Women’s basketball: UVA adds Dani Lawson

UVA AthleticsUVA women’s basketball head coach Tina Thompson announced on Monday (July 16) the addition of forward Dani Lawson (Cleveland, Ohio) for the 2018-19 season.

Lawson signed a financial aid agreement and has transferred to Virginia after playing last season at Purdue.

“We are excited to welcome Dani to UVA,” Thompson said. “We will be able to leverage her size and unique skills at the forward position. She has a great jumper, and will give us depth at the forward position, adding a bit more diversity to our frontcourt. Dani is also a terrific student who will adjust well to the high academic expectations and standards at Virginia. We are excited to get her on the court to continue to develop and add to her skill set.”

Lawson helped lead Hathaway Brown to an Ohio High School Division II State Runner-Up finish in 2017, becoming just the fifth player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points. The two-time Cleveland.com All-Star was ranked 22nd at her position in her recruiting class by ESPN Hoop Gurlz. The 6-2 forward appeared in five games last season for the Boilermakers having knee surgery in January and missing the remainder of the season.

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