Cowgirl Basketball adds standout trio, including Tramble, Chastain

From Oklahoma State Athletics

STILL WATER, Okla. † Oklahoma State’s women’s basketball team has added a pair of Oklahoma natives and a German prep standout it was announced today by Cowgirl head coach Jacie Hoyt.

Transfers Claire Chastain, of Dale, and Makyra Tramble, of Shawnee, join freshman Praise Egharevba as the latest additions to the Cowgirl roster for the upcoming season.

“We are very pleased and excited about these three players and the versatility and experience they will bring to Cowgirl basketball,” Hoyt said.

Makyra Tramble 5-10 F Shawnee, Okla. (Shawnee/Southwestern Oklahoma State)

A native of Shawnee, Okla., Tramble comes to Stillwater after a decorated three-year run at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

“We are so excited about Makyra and the leadership and offense she will bring to the table. Obviously, she can score the ball, but if you look at her stats you will find she is so much more than a scorer. She can lock up on defense, rebound and is also a great passer. She has one of the most complete and well-rounded games I’ve seen,” Hoyt said.

Tramble averaged 20.1 points, 5.2 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest this past year, while helping the Lady Bulldogs to a 29-5 mark. She was named the NCAA Division II Ron Lenz National Player of the Year to headline the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America squad.

In 2021, she achieved third-team All-America status as well as Great American Conference Player of the Year honors. She led the GAC in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg) and steals (83). The 5-10 forward played in 28 games during the 2019- 20 season, averaging a team-best 15.8 points per contest and 7.9 rebounds per outing.

Claire Chastain · 6-0 · G · Shawnee, Okla. (Dale/UT Arlington)

Chastain, who hails from Shawnee, Okla., joins the program after spending the previous four seasons at UT Arlington where she played in 91 games for the Lady Mavs.

“Claire will provide us with more depth both in the post and on the perimeter. She is a great shooter that we feel will be a matchup problem for other teams. She plays the game with great enthusiasm and she takes pride in being a Cowgirl. Those qualities, combined with her experience in the NCAA tourney last year all make her a great addition for us,” Hoyt said.

Chastain started 28 games during the 2021-22 campaign, averaging 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. She recorded her second career double-double on Jan. 15 at Georgia Southern with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

The 6-0 guard appeared in 32 games during the 2019-20 campaign and finished the season as the squad’s second-leading scorer at 10.9 points per game. She also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

During her freshman season in 2018-19, Chastain saw action in 28 games, averaging 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. She shot 42.4 percent from the floor and ranked ninth in the Sun Belt Conference in free-throw percentage at 76.3 percent.

Chastain was an all-state selection for Dale High School, where she scored 1,000 career points and led her squad to three state tournament appearances.

Praise Egharevba 6-3 F Papenburg, Germany (Nottingham Academy)

A native of Papenburg, Germany, Egharevba has enjoyed a successful prep career in England, competing for the Nottingham Wildcats.

“Praise has an unbelievable motor for a post player. She will allow us to play fast through all five positions. She can rebound out of her area and is very aggressive to score. I love her passion for the game and I know our fans will too,” Hoyt said.

This season with the Wildcats, Egharevba averaged 11.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest in her third season in the Women’s British Basketball League.

Earlier this month, the 6-3 forward was named the WBBL Young Player of the Year as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Egharevba tallied 10 double-doubles on the year and had a pair of 20-rebound outings as well. She turned in a 21-point, 20-rebound performance before following up with a 17-point, 20-rebound outing.

Additionally, she shot 50 percent from the floor and was the league leader with her six offensive rebounds per contest. Overall, she was the league’s third-leading rebounder.

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