Freshmen Shine Strickland-Gills, Kate McArthur enter NCAA transfer portal


Central Michigan freshman guard Kate McArthur warms up before a scrimmage Oct. 27 at McGuirk Arena.

After one season at Central Michigan, Shine Strickland-Gills and Kate McArthur have entered the transfer portal.

Both will have three years of eligibility remaining but must sit out a season according to NCAA transfer rules. A team spokesperson confirmed the news Thursday afternoon.

McArthur played in eight games with the Chippewas, totaling two assists and one turnover in eighteen total minutes. She missed all five of her field goal attempts and did not score. In a 65-47 win over Oakland on Dec. 18, McArthur played a season high five minutes and registered two assists. 

She came to the Chippewas from Cousino High School. After originally committing to Clemson, McArthur decommitted from the Tigers and signed to play for Central Michigan and then-coach Sue Guevara. 

Guevara retired following to 2018-19 season, and McArthur stuck around to play for new coach Heather Oesterle. 

At Cousino, McArthur totaled over 1,500 points and was a state champion as a freshman. She was a three-time team captain and was named first team All-State as a junior by both the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. 

Central Michigan freshman forward Shine Strickland-Gills goes through drills at practice at McGuirk Arena. (Photo: CMU Athletics)

Strickland-Gills played in 15 games last season, scoring a total of 10 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. She scored a career-high six points in a 79-63 win over Northeastern on Nov. 27 and notched a career-high seven rebounds and 13 minutes in the Chippewas' 70-50 win over Iona on Dec. 5.

Strickland-Gills came to the Chippewas after graduating from Heritage High School in Saginaw. While with the Hawks, she won two Class A state championships. She was named the most valuable player of the Class A title game in her junior season.  

Though both currently have to sit out the upcoming season due to the NCAA's current transfer policy, the NCAA is scheduled to vote on a one-time immediate eligibility waiver for transfers. This waiver would grant players the ability to play right away. The vote on the waiver is scheduled for May 20