Several media outlets are reporting that the Gator women’s basketball team will lose three players from its 2012-2013 team, due to transfer or departure.
Rising senior center Vicky McIntyre, and rising sophomore guards Chandler Cooper and Sydney Moss will be the players leaving the program, according to multiple sources.
ESPN 850 WRUF sports received a brief statement about the three players leaving from Gator coach Amanda Butler, who said Moss “wants to be close to her Mom and home.” Butler went on to say she wishes all three players “the very best.”
It is not clear if McIntyre will continue to play basketball. She transferred to Florida after being on the Oklahoma State team that lost its coaching staff in a plane crash. McIntyre played this season, averaging nearly five points a game but she did not play in the team’s final few games of the year and no reason was publicly given as to why she was not playing.
Cooper did not play much because of injury. It is the loss of Moss that arguably could hurt the most. The very athletic guard/forward, the daughter of NFL star Randy Moss, averaged over 11 points a game and played her best basketball late in the season, when she averaged nearly 20 points a game in Florida’s post season WNIT run.
At points during the season, Gator players publicly said there were internal issues within the team but none of the players leaving has said why they are leaving the program.
Under coach Amanda Butler, Florida finished 22-15 overall and the future looked bright with McDonald’s All American Ronni Williams and highly regarded transfer Antoinette Bannister joining the program next year.