USC Women’s Basketball Welcomes Newcomers Tera Reed And Bella Perkins
USC's back court is getting a boost as the women's basketball program welcomes two more newcomers to the 2021-22 roster with the additions of grad transfer Tera Reed and true freshman Bella Perkins, head coach Lindsay Gottlieb has announced today (June 16).
A 6-0 guard hailing from Auckland New Zealand, Tera Reed earned back-to-back All-Atlantic 10 First Team awards in her sophomore and junior seasons at VCU and was a Third Team pick as a senior after helping the Commodores win their first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship in 2021. Also a two-time Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State Second Team honoree, Reed averaged 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line in her four seasons at VCU. She started all but four of the 111 games in which she appeared, averaging 31.1 minutes per game. Reed joins the Trojans as a graduate transfer and will pursue a master's degree in human resource management.
"We are excited to add Tera to the Trojan Family," Gottlieb said of Reed. "A three-time all-conference selection in the Atlantic 10, Tera brings a veteran presence. She has great size on the wing, and an innate ability to put pressure on the rim with her ability to attack the paint. Her versatility will translate well in the Pac-12, and she's got a mindset to impact winning. I cannot wait for the opportunity to work with Tera and make her graduate year experience at USC something special.
Incoming freshman Bella Perkins joins the Trojans from Chantilly, Va., where she was named the Gatorade Virginia Girls BasketballPlayer of the Year out of Paul VI High School, having led the Panthers (11-1) to the championship game of the GEICO Nationals tournament. A 5-9 guard, Perkins averaged 16.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.3 steals in her shortened senior season. A four-year starter, Perkins led Paul VI to three straight Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 1 state championships. As a junior, she was a VISAA Division 1 First Team All-State honoree and a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Honorable Mention selection.
"Sometimes timing just works out! We were looking for a point guard as Bella was looking for the perfect home for her next chapter in college; it became clear that USC was the right fit," Gottlieb said of Perkins. "Bella is a competitor, a leader and a winner. As a lead guard she can shoot the three, get to the rim, get her teammates involved by distributing the ball, and rally people together with her voice. She led her team to a lot of success in high school, and garnered significant individual accolades, but I believe that her best days are in front of her in the Pac-12. I'm excited to coach her and to be a part of her development, and I know Bella is focused on both getting a USC degree and helping to get this program to a championship level.
Reed and Perkins make USC's incoming class now four Trojans newcomers strong. They join two earlier signees in Clarice Uche Akunwafo and Rayah Marshall, who were together ranked as the No. 7 class in the nation, as USC's newest additions for 2021-22 under new head coach Gottlieb.