Former Boston College point guard Taina Mair transfers to Duke women's basketball

Head coach Kara Lawson has added a proven point guard to her roster by bringing Mair to Durham.
Head coach Kara Lawson has added a proven point guard to her roster by bringing Mair to Durham.

Head coach Kara Lawson has filled her starting point guard spot.

Taina Mair, a rising sophomore point guard transferring from Boston College, announced her signing with the Blue Devils Monday morning. In doing so, the 5-foot-9 Boston native will likely fill the gap left by the outgoing Shayeann Day-Wilson

Mair, a member of the ACC All-Freshman Team, made an immediate impact for the Eagles last season. She set the program’s freshman single-game assists and steals record in her debut, and was one of just three players in the country to average at least 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Taina into The Sisterhood," said Lawson in the team’s official release, “She is a complete player and an elite competitor. Her passion to keep improving is evident when you watch her play. She will add to our team on both ends. We expect her to contribute in a major way.”

Mair will be a part of an already-elite incoming squad, joined by highly touted wing Jadyn Donovan, athletic forward Delaney Thomas and physical combo guard guard Oluchi Okananwa. While there was concern that Duke would be left without a starting-caliber point guard heading into the season, Mair fills that role very well. She led the ACC in assists in her first season, and will slide into a backcourt with other talented options like rising junior Reigan Richardson, the incoming Donovan and rising senior Vanessa de Jesus. 

“I'm super excited to be a part of the Duke family,” Mair said. “Duke is a great university both academically and athletically, which allows student-athletes to thrive on and off the court. I can't wait to get on campus and get to work!”

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