Mataro joins the Gators after spending last season at Texas, where he played in all 36 games for the Longhorns and averaged 12 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 assists. His efforts on the court resulted in Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors.
“Aliyah is a proven three-level scorer with the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor,” Finley said. “She is a competitor whose experience and fun personality will bring even more excitement to the O’Dome! We look forward to welcoming Aliyah to Gator Nation this fall!”
During his time at Texas, Mataro led the Longhorns with 12 points per game and led the Longhorns with 77 three-pointers. This year, he shot 42.1 percent from behind the arc, ranking second in the Big 12 and 16th nationally. Two of his career bests came against Southeastern Conference opponents, including a 27-point game at Tennessee (Nov. 21, 2021) and a 26-point performance, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc, at Texas A&M in 5 December 2021.
“I am excited to join the program and have heard nothing but good things about Coach Kelly and his staff,” Mataro said. “I think it means a lot when you can start from the bottom and work your way up. They did a great job last year and I’m looking forward to working with him, Coach CJ and the rest of the staff. This team is truly an amazing opportunity. And I can’t wait to get there!”
A native of Washington, D.C., Mataro spent his freshman and sophomore campaigns at Mississippi State. As a sophomore, he averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game, ranking third on the team in scoring and second in three-pointers made with 26. And shot 50% or better in eight games. He had a season-high 19 points against LSU on Feb. 25 and added three wins and three steals. His first 19-point effort of the season came on Jan. 3 against No. 13 Kentucky and was bolstered by three 3-pointers. He also added four assists against the Wildcats.
In the 2019-20 season, Mataro was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice. He was second on the team in 3-pointers made (33) and had 11 double-digit field goal attempts, including six games with at least 15 points. Mataro earned freshman of the week honors for the first time on Jan. 28 after strong performances at Vanderbilt and South Carolina. He scored 11 of Mississippi State’s 22 points in the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt and scored all 10 of his points against top-ranked South Carolina during a 2:05 stretch in the third quarter. brought He also earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after posting back-to-back career starts against Arkansas and Ole Miss, averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. At Ole Miss, he scored a game-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting and broke a career-best five 3-pointers with four rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, Mataro helped Team USA win a silver medal at the World University Games in the summer of 2019. He finished with 12 points and three rebounds in a quarterfinal win over China.
Matharu was named the 2019 espnW HoopGurlz Stock-Riser after averaging 17.7 points and 3.5 steals per game as a high school senior at Bishop McNamara. He was rated a five-star recruit by espnW HoopGurlz, ranked 28th overall and seventh at the point guard position for the 2019 class. A 2019 MaxPreps All-America fifth-team selection, Mataro also received first-team All-MET honors. honors as a senior in 2019 and fourth-team recognition as a junior in 2018. He was named to the All-WCAC First Team in 2018 and 2019 and helped Bishop McNamara to five weeks as a power-ranked first espnW 25 climb. senior
2022-23 Florida Women’s Basketball Players
Frida Bohner Fr. | F| 6-3 Schnabrueck, Germany Snabrook
Leilani Correa | Father G | 6-0 Manchester, New Jersey St. John’s
KK Deans | Father G | 5-8 | Greensboro, NC | West Virginia
Shaya Kyle | Jr c 6-6 Marion, Ind. | Purdue
Alia Mataro | Father G | 5-7 | Washington DC Texas
Micah Perry | Fr. | G | 6-1 Norman, Okla. | Norman HS
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