Aliyah Matharu Joins Gators for 2022-23 Season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida ladies’s basketball head coach Kelly Rae Finley introduced on Tuesday the signing of the switch Aliyah Matharu to the Gators’ 2022-23 roster.

Matharu joins the Gators after spending the earlier season at Texas, showing in all 36 contests for the Longhorns whereas averaging 12 factors, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 assists. Her efforts on the courtroom resulted in Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors.

“Aliyah is a confirmed three-level scorer with the flexibility to influence the sport on each ends of the ground,” Finley mentioned. “She is a competitor whose expertise and fun-loving persona will deliver added pleasure to the O’Dome! We are trying ahead to welcoming Aliyah to Gator Nation this fall!

During her time with Texas, Matharu paced the workforce offensively with 12 factors per recreation whereas main the Longhorns with 77 made three-pointers. For the 12 months, she ranked second within the Big 12 and sixteenth nationally with a 42.1 proportion from behind the arc. Two of the very best video games of her profession got here towards Southeastern Conference opponents, together with a 27-point outing at Tennessee (Nov. 21. 2021) and a 26-point efficiency, together with a 5-of-9 mark from behind the arc, at Texas A&M on Dec. 5, 2021.

“I’m excited to hitch this system and I’ve heard nothing however good issues about Coach Kelly and her workers,” Matharu mentioned. “I believe it means lots if you’re in a position to begin from the underside and build-up. They did such an incredible job final 12 months and I’m trying ahead to working together with her, Coach CJ and the remainder of the workers and workforce to make no matter influence I can. It’s actually a tremendous alternative and I am unable to wait to get there!”

A local of Washington DC, Matharu spent her freshman and sophomore campaigns at Mississippi State. As a sophomore she averaged 10.2 factors, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per recreation, rating third on the workforce in scoring and was second in three-pointers made with 26. Matharu recorded three-or-more 3-pointers in six video games and shot 50%-or-better in eight video games. She matched her season excessive with 19 factors towards LSU on Feb. 25 and added three boards together with three steals. Her first 19-point effort of the season got here on Jan. 3 towards No. 13 Kentucky and had been buoyed by three 3-pointers. She additionally added a career-high 4 assists towards the Wildcats.

The 2019-20 season noticed Matharu named the SEC Freshman of the Week twice. She ranked second on the workforce in 3-pointers (33) and posted 11 double-digit scoring efforts, together with six video games with not less than 15 factors. Matharu first earned freshman of the week accolades on Jan. 28 following sturdy performances at Vanderbilt and South Carolina. She recorded 11 of Mississippi State’s 22 factors within the fourth quarter towards Vanderbilt and scored all 10 of her factors towards top-ranked South Carolina throughout a 2:05 stretch within the third quarter. She additionally earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after posting back-to-back profession video games towards Arkansas and Ole Miss, averaging 21.0 factors, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per recreation. At Ole Miss, she recorded a career-high 24 factors on 8-of-12 taking pictures and knocked down a career-best 5 3-pointers to go along with 4 rebounds, two steals and an help.

Prior to becoming a member of the collegiate ranks, Matharu helped Team USA win the silver medal on the World University Games in the summertime of 2019. She completed with 12 factors and three rebounds in a win over China throughout a quarterfinal contest.

Matharu was named the 2019 espnW HoopGurlz Stock-Riser of the Year after averaging 17.7 factors and three.5 steals per recreation as a highschool senior at Bishop McNamara. She was rated as a five-star recruit by espnW HoopGurlz and was ranked No. 28 general and seventh on the level guard place for the category of 2019. A 2019 MaxPreps All-America fifth workforce choice, Matharu additionally acquired All-MET first workforce honors as a senior in 2019 and fourth workforce recognition as a junior in 2018. She was named to the All-WCAC first workforce in 2018 and 2019 and helped Bishop McNamara climb to the highest spot of the espnW 25 Power Rankings for 5 weeks as a senior.

2022-23 Florida Women’s Basketball Signees

Frieda Buhner | Fr. | F | 6-3 | Osnabruck, Germany | Osnabruck
Leilani Correa | Sr. | Q | 6-0 | Manchester, NJ | St. Johns
KK Deans | Sr. | Q | 5-8 | Greensboro, NC | West Virginia
Ra Shaya Kyle | Jr. | C| 6-6 | Marion, Ind. | Purdue
Aliyah Matharu | Sr. | Q | 5-7 | Washington, DC | Texas
Myka Perry | Fr. | Q | 6-1 | Norman, Okla. | Norman HS

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