ANCHORAGE – A pair of transfers with familiar pasts and paths have landed with Alaska Anchorage women's basketball program as head coach Ryan McCarthy announced Wednesday that Dajhae Mullins and Rainey Kuykendall have signed scholarship agreements to play for the Seawolves.

Both players hail from Chicago, where they played for storied Catholic high school programs, before playing two years each at national junior-college powerhouse Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

"We are very excited to have both Dajhae and Rainey join our basketball program,” said McCarthy, who has led UAA to three straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles. “They are both products of one of the best JC programs in the country and each expressed their deep desire to win during the recruiting process.”

Mullins, a 5-10 guard/forward, will have one year of eligibility at UAA after spending her junior season at NCAA Div. I program Sacramento State, where she played in 23 games – including a pair of starts – averaging 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per contest.

At Trinity Valley, Mullins played for squads that went 63-8 in her two seasons, finishing third in the NJCAA national tournament in 2014-15 and national runner-up in 2015-16. She averaged 4.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27 games as a sophomore, and 4.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 33 games as a freshman.

“Dajhae is a physical and tough player,” McCarthy said. “Her mentality will fit in line with the culture of our program immediately. She is dynamic from the perimeter and is capable of playing either guard or a ‘stretch' post with her ability to score from inside and behind the arc. With her size and versatility, she will be a perfect complement to the rest of our roster.”

Mullins played for Marian Catholic High School in her hometown, helping her squad to a Class 4A State title as a junior and a semifinal berth as a senior.

Meanwhile, Kuykendall will have two years of eligibility with the Seawolves after helping Trinity Valley go 61-10 during her stint, which featured back-to-back NJCAA national runner-up finishes. The 6-foot forward logged starts in 15 of 33 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 4.9 points on 54 percent shooting and 3.4 rebounds. As a rookie, she posted 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds, starting 14 games and teaming with Mullins on a team that finished 31-4 overall and 19-1 in league.

“Rainey was a top national recruit coming out of high school and has proven herself at the highest level of junior-college basketball, playing at Trinity Valley,” McCarthy said. “She is a very skilled post player with great touch and excellent footwork. With her length and athleticism, I have high expectations for Rainey and can't wait to coach her the next two years.”

At Montini Catholic High School, Kuykendall was part of a squad that went 133-15 in her four seasons, capturing Class 3A State titles as a freshman and junior, and State 3rd-place finishes as a sophomore and senior. In 2015-16, she led the Broncos in scoring and rebounding, earning a spot on the Suburban Life Media All-Area Team and earning national recruiting rankings from MaxPreps and ESPN.

Mullins and Kuykendall will become the third and fourth players from Trinity Valley to suit up for the Seawolves in the last three seasons, following Autummn Williams (2016-17) and Dominique Brooks (2015-16).

The pair brings UAA's current recruiting class to seven players, joining Sala Langi (5-10, Fr., G/F, Pacifica, Calif./Oceana HS), Victoria Langi (5-6, Jr., G, Pacifica, Calif./Mercy Burlingame HS/Skyline College), Nicole Pinckney (5-5, Fr., G, Chugiak HS), two-time JC All-American Sydni Stallworth (5-3, Jr., G, Tucson, Ariz./Palo Verde HS/Pima CC), and Tennae Voliva (6-0, Fr., F, East Anchorage HS).