BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo women's basketball head coach Felisha Legette-Jack announced on Monday that Cierra Dillard has transferred to UB and has signed a scholarship to play for the Bulls. The 5-9 guard transfers to Buffalo from UMass and will have two years of eligibility remaining. She will have to sit out next season and will be eligible for the 2017-18 campaign.
"Cierra Dillard is a program changer and the impact that she will have on our team will be immediate," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "She is a combo guard that is strong enough to post up smaller guards and her basketball IQ and love for the game are immeasurable."
A native of Rochester, NY, Dillard played her first two seasons of her college career at UMass and was the team's leading scorer last season as a sophomore, starting 21 of 30 games. The lethal scorer led the Minutewomen and ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring last season as she averaged 15.5 points while also grabbing 3.3 rebound, dishing out 2.7 assists and notching 2.0 steals per game. Dillard was fantastic scoring the ball during her sophomore season as she went over the 20-point plateau 10 times and scored in double figures 23 times. The creative guard finished last season shooting 41.8% from the floor and 32.9% from behind the arc while sinking 48 three-pointers.
As a freshman, Dillard ranked second on the team averaging 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals. She also ranked second on the squad in minutes per game (28.8) while scoring in double figures on 15 occasions and over 20 three times. She was also earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors on three occasions.
A Gates Chili High School graduate, Dillard is her high school's all-time leading scorer and is one of only 20 women in New York State Section V history to score more than 2,000 points in her career. Coming out of high school in Rochester, she was a three-star recruit with a grade of 90 according to ESPN. She was a 2014 McDonalds All-American game nominee and she earned honorable mention All-American status in 2012 while being an All-New York State player three times.
"Bringing local greats back home to play for UB, arguably the best school in Western New York, is the next phase of our recruitment," stated Legette-Jack. "We are thrilled that Cierra and a few others are joining us on our mission to make Buffalo a destination for higher learning and competitive women's basketball. We welcome Cierra to our UB family."