UConn freshman Saylor Poffenbarger is set to transfer from the Huskies women’s basketball program after graduating early from high school and enrolling at UConn last January.
The guard played in 12 games last season, scoring six points and notching four rebounds.
In a release on UConn’s website on Monday, Poffenbarger opened up about the decision.
“After talking to my family, I decided it’s in my best interest to enter my name into the transfer portal,” she said. “I’m grateful for my teammates, coaches, support staff and the fans for welcoming me to Storrs, and I wish them the best.”
Poffenbarger will finish off the semester at UConn but will no longer be on the basketball team, according to her mother, Amy Poffenbarger, who spoke with the Frederick News-Post.
Her mother added that it was a decision that wasn’t made based solely on basketball, deciding that the university as a whole wasn’t for her.
“It’s been a conversation, and it’s not all basketball,” Amy Poffenbarger said. “The academic [side] wasn’t super-engaging, there wasn’t much to the campus life, and there wasn’t the ability to get out and meet a lot of people. Unfortunately that part of college life… that part wasn’t happening for her.
“The whole package was not the right fit for her. Unfortunately, that’s what happens sometimes.”
Although Poffenbarger played in 12 games last season, that experience did not count against her eligibility. Wherever she enrolls next, she’ll be considered a redshirt freshman.
“Saylor is a great person who has a lot of potential. Wherever she goes, she’ll be able to reach her goals and benefit her future home,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “We wish Saylor and her family the best as she continues her career.”
UConn has already started off the season strong, ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll after a dominant 95-80 win over Arkansas on Sunday.