Mary Ashley Stevenson commits to Stanford

Published May 14, 2024, 7:18 p.m., last updated May 15, 2024, 4:09 a.m.

On Tuesday, women’s basketball head coach Kate Paye announced that Mary Ashley Stevenson, the 2024 Big Ten Freshman of the Year at Purdue, has transferred to Stanford.

“Mary Ashley is another fantastic addition to our program, someone who is fiercely competitive and works incredibly hard to improve each day,” Paye said in a press release. “She embraces everything that Stanford has to offer, is diligent in the classroom and a dedicated student of the game. We are thrilled that she decided Stanford is the place for her and are excited to welcome her into the fold.”

The six-foot-two forward started 33 games for Purdue last season and averaged nearly 10 points and 5 rebounds per game, including a career-high of 25 points against Illinois. Coming out of high school, Stevenson was ranked No. 97 in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz. 

“What I admire about the Stanford community is its commitment to excellence in everything it does,” Stevenson said. “That same commitment to excellence is what I seek to embody as a Stanford student-athlete.”

As the third undergraduate transfer in Stanford women’s basketball history, Stevenson’s signing indicates that Stanford may be more open to accepting transfers in the future. Tess Heal announced her transfer from Santa Clara to Stanford yesterday.

Stevenson, who has three years of eligibility remaining, brings more experience and scoring to the Cardinal’s young roster, especially following the losses of Cameron Brink, Kiki Iriafen and Hannah Jump.

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