice-Neat was key in Cardinal Newman’s run to the Northern California Regional final in 2017.
“We feel fortunate Hailey is bringing her talents to Seattle University for the remainder of her eligibility,” said Barcomb. “She is long, lanky and fits well into our present system, playing as the trail, wing position and possibly finding mismatches on the inside. Her length will bolster our abilities to play a variety of lineups, both offensively and defensively. She has a feathery touch from the three-point line and can go off the bounce. Hailey will gain valuable knowledge and get accustomed to our system this upcoming season and we expect her to make a big impact on the court.”