Reitz Announces Addition of Four Signees - UWG Wolves | Athletic Programs | Official Athletics Site (2024)

CARROLLTON, Ga. - University of West Georgia head women's basketball coach Joanna Reitz announced today the addition of four transfers set to join the Wolves in their inaugural season of Division I basketball in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Reitz added three forwards: Spanish International Gal-la Font, elite rebounder Hannah Hicks, and seasoned veteran Amanda Blake. In the backcourt, Reitz added Auburn-Montgomery transfer Grace O'Gara.

"We're thrilled with our spring signing class – they fit the profile of student-athletes we recruit here: talented basketball players, motivated students, and great teammates," said Reitz. "As we make this jump to the Division I level, it was imperative that we added size and length combined with toughness and grit.I applaud them for embracing the challenge of being part of the first group to do something special at the next level."

Font, the Barcelona, Spain native, comes to Carrollton after spending the past two seasons at Western Nebraska Community College. She averaged 7.5 points per game last season for the Cougars, shooting the ball at a 41.4 percent clip from the field and 36.4 percent from the three-point line.

"Gal-la's versatility sets her apart – she is a glue player with a high IQ. Her international experience has really set her up for success in our system," Reitz said of Font. "She understands ball movement and player movement and she is comfortable both scoring the basketball and creating for her teammates."

An All-Region selection at WNCC last season, Font also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, playing and starting 32 games on a Cougar team that went 25-7 and reached the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region 9 Tournament.

Font attended The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee where she was a member of a State Championship team in 2022.

Hicks, a 6-1 forward from Cleveland, Ohio spent the 2023-24 season at Morehead State where she played in 12 games and averaged 3.0 rebounds per game and 17.5 rebounds per 40 minutes.

"Hannah was the best rebounder in the country during her time at JCCand with the loss of Jada Powell to graduation, we were on the hunt for an elite rebounder," Reitz added. "She is tough and relentless inside and we need that paint presence in our new conference."

Prior to her one season at MSU, Hicks was a three-year standout at Jamestown CommunityCollege where she posted a career-record 1,041 rebounds. In 2021-22, she grabbed 436 rebounds which set a single season best at JCC, and her 30 rebounds against Butler County is a single game record. The last two seasons there she led all NJCAA Division II players in rebounds per game, recorded 40 double-doubles and was the NJCAA Region III Player of the Year and an All-American.

Blake, who started 48 games over two seasons at Grambling State, comes to Carrollton after helping the Bulldogs go 23-10 and finish second in the SWAC. In 63 career games played at GSU, she averaged 4.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while also shooting 44.7 percent from the field.

"Amanda provides experience that we need in the post alongside K'Nari Holliday," said Reitz. "They both are skilled and versatile enough to playthe four and fivewhich solves our immediate need of adding size to the line-up. Amanda is a proven winner and is ready to make an immediate impact on our team."

Prior to her two seasons at Grambling, Blake played 53 games at UNC-Asheville and was a Big South All-Academic Team selection. Her prep career at Ashley Ridge High in Summerville, S.C. saw her be named All-State and All-Region.

O'Gara, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, has played in The Coliseum once in her collegiate career as she spent her freshman year at Auburn Montgomery, averaging 9.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. O'Gara was selected to the GSC's All-Tournament Team averaging 22.5 points in games against UWF and VSU.

"As a freshman, Grace established herself as one of the best point guards in the Gulf South. She is tough, gritty, smart, competitive, and she leads," said Reitz. "She has great command of the court, and she can do what the situation calls for whether that be scoring or creating. She is one of the biggest reasons that AUM had such an exceptional season, and we're glad she's now with us as we make this move."

A prep star at Marianapolis Prep in Connecticut, O'Gara scored over 1,000 points in her high school career and was her conference's Most Valuable Player in 2022 and an All-Conference Selection and Tournament MVP in 2023.

"We're excited about the season ahead as these four players are ready to come in and contribute alongside ourstrong core of returning players," concluded Reitz.

These four transfers tally to six newcomers to the 2024-25 roster as they join incoming freshmen Riley Black and Destiny Jones.

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