After Saturday's 66-63 win over Notre Dame, a number of fans posting at this site asked if Raina Perez was State's best transfer. Here is the list of players who transferred to State in the last ten or so years who I think can be considered. They are Dominique Wilson, Kiara Leslie and Raina Perez.
Because Raina made the winning basket in State's 2021 ACC championship and made the winning basket in State's 2022 sweet sixteen win, I would say she is. Those are big wins for the Pack!
Dominique Wilson transferred to State after her freshman season at Arkansas and played for State from 2014 to 2017 and along with Miah Spencer helped lay the foundation for the current success State's women's basketball is having. She as a senior was first team All-ACC voted by the league coaches. Dominique was moved into a starting role during her redshirt sophomore season by what else but a knee injury to starter Krystal Barrett. While Wilson averaged 14.3 points per game for her career (373 from the field; 317 from the arc; 848 from the line) what amazed me during her career was during a six-game period in 2017 she scored 141 points shooting 45 of 105 from the field. Included in that run was her 31 point performance against highly ranked Louisville on January 16, 2016; a 92-90 loss for State. Dominique shot 7-12 from the floor; 4-5 from the arc; and 15-17 from the line.
Kiara transferred to State as a graduate student after getting her degree at Maryland. Kiara played two years at State from 2017 to 2019. Kiara was first team All-ACC in 2019 and a first round pick of the Washington Mystics. State advanced to the sweet sixteen in both seasons Kiara played for State. Kiara averaged 14.3 points per game during her career at State shooting 415 from the field; 359 from the arc and 716 from the line. Kiara stood out in State's 74-60 win over Maryland on March 18, 2018, the win enabling State to advance to the sweet sixteen for the first time since 2007. Kiara not only guarded Maryland's star Kaila Charles holding her to 4 points, but scored 21 points shooting 7-14 from the field and 5-6 from the arc. Kiara became the go to player for State due to a knee injury to Grace Hunter and helped lead the team to a 21-0 start for the 2018-19 season.
I might point out that Grace Hunter who transferred to State from UNC Charlotte might have been on this list absent her season ending knee injury in the January 3, 2019 Duke game, a game which State won 63-51 and in which Grace scored 14 points. Grace had become State's go to player as the clock wound down. She was destined for All-ACC.
If the list included junior college players signing with State, one would consider Markeisha Gatling; however, I am not sure that is a traditional transfer so I have not included her. Even if I included her, Raina still is the best for the reasons given-made big plays/shots for the win in big games.
I have no doubt who is the best recent player to transfer from State's women's basketball team. That is Chloe Jackson who transferred after her 2014-15 freshman year at State. Chloe transferred to LSU then to Baylor where she was the MOP of the 2019 final four. Baylor won the 2019 women's division 1 National Championship.