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Players

Sara Rokkanen

No. 1 - Sara Rokkanen

  • Position - Guard
  • Year - Junior
  • Hometown - Helsinki, Finland/Mäkelänrinne
  • Major - Visual Arts
Mikaela Boyd

No. 2 - Mikaela Boyd

  • Position - Guard
  • Year - Senior
  • Hometown - Hillside, Ill./Proviso West
  • Major - Masters in Business Administration
Mariella Santucci

No. 3 - Mariella Santucci

  • Position - Guard
  • Year - Junior
  • Hometown - Bologna, Italy/Liceo Scientifico Sabin
  • Major - International Business
Sarah St-Fort

No. 5 - Sarah St-Fort

  • Position - Forward
  • Year - Senior
  • Hometown - Montreal, Quebec/Dawson College
  • Major - Masters in Business Administration
Merveilles Mae Tshitenge

No. 10 - Merveilles "Mae" Tshitenge

  • Position - Forward
  • Year - Senior
  • Hometown - Nuechatel, Switzerland/ESCC
  • Major - Recreational Therapy
Tatyana Davis

No. 12 - Tatyana Davis

  • Position - Guard
  • Year - Sophomore
  • Hometown - Madision, GA/Morgan County
  • Major - Recreational Therapy
Mariah Copeland

No. 13 - Mariah Copeland

  • Position - Guard
  • Year - Sophomore
  • Hometown - Toledo, OH/Notre Dame Academy
  • Major - Business Administration
Tyra Carlsten-Handberg

No. 14 - Tyra Carlsten-Handberg

  • Position - Forward
  • Year - Sophomore
  • Hometown - Stockholm, Sweden/Bromma Gymnasium
  • Major - International Business
Kaayla McIntyre

No. 15 - Kaayla McIntyre

  • Position - Center
  • Year - Senior
  • Hometown - Toledo, OH/Notre Dame Academy
  • Major - Criminal Justice
Sophia Fortner

No. 21 - Sophia Fortner

  • Position - Guard
  • Year - Freshman
  • Hometown - Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth
  • Major - Exercise Science
Tanaya Beacham

No. 23 - Tanaya Beacham

  • Position - Forward
  • Year - Sophomore
  • Hometown - Youngstown, OH/Toledo Rogers
  • Major - Criminal Justice
Jaela Johnson

No. 25 - Jaela Johnson

  • Position - Guard
  • Year - Freshman
  • Hometown - Louisville, KY/DuPont Manual
  • Major - Psychology
Lexi Lance

No. 31 - Lexi Lance

  • Position - Forward
  • Year - Freshman
  • Hometown - Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth
Nakiah Black

No. 33 - Nakiah Black

  • Position - Guard
  • Year - Sophomore
  • Hometown - Concord, NC/Forest Trail Academy
  • Major - Communications

Coaches




Tricia Cullop - Head Coach

Entering her 11th year at the helm of the Toledo women’s basketball program, head coach Tricia Cullop has rebuilt a Mid-American Conference powerhouse.

UT has hung seven postseason banners in Coach Cullop’s time patrolling the sidelines, including a 2011 Postseason WNIT championship, one MAC Championship, two MAC regular-season and four MAC West Division banners from the rafters of Savage Arena.

Under Coach Cullop’s guidance, the Midnight Blue & Gold has amassed an impressive 220-111 overall record and a 116-54 conference mark. Individually, 12 Rockets have earned All-MAC honors on 27 occasions.

Coach Cullop, who has a 343-221 record in her 18-year coaching career, was named the Toledo head coach on April 18, 2008, becoming the ninth coach in the program’s history.

A 1993 graduate of Purdue University, Coach Cullop received a bachelor’s degree in communications. As a four-year letterwinner with the Boilermakers, she was part of three-straight NCAA Championship teams (1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92) that won Purdue’s first-ever Big Ten championship. Cullop was a team captain in 1992-93 and a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection under head coach Lin Dunn. A 2018 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame honoree, she was named the Purdue Mortar Board Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 1993.

A native of Bicknell, Ind., Coach Cullop was a 1989 High School All-American at North Knox High School. She was also a member of the North Squad in the 1991 U.S. Sports Festival.

Coach Cullop is the daughter of Theodore and Jannette Cullop, and has two sisters, Tammy and Tracy.

LaNitra Perry - Associate Head Coach

LaNitra works with all aspects of the program, including, perimeter-player development, recruiting, academic support and opponent scouting.

Perry is making her second stint with UT after being the associate head coach at the University of Memphis last season.

"I'm thrilled to have LaNitra back," three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. "She played an integral role in helping us re-establish a championship mentality during her previous stint at UT. I know our alumni will be excited to see her back because of the great bonds she developed during that time, and I can’t wait for our current players and recruits to enjoy her infectious personality. LaNitra is an outstanding person, possesses a tremendous work ethic and is very knowledgeable in every aspect of the game."

nitra.perry@utoledo.edu

Danielle Page - Assistant Coach

Danielle Page is in her first season as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo. Page will work with all aspects of the program, including post-player development, international recruiting, academic support and opponent scouting.

Coach Page comes to Toledo after a decade-long professional career, including a Bronze Medal and a stint with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

"Coach Page is a proven winner at all levels and an outstanding person. When I spoke to Carol Callan (USA women's basketball Team director), Connie Yori (former Nebraska HC) and Keith Van Horn (former Utah MBB standout and NBA player), everyone had great things to say about Danielle. Timing couldn’t have been better as Danielle just wrapped up her professional career by helping her team win the Hungarian Championship and was looking for an opportunity to join the coaching ranks." -Coach Cullop

danielle.page@utoledo.edu


Support Staff

Mike O'Brien
Athletic Director

Lauren Flaum
Director of Basketball Operations
lauren.flaum2@utoledo.edu
419.530.2363

Brian Debenedictis
Dir. of Player Development & Community Engagement/Assoc. Ath. Communications Director
brian.debenedictis@utoledo.edu
419.530.4919

Brad Pierson
Asst. Dir. of Sports Med./Assoc. Head Athletic Trainer

Jillian Lehman
Academic Coordinator / Coordinator for Student-Athlete Development
jillian.lehman@utoledo.edu
419.530.3517

Brandon Hannum
Asst. Dir. Strength & Conditioning

Max Minor
Digital Content (WBB)

Last Updated: 3/19/19