Ohio State women’s basketball is set to add its fifth graduate transfer for the 2018-19 season, as former Ball State point guard Carmen Grande announced Monday she will spend her final year of eligibility as a Buckeye.

The Madrid, Spain native has been one of Division I’s most prolific players in assists over her first three seasons. She leaves Ball State with 697 assists and finished near the top of the country with 9.2 assists per game in 2017-18 for a Ball State team that went 25-7 and made the second round of the WNIT.

Grande is the third graduate transfer to commit to Ohio State in less than two weeks. LaSalle’s Adreana Miller and Cleveland State’s Ashanti Abshaw recently announced their respective decisions to transfer to Ohio State. Carly Santoro of Bowling Green and Najah Queenland will also be with the Buckeyes for the 2018-19 season.

Grande is another new face on an Ohio State team that will be full of them in 2018-19. In addition to five graduate transfers, the Buckeyes have their largest freshman class since 2014.

Another Spaniard, 6-2 forward Aixa Wone of Pamplona, recently became the fourth member of Ohio State’s freshman class, joining Hungarian post player Dorka Juhasz, Rhode Island guard Janai Crooms and Illinois post player Aaliyah Patty.

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