Aliyah Matharu joins the Gators for the 2022-23 season
Matharu joins the Gators after spending the previous season at Texas, appearing in all 36 games for the Longhorns averaging 12 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 assists. His efforts on the field earned him the honorable mention All-Big 12.
“Aliyah is a proven three-tier scorer with the ability to impact the game on both sides of the pitch,” Finley said. “She’s a competitor whose experience and fun personality will bring extra excitement to the O’Dome! We look forward to welcoming Aliyah to Gator Nation this fall!”
During his time with Texas, Matharu paced the team offensively with 12 points per game while leading the Longhorns with 77 three-pointers. For the year, she ranked second in the Big 12 and 16th nationally with a 42.1 percentage from behind the arc. Two of the best games of his career have come against Southeastern Conference opponents, including a 27-point outing at Tennessee (November 21, 2021) and a 26-point performance, including a 5-of-9 mark behind the ‘arc, at Texas A&M on Dec. 5, 2021.
“I am thrilled to join the program and have heard nothing but good things about Coach Kelly and his team,” said Matharu. “I think it means a lot when you’re able to start low and work your way up. They did a terrific job last year and I look forward to working with her, Coach CJ and the rest of the team. staff and team to make all the impact I can. This is truly an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to get there!”
A Washington DC native, Matharu spent his freshman and sophomore campaigns at Mississippi State. As a sophomore, she averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, ranking third on the team in points and was second in three-pointers with 26. Matharu has recorded three or more 3-pointers in six games. and shot 50% or better in eight games. She matched her season high with 19 points against LSU on Feb. 25 and added three boards as well as three steals. His first 19-point effort of the season came Jan. 3 against No. 13 Kentucky and was backed by three 3-pointers. She also added four career assists against the Wildcats.
The 2019-20 season saw Matharu twice named the SEC Freshman of the Week. She ranked second on the team in 3-pointers (33) and posted 11 double-digit scoring efforts, including six games with at least 15 points. Matharu won Rookie of the Week honors for the first time on Jan. 28 after strong showings at Vanderbilt and South Carolina. She recorded 11 of Mississippi State’s 22 points in the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt and scored her 10 points against top-ranked South Carolina during a 2:05 third-quarter streak. She also earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after posting back-to-back career games against Arkansas and Ole Miss, averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals. per game. At Ole Miss, she recorded a career-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting and knocked down a career-best five 3-pointers with four rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Before joining the college ranks, Matharu helped Team USA win silver at the 2019 Summer World University Games. She finished with 12 points and three rebounds in a win over China in the 2019 World University Games. a quarter-final.
Matharu was named the 2019 espnW HoopGurlz Stock-Riser of the Year after averaging 17.7 points and 3.5 steals per game as a high schooler at Bishop McNamara. She was rated a five-star rookie by espnW HoopGurlz and was ranked No. 28 overall and seventh at point guard for the Class of 2019. A fifth selection to the 2019 MaxPreps All-America Team, Matharu was also awarded the first team All-MET. honors as a senior in 2019 and fourth-team recognition as a junior in 2018. She was named to the All-WCAC First Team in 2018 and 2019 and helped Bishop McNamara climb to first place in the espnW 25 rankings Power Rankings for five weeks as a Senior.
2022-23 Florida Women’s Basketball Signers
Frieda Buhner | Prof. | F | 6-3 | Osnabrück, Germany | Osnabruck
Leilani Correa | Sr | G | 6-0 | Manchester, New Jersey | St. John’s
Deans KK | Sr | G | 5-8 | Greensboro, North Carolina | West Virginia
Ra Shaya Kyle | junior | C | 6-6 | Marion, Indiana | Purdue
Aliyah Matharu | Sr | G | 5-7 | Washington, D.C. | Texas
Myka Perry | Prof. | G | 6-1 | Norman, Okla. | Normand HS
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