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Kentucky loses three starters to NCAA basketball transfer portal

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Kentucky’s team will look much different next year, with the Wildcats standing to lose four of their 2021 starters.

Dre’Una Edwards, Treasure Hunt and Jazmine Massengill all put their names in the transfer portal Friday, while Rhyne Howard will enter the WNBA draft.

The Wildcats were bounced by Princeton in the first round of the NCAA tournament after upsetting South Carolina in the SEC Tournament.

“I am confident in myself as a coach and a person, and what our staff does for our student-athletes on and off the court,” said Kentucky head coach Kyra Elzy on the SEC Network Friday, addressing the news. “I have a group of athletes on campus and signees that are excited about Kentucky women’s basketball.”

Edwards, who hit the game-winner against South Carolina in the SEC Tournament final, is Kentucky’s leading rebounder with 8.4 per game and the second-leading scorer, with 16.5 points per game.

Massengill will be a fifth-year senior while Hunt is entering her junior season.

Elzy will have her work cut out for her this off-season, with the Kentucky coach already projected to have her largest recruiting class yet for the 2022-2023 season.