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Cincinnati Bearcats Women’s Basketball Announces Fantastic Recruiting Class

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The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team had a bit of a down year in this odd 2020-2021 season. Besides All-World Talent IImar’i Thomas, Cincinnati was a young, often overmatched team.

Fear not! Head coach Michelle Clark-Heard has brought in some impressive reinforcements.

The Bearcats announced an eight-player recruiting class, which features four transfers and two international players.

Noteworthy in particular in Cincinnati’s new class is the three-point shooting firepower headed for the Fifth Third Arena.

Emerita Mashaire, a 6’0 forward from Helsinki, Finland, was a genuine gunner on the Finnish U18 national team in recent years.

Lojain Elfatairy, a 5’5 guard from Cairo, Egypt, was rated the best three-point shooter in Africa during a recent African U16 Championship.

Joining this pair of international shooting aces is a very prominent graduate transfer—Akira Levy, who starred at Vanderbilt in the SEC. This is a reunion for Levy and Clark-Heard. Originally, Levy signed on with Western Kentucky while Clark-Heard was still coaching in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The Bearcats have also won a noteworthy commitment from recent local high school star Neveah Dean, who was one of the top players in Lakota West High history before starting her college career at Virginia Tech.

More details soon on this bumper class. Thanks for your support for Down the Drive.