Three week’s ago, the “Big 3” of the CCBC Essex women’s basketball team was collecting All-American and All-Conference honors.
Now, Mya Moye, Kasey Gagan and Aislinn Flynn have all decided where they’ll be playing next season.
The three sophomores were instrumental in leading Essex to a 30-2 record in the program’s first season after a 15-year hiatus, and its first berth in the NJCAA national tournament since 1978.
Unfortunately for them, and the rest of the Knights, they weren’t able to play for a national title as the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flynn has committed to Long Island University, while Moye and Gagan have both committed to UMBC.
Both are NCAA Division I schools.
Another CCBC Essex sophomore, Rayah Fink, has committed to play at Division II West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
Moye had a superlative season, being named a first-team All-American and Sophomore of the Year by World Exposure Women’s Basketball, and the Maryland JuCo Player of the Year..
She also set an NJCAA record with an 81-point game.
Gagan was named a second team All-American by World Exposure Women’s Basketball and was, along with Moye, a first-team All-Conference selection.
Flynn was named second-team All-Conference and came within a half-point of averaging a double-double for the season. She was a strong rebounder and an inside player who could step back and sink three-pointers.
Fink, a 6-foot-1 guard who transferred to Essex from Loch Haven University, was second on the team in rebounding with 6.8 per game and scored an average of seven points per game while averaging 15 minutes on the floor.
To replenish the roster and make another run at the NJCAA tournament, Essex coach Mike Seney has received commitments from several promising players.
Ka’Lerra Reed is a guard from Cleveland who is transferring from Trinity Valley Community College. “She has the ball on a string and shoot it with the best of them,” Seney said.
Tania Hill, a 6-foot-1 wing player, is transferring from UMBC, while 6-foot guard/forward freshman Destini Sterling will be joining the Knights after scoring over 1,000 career points at Capital Christian Academy.
Dominique Allen is a 6-foot forward who is transferring from Division II Lincoln University. Allen played in 29 games as a freshman at Lincoln, and was a 1,000-point scorer at Takoma Academy.
Toyin Allen is a 6-foot-1 forward who was an All-Maryland selection during her junior season at Great Mills High, where she finished with over 1,000 career points.
Vanessa Schwarzmann, a 5-foot-9 wing from Largo High, also committed last week. She was an All-Prince George’s County selection her junior and senior years at Largo.
“Vanessa will fit right into our system,” Seney. “She is a shooter with deep range. [She] fits our style like a glove and is going to shoot it as much as she wants here.”