The Notre Dame transfer will be eligible to play immediately.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant announced Tuesday that junior forward Taya Reimer (TAY-uh RYE-mer) will transfer to MSU and will be eligible to play two seasons with the Spartans.
Reimer, a native of Fishers, Indiana, plans on graduating with a double major in film, television & theater and design from Notre Dame in July. The 6-4 forward will be eligible to play immediately for Michigan State.
“We are thrilled to welcome Taya to the Spartan family. We are very excited about what she brings on the court and off. She is a tremendous competitor, experienced on a national level with Final Four appearances. She comes from a great program in Notre Dame, so we are expecting her to do amazing things here at Michigan State,” Merchant said.
Reimer played in five games during the 2015-16 season before being sidelined with an Achilles injury. During the 2014-15 season, Reimer played 37 games for the Fighting Irish, starting 35. She was named second-team All-ACC after averaging 10.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. She shot 51.6 percent from the field as a sophomore.
She earned significant NCAA experience at Notre Dame, playing in two national championship games. In the 2015 national championship game, she scored six points and grabbing a season-best 11 rebounds against UConn. The Fighting Irish also won ACC regular season and tournament titles during her two seasons.
The forward had a standout high school career at Hamilton Southeastern. In 2013, Reimer was named a McDonald’s High School All-American, becoming the first father/daughter combo in McDonald’s All-American Game history, as her father, Ben Davis, played in 1991. She was also named 2013 Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year. Reimer was a consensus top-five selection and also the top power forward in the nation by every major recruiting service in the country. She peaked at No. 3 in class of 2013.
She also comes to Michigan State with a wealth of international experience. She has won four USA Basketball medals (two golds, one silver, one honorary bronze), including winning silver for USA at the 2015 Pan Am Games. She captured a gold medal at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Reimer is the daughter of Brenda Reimer and Ben Davis. Her father was a power forward who played in college at both Kansas and Arizona. He was selected in 1996 NBA Draft (second round/43rd overall) by the Phoenix Suns, playing from 1996-2000 with both the Suns and New York Knicks as part of a 13-year professional career that also included stops overseas.
Michigan State finished the 2015-16 season with a 25-9 record. Michigan State’s 25 wins are its most since the 2012-13 squad also won 25 games. In the nine years under head coach Suzy Merchant, the Spartans have won 25 or more games three times, winning 27 in 2010-11. Overall it is the fourth time in school history that MSU has won 25 games in a season, also doing so in 2004-05 when MSU won 33 games en route to the NCAA National Championship game. Michigan State made its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance last season and its 12th appearance in the last 14 years.