ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio women's basketball team has added St. Francis (Pa.) transfer, Caitlyn Kroll, to the roster for the 2018-19 season, head coach Bob Boldon announced today. Kroll, a redshirt freshman guard from Bridgeport, Ohio, will have to sit during the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules, however, Kroll will be eligible for the 2019-20 season.
"We are extremely excited to add a player as talented as Caitlyn," Boldon said. "Her ability to play multiple positions well fits with our style of play."
After having to sit her freshman year due to a knee injury that she suffered her senior year of high school, Kroll made up for it during the 2017-18 campaign. She was named the Northeast Conference and ECAC Rookie of the year and was a six-time NEC Rookie of the Week.
On the court, Kroll started all 34 games for the Red Flash, averaged 13.4 points a game while shooting .407 from the field, .326 from three-point range and .824 from the free throw line. She averaged 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. During the season, Kroll registered a career-high 30 points against LIU, going 12-of-19 from the field and 5-of-10 from three-point range. She scored in double figures 22 times and recorded two double-doubles.
In the NEC Championship game, in which the Red Flash won to advance to the NCAA Tournament, Kroll registered a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while also earned all-tournament honors. Meanwhile, in St. Francis' First Round game against UConn, Kroll scored 11 points, going 5-of-10 from the field.
Prior to her time at St. Francis, Kroll was named the District 12 Player of the Year as a senior en route to being named Third Team All-Ohio. Kroll was named First Team OVAC her final three years at Bridgeport as well as All-Valley by the Wheeling News Register. Averaged over 20 points per game in each of her final three seasons.
"Caitlyn has excelled both on the floor and in the classroom at her previous school," Boldon said. "We have the same high expectations for her time at Ohio."