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Baylor guard Sarah Andrews (24) and center Hannah Gusters (20) defend against a shot by TCU guard Caroline Germond on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. 

With the expanded NCAA transfer portal this year, it figured that new LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey would use it to build the Tigers’ roster for the 2021-22 season.

It certainly did not take her long.

Mulkey announced Saturday that Baylor center Hannah Gusters, a former McDonald’s All-American, is transferring to LSU after one season with the Lady Bears.

The 6-foot-5 Gusters, a Dallas native who played at MacArthur High School in suburban Irving, Texas, was the No. 2 post in the 2020 recruiting class. She earned a five-star rating and was ranked as the nation's No. 16 overall prospect by ESPN. LSU says the sophomore will have four years of eligibility left and will be available to play immediately.

"This is a great opportunity to be part of coach Mulkey's first team at LSU and to do whatever I can to help bring our program back to the national spotlight," Gusters said according to an LSU news release. "I trust coach Mulkey and I know what she can do. She built the Baylor program from the ground up and I'm just excited to be part of what she's going to do at LSU."

As a freshman at Baylor, Gusters had six double-figure scoring games with a career-high of 22 points coming in a win over Northwestern State. She had a career-best 10 rebounds in a win over Kansas. Overall, she played in 30 of the Lady Bears' 31 games and averaged 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 10.2 minutes contest.

"As a McDonald's All-American, Hannah was one of the top post players coming out of high school a year ago," Mulkey said. "Tiger fans will love the immediate impact her skillset brings to our front court. Hannah made tremendous strides as a freshman and we look for her to continue that success in Baton Rouge."

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Gusters will be the sixth player confirmed for LSU's 2021-2022 roster. Seniors Khayla Pointer, Faustine Aifuwa and Jailin Cherry have said they will return thanks to the NCAA waiving eligibility requirements for the past season. Like Gusters, Aifuwa is a 6-5 center.

The Tigers already have a graduate transfer in former Vanderbilt forward Autumn Newby. A second expected transfer, Aryiah Copeland from Alabama, decided to transfer to Arizona instead.

Five players from last season's Tigers team have entered the transfer portal, including seniors Awa Trasi and Karli Seay, sophomore Tiara Young and freshmen Sharna Ayres and Treasure Thompson. 

LSU finished last season 9-13 and missed the NCAA tournament under former head coach Nikki Fargas, who resigned after 10 seasons with the Tigers. She is reportedly set to become president of the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces.

Meanwhile, LSU reported it has taken deposits for 2,500 women's basketball season tickets since Mulkey was announced Monday. For more information, visit www.LSUTix.com.

Email Scott Rabalais at srabalais@theadvocate.com