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After a historic first-year season under head coach Mark Kellogg, the WVU women's basketball team signed several key players during the offseason in hopes of improving its performance even further.

Last season, the Mountaineers finished 25-8 and had a conference record of 12-6. They finished sixth in the Big 12 Tournament, winning one game but losing to Kansas State in the second.

The team's next stop was Iowa City, where they would face Princeton and possibly Iowa after being selected as the eighth seed in the NCAA tournament. The team defeated Princeton and was tied with Iowa with five minutes left, but ultimately lost in heartbreaking fashion to Caitlin Clark in the second round.

It was the 12th time the program reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and the first time since 2021. The program has only made it to the Sweet Sixteen once, in 1992. Coach Kellogg is looking to change that this upcoming season.

The first step to building on last year's success is to bring back the girls who made it possible, and Kellogg has certainly done that.

All-American Honorable Mention and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year JJ Quinerly will return for her final season with the goal of becoming WVU's all-time leader in steals, a goal she has set since arriving on campus in 2021.

Quinerly's buddy Jordan Harrison will also return to WVU for her junior season. The point guard led the Big 12 in assists for much of the season and also began to find a real scoring role toward the end of the year. Together, Quinerly and Harrison could form the best backcourt in the conference next season.

In addition to the Mountaineers' two star guards, Kellogg was also able to bring back many key forwards for next season, including starters Kylee Blacksten and Kyah Watson. Two key players returned from the bench, Danelle Arigbabu and Tirzah Moore.

Senior guards Ashala Moseberry and Zya Nugent also return to play in Morgantown. Moseberry was ineligible due to transfer waivers and Nugent was out with a neck injury after coming to the team from Stephen F. Austin with coach Kellogg.

Among the first transfers brought in for next season is Sydney Shaw, who played two seasons at Auburn, where she averaged 7.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. The point guard brings another level of defensive skill to an already star-studded backcourt.

Célia Rivière, a junior, is a transfer from Northwest Florida State and was a second-team NJCAA All-American last season. In her sophomore season, Rivière averaged 12.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The 6-foot-3 forward brings a much-needed rebounding ability to a very undermanned team.

While transfers are the fastest way to build a program, Kellogg has also spent some time investing in the future, bringing two four-star recruits into the program as freshmen.

Destiny Agubata, a defender, and Jordan Thomas, a forward, are the 96th and 81st ranked recruits in the country.

The basketball season is still a long way from where it is now this summer, but Kellogg has stated that his goal is to continue to grow the basketball program in Morgantown and hopefully fill the Coliseum for an NCAA Tournament game.

It is fair to say that Kellogg and his team have caused quite a stir this offseason in their quest for greater success.

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