May 15, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV has just made the best post game in the Mountain West even better, as the Lady Rebels added 6-3 center Haley Bodnar Rydalch, a graduate transfer from BYU, to the 2018-19 roster, head coach Kathy Olivier announced Tuesday. Rydalch, who began her collegiate career at Purdue, will be immediately eligible for UNLV next season, with the potential to play two years for the Lady Rebels pending a successful waiver from the NCAA.
The 2014 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year for Desert Hills High School, Rydalch led her team to the 3A state title as a senior while averaging 14 points per game. She also helped the team to a state runner-up finish as a junior, and was a three-time first team all-state selection. Ranked as the No. 20 center in the nation by Collegiate Girls Report, Rydalch played her freshman season at Purdue before transferring to BYU. After sitting out in 2015-16 due to transfer rules, she appeared in 14 games for the Cougars, before missing this past season with a knee injury.
"Haley is a big get for us and is going to make our post game even deeper," said Olivier. "We first recruited her in high school and are excited to have her come join us now. Haley is an outstanding post player that can shoot and has a nose for the ball, while she's a very talented rebounder as well. We're hopeful that we will get her for two years, and she will be a big boost to our team."
UNLV is bringing back a loaded roster for the 2017-18 season as four starters, including all three post players, return from last year's squad that won the first MW regular-season title in school history (14-4 conference record), and earned a postseason bid to the WNIT for the second straight year before finishing with a 19-12 overall mark.
Rydalch joins a very talented group of newcomers to the team for the fall that includes Justice Ethridge, the 2018 Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year from Centennial High School (Las Vegas), Kambrayia Elzy, an all-league guard from Mission Oak High School (Tulare, California), and transfers LaTecia Smith (Seton Hall) and Bailey Thomas (West Virginia) who will both be eligible to play next season after sitting out 2017-18 due to NCAA transfer rules.