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Women’s Basketball | June 11

DeKALB, Illinois – Head coach of the Northern Illinois University women’s basketball team Lisa Carlsen announced on Tuesday the signing of transfer players Kiylynn Dawkins, Marta Hermoso and Maria Serracanta for the 2024-25 season.

“All three players bring size and experience to our squad,” said Carlsen. “Having players with international experience join our program is a win. Kiylynn brings depth and experience at the forward position while also being versatile and athletic. Marta can stretch the court offensively from the forward position. Maria has great length for a defender and is effective in the open court.”

Dawkins, a 6-foot-1 forward from Beaverton, Oregon, comes to NIU after three seasons at Western Oregon. She averaged 10.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 21 games last season and finished the year second on the team in both points and rebounds. Dawkins shot 56 percent from the field as a redshirt sophomore. On Nov. 30, Dawkins posted her best performance to date with 19 points against Central Washington. She scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games from Nov. 25 to Jan. 13, including six double-doubles during that span.

Hermoso, a 6’2″ forward from Seville, Spain, played two seasons at McNeese. She appeared in 21 games as a substitute for the Cowgirls during the 2023-24 season, averaging 1.3 points and 0.8 rebounds per game. Hermoso brings international experience to DeKalb, having played for two years on the Spanish U16 national team. She was also part of the Spanish national team at the 2021 FIBA ​​World Cup.

Serracanta, a 6-foot-4 defender from Sabadell, Spain, has played the past two seasons at Mercer. Last season, Serracanta appeared in 30 games as a substitute for the Bears, averaging 1.4 points and 1.1 assists per game. On Dec. 5, she had seven points and six assists in 21 minutes at Georgia Tech. Prior to Mercer, Serracanta played for FC Barcelona Femenino for five years, helping the team to a state championship and two runner-up finishes, as well as top-six national finishes.

These three student-athletes join Reagan Barkema (Story City, Iowa/Bradley), Makenzie Brass (Shorewood, Ill./Minooka), Lexi Carlsen (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore), Alecia Doyle (Carterville, Ill./SEMO) and Julia “Bubba” Sollberger (Peoria, Ill./Dunlap) as new recruits for the upcoming 2024-25 season.


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