Toledo women's basketball head coach Tricia Cullop has announced that Arianne (air-EE-in) Whitaker has joined the program and will be eligible to compete immediately for the Rockets during the 2019-20 season.
Whitaker played the last two seasons at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga after playing at Winthrop University as a freshman in 2015-16.
"We're very excited to have Arianne join our program," Cullop said. "She will provide needed depth in the post. She takes great pride in her defense as she was named to the Southern Conference All-Defensive Team this past season. In addition to being a gifted shot blocker and rebounder, Arianne is not afraid to take charges or dive for loose balls. She also has good range facing the basket, runs the floor well, and can score with her back to the basket."
Whitaker, a 6-foot-2 post player from Cincinnati, averaged 6.8 points, a team-high 5.3 rebounds and a squad-best 2.3 blocks in 18.5 minutes per game for the Mocs this past season. She led the Southern Conference in rejections, as well as ranking ninth in overall rebounding, tied for 10th in offensive caroms (1.7 rpg) and defensive boards (3.6 rpg). Whitaker shot 46.6 percent (75-of-161) from the field and a collegiate-best 73.2 percent (41-of-56) from the free throw line. She scored in double figures on eight occasions during the year, including a season-high 13 three times.
In 2017-18, Whitaker contributed 6.1 points, a squad-best 6.8 boards and a team-high 1.5 rejections per contest. She finished tied for first in the SoCon in blocked shots, as well as finishing fifth in overall rebounding and defensive boards (5.1 rpg) and 12th in offensive caroms (1.5 rpg). Whitaker connected on 44.6 percent (83-of-186) from the floor and 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the charity stripe while scoring in double figures eight times, including a career-high 16 points.
In her two seasons at Chattanooga, Whitaker ranks third in school history in career blocked shots (109).
As a freshman at Winthrop in 2015-16, Whitaker tallied a collegiate-high 7.9 points, a collegiate-best 9.3 rebounds and a squad-high 2.4 blocks in 31.3 minutes per game while shooting a team-high 45.2 percent (76-of-168) from the field.
Whitaker, who chose Toledo over Xavier, Miami, Texas Tech and Florida, graduated from Chattanooga with a degree in psychology and will work on a master's degree in either recreation & leisure studies or health administration.
The Rockets are coming off a second-round appearance in the Postseason WNIT while boasting a 21-12 overall record. Toledo also finished the season second in the Mid-American Conference West Division standings.