University of Akron women's basketball head coach Jodi Kest announced Monday that Cleveland native Therany Dunnigan will join the program in 2013-14.
The 6-2 forward, a transfer from North Carolina State University, will sit out the upcoming season per NCAA regulations, but will have two years of eligibility to compete for the Zips beginning in 2014-15.
"Therany is a player we recruited heavily out of high school, so we are very excited to have her join our Akron family," said Kest. "She is a true post player who is very strong, rebounds the ball well and can finish inside. She will bring athleticism and power to our post game."
Dunnigan appeared in 17 games in her two years with NC State, averaging 6.1 minutes and 1.1 rebounds per game. She graduated from Midpark High School in 2011, leading the team to a 22-3 overall record and 14-0 division mark while averaging 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.
Before her standout senior season, Dunnigan spent the first three years of her prep career at legendary Regina High School in Cleveland, leading the squad to the Division III state title as a sophomore and the state semifinals as a freshman.
"Therany's role will be very important this upcoming season," Kest added. "She will provide tough competition to our players in her year of residency. As we graduate six seniors in 2014, four being post players, Therany will have the opportunity to make an impact as well as provide leadership and experience to a young team."
Dunnigan joins the group of four newcomers already set to join Akron in the fall as true freshmen – Keanna Gary (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Hannah Plybon (Orrville, Ohio), Alex Ricketts (Mercer, Pa.) and Hannah Scipio (Westerville, Ohio).