April 15, 2016

Illini's best baller moving to greener pastures

The University of Illinois women's basketball program suffered another body blow. Just after fellow Nebraskan Brooke Kissinger announced her transfer to Creighton, thechampaignroom.com is now reporting that Matt Bollant's best player Chatrice White announced her intent to transfer earlier today. White earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this past season.

Illinois will return only five players from their 2015-16 roster that finished 9-21 overall and 2-16 in the Big Ten. With five new incoming recruits the understaffed Illini still has five scholarships available to offer for the upcoming season.

Kissinger is now the fifth athlete from Bollant's 2015-16 squad to transfer out in the past year. Alexis Smith, Jacqui Grant, Amarah Coleman and Taylor Gleason all transferred in the previous offseason and then filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit which the University settled earlier this week.

Mass transfers seem to be en vogue in college basketball these days.

At the end of March, Illinois State University announcement that six players from last season’s women's squad planned to transfer out of the Redbird program. With one year of NCAA eligibility left on the books, Sue Crump, Lindsay Smith, Stekara Hall and Kelli Tolar all decided to move on to other programs. ISU is also losing forward Zenobia Bess and guard Mackenzie Freeman who plan to finish their collegiate careers at other schools. Both Bess and Freeman have two years of eligibility that they can dedicate to their new institution.

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