BUFFALO, NY – (UB Release) University at Buffalo women’s basketball head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald has announced that Cherridy Thornton has joined the Bulls as a mid-year transfer. Thornton comes to UB after playing two seasons at Detroit and will be eligible to play following the 2012-13 Fall Semester.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Cherridy’s caliber join our team,” said Hill-MacDonald. “She is a very smart, strong and versatile player that can both post up down low and shoot the three, which makes her a tough matchup for opponents. She is extremely mature and brings collegiate experience to the program, which is something you can’t teach.”
Thornton averaged 9.3 points per game during her sophomore season for the Titans, registering four 20-point performances, including a career-high 25 points against Valporaiso. She also had 20 points in games against Loyola, Milwaukee and Mid-American Conference member Ball State. Thornton had success from three-point range as she shot 53-of-165 from behind the arc during her sophomore year.
Thornton played in 24 games during her freshman season, averaging 6.5 points per game. Prior to her time at Detroit, she earned four varsity letters at Frank Cody Senior High School in Detroit, MI. Leading her team in scoring all four years, Thornton was named the Most Valuable Player for both Westside PSL and her Frank Cody Comets team. She collected All-Detroit honors from The Detroit Free Press in her first three years at FCSHS and her number was retired following her high school career.
“She researched the academics before she even looked at the basketball program and I know she will get a great education here,” said Hill-MacDonald. “She will have some ground to make up as a transfer student, but her willingness to do that speaks to her character in the classroom and on the basketball court.”
At Buffalo, Thornton has enrolled in the Civil Engineering program and will wear #41.