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Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Adds Three Transfers

App State women’s basketball coach Alaura Sharp announced the signing of graduate transfer Zoë McCrary, and junior transfers Seneya Martinez and Elena Pericic on Tuesday. The trio joins five additional signees on the 2024-25 roster.

“All three of these signees are winners,” said Coach Sharp. “They have impacted their programs and helped establish winning cultures. We needed to bring in experience on the court but also experience winning at a high level. These three young women are everything you would want in a student-athlete that represents App State.”

Seneya Martinez | 5-8 | G | Greeley, Colorado | Northridge HS | Northeastern Junior College
Hailing from Greeley, Colo., Martinez will join the Mountaineers as a guard after spending two seasons at Northeastern Junior College. While at Northeastern she was a Third-Team All-American, Regional Player of the Year, Two-Time First-Team All-Region and an All-Tournament selection. She also stands second in the program all-time list for career points. She averaged 16 points per game and four rebounds per contest. She is a career 48% shooter from the field and 40% from behind the arc.

Martinez played for the Colorado Roughriders club team under the direction of JR Sagner and Carissa Crutchfield. She earned First Team All-Tournament and Player of the Game honors. She enjoys playing pickleball and spikeball as well as baking, watching movies, reading and listening to music. Martinez also holds a Northridge High School track and field record. She intends on studying business management while at App State.

Why Martinez Chose App State: “I chose App State because the little time I was with the team and coaches it felt like a family. The belief from the coaches in me and themselves felt like we can do something special here. I know the people here can make me a better player and person.”

Sharp on Martinez: “We are thrilled to announce the signing of Seneya. She is a prolific scorer with a high basketball IQ. She gets it done on both ends of the floor and plays with a competitive spirit that our fans will love. Seneya has a ton of potential and we are excited to tap into that through our player development program. She knows how to win and what it takes to build a program into a top contender. ”

Zoë McCrary | 6-2 | F | Allen, Texas | Allen HS | College of Charleston
Allen, Tex. native McCrary joins the Mountaineers after completing her undergraduate career competing at the College of Charleston. McCrary appeared in 91 games for the Cougars, starting 24 contests. During the 2023-24 campaign, she helped the Cougars to a postseason WNIT appearance. She also shot 48.2% from the field over the course of the season. She averaged six rebounds per game and led the team in blocked shots, totaling 32 on the year. McCrary was ranked the 17th-best player in Texas in 2020 and was a First-Team All-District and All-Tournament selection during her high school career.

While at App State, McCrary intends on pursuing a master of arts in media, technology and learning design. Her sister, Raimi, currently competes on the University of Incarnate Word (UIW) women’s basketball team.

Why McCrary Chose App State: “I chose App State because of the diversity, coaching staff and the master’s programs provided.”

Sharp on McCrary: “Zoë is a much needed addition to our roster. She is a tremendous rebounder and adds length and mobility on the interior for us. We are excited to expand her offensive skill set and utilize her to play in an up tempo system. Zoë is committed to greatness in all that she does. Her experience and calm presence will be impactful to our success. We are pumped she chose App State.”

Elena Pericic | 6-1 | F | Rijeka, Croatia | Gymnasium Dr. Anton Barac | Salem
Pericic joins the Mountaineers after two seasons at Salem University, where she collected 2024 USCAA First-Team All-American and 2023 USCAA Honorable Mention honors. She was also named to the 2024 All-Tournament team and was a three-time Player of the Week selection. Last season she was the Tigers’ top scorer, averaging 13.7 points per game. She shot 44.6% from the field, 34.8% from the arc and 75% from the line. Additionally, she led the team in the rebounds category (8.0 per contest), blocks category (1.6 per contest) and steals category (1.4 per contest.). The Rijeka, Croatia, native played for the Flumen Santi Viti club team under the direction of Igor Prtoric. She helped the team to a runner-up finish at the 2022 junior state competition and third-place finish at the junior state competition in 2021. While competing with the Croatian national team, she shot 53.3% from the field and 71.4% from the line. She also averaged 10.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest.

Pericic, who intends on studying international business while at App State, enjoys singing, playing beach volleyball and practicing nail artistry.

Why Pericic Chose App State: “I chose App State because it has everything that I wanted: a higher level of basketball, better education, great people and a beautiful campus and town.”

Sharp on Pericic: “Elena’s resilient spirit will have an immediate impact on our team. We can utilize her in multiple positions where she can score inside and outside. She can defend different positions and will stretch the floor with her ability to shoot it. She is a proven winner. She has competed at the highest level with her Croatian National Team where she competed her way into being an impact scorer for them. We cannot wait to coach her.”

{Information courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics}