Lady Rebels Sign Arizona Transfer

May 4, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - Aley Rohde, a freshman center for Arizona last season, has signed to play for the UNLV women's basketball team head coach Kathy Olivier announced on Friday. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Rohde will sit out the 2012-13 season, and will be eligible to play starting in 2013-14 with three years left in her career.

"We are extremely excited about Aley joining our team," said Olivier. "Not only does she have great size, she is also a lefty with huge potential and should make an immediate impact on our program."

A 6-5 center and native of Cave Creek, Ariz., Rohde was fifth on the Wildcats last season in scoring with 7.6 points per game, third in rebounding with 6.0 per game, and led the team in blocks with 38 (1.2 bpg). As a freshman, her 31 starts on the year were second-highest on the team, and she posted eight double-figure scoring games on the season, including career-highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Long Beach State on Dec. 11. Six of her double-figure games came in Pac-12 competition.

As a four-year letterwinner for Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Rohde was a four-time all-state and all-region honoree while leading her team to state runner-up finishes all four seasons. She was named regional player of the year in both her junior and senior years. Her first two seasons, she was selected to the All-Arizona team, and was the Arizona Republic Scottsdale Player of the Year in 2009, and set school records during her career for points (37), rebounds (23) and blocks (12) in a game. During her season year at Pinnacle, she was ranked as the No. 36 prospect in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and as the No. 9 center by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

Rohde will be the fifth player to join the Lady Rebel roster next season, joining fall signees and California natives Amie Callaway (La Mesa), Jehiah Cook (Sacramento), Rejane Verin (Los Angeles) and Jazzmeen Williams (San Bernardino). UNLV will be coming off its best record in eight years at 22-10. The Lady Rebels reached the postseason for the first time since 2006 with a trip to the WNIT and will return a pair of All-Mountain West guards for the 2012-13 campaign.