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Ashley Owusu enters transfer portal after Virginia Tech benching

Ashley Owusu is one of the top players in the portal. (G Fiume/Getty Images)

Ashley Owusu has entered the transfer portal, Virginia Tech confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. 

The former Maryland standout spent the last season at Virginia Tech, but she found herself confined to the bench for the entire postseason.

When Owusu came to the Hokies as one of the top transfers last offseason, she was expected to feature heavily in the lineup. She won the Ann Meyers Drysdale award as the nation’s top shooting guard as a sophomore, and then she averaged 14.3 points per game as a junior.

But a broken pinkie sidelined the 6-0 senior guard in December, and while she returned to the court in January, her role was diminished. Owusu appeared in 17 games total, averaging 5.1 points in 15.1 minutes per game. 

“It’s been kind of up and down, especially with the injury and then coming back, and then not really being able to play,” she told The Next in early March. “Just staying confident within myself and just staying ready.”

But Owusu never appeared in the postseason, which included a Final Four run for Virginia Tech. 

Her relationships with her teammates appeared to be fraught with tension, which came to the surface after Virginia Tech’s Final Four loss to LSU. Owusu disappeared from the bench after halftime, and her teammates shaded her on social media following the loss.

While Owusu was a senior this season, she has one year of COVID-19 eligibility remaining.