UND women's basketball loses two guards to transfer portal

Mar. 18—GRAND FORKS — Two UND women's basketball players entered the transfer portal Monday.

Freshman guard Mahogany Cottingham and senior guard DJ Davis both entered the portal on the first day of the NCAA transfer window, which is open from March 18 to May 1.

Davis started 19 games this season for the Fighting Hawks, including the first eight Summit League games. She came off the bench in eight of the last nine conference games this season.

Davis shot 33.3% from the field and 30.6% from three-point range in her third season in Grand Forks. She averaged 3.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season. Davis scored 10 points in a Nov. 24 loss at Southern Mississippi, the last time this season she scored in double digits.

Cottingham appeared in 19 games this season and played a season-high 23 minutes in a Nov. 28 win over Minot State. She last played Feb. 1 against South Dakota.

She was 6-for-34 shooting in her appearances. Cottingham averaged 1.2 points per game this season with a career-high five points against Concordia College Nov. 15.

Davis has one year of eligibility left, while Cottingham has three.

"It was a difficult year," Bernhard said following UND's 9-21 season. "I think we faced a lot of challenges. This year was a really good learning experience, good or bad. Take it however you want. But as I've evaluated ... I think there's a lot to be learned from a season like this.

"Obviously, it's a pivotal time. I don't think it's any secret the portal opens on Monday. So what does our roster look like (next season)? We're working to determine that."

UND has three guards signed in the class of 2024: Grand Forks Red River standout Jocelyn Schiller, Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier's Mataeya Mathern and 2023 South Dakota all-state guard Skyler Volmer. Schiller and Mathern

were named finalists for North Dakota Miss Basketball


Sophomore center Darcy Jardine left UND midseason and entered the portal. She signed with Division II Western Colorado.

Former Grafton standout Walker Demers also entered the portal Monday. The sophomore center started 43 games for South Dakota, and 30 of 32 this year.

Demers shot 50.7% this season and averaged 6.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

The 2021 North Dakota state champion, who left high school to early enroll at South Dakota, has two years of eligibility remaining.

South Dakota accepted an invitation to play in the WNIT and will host UC Riverside at 7 p.m. Friday.