UConn women’s basketball freshman Saylor Poffenbarger is transferring, the school announced Monday.

The news was first reported by Russell Steinberg of The Next.

“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 women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “We wish Saylor and her family the best as she continues her career.”

“After talking to my family, I decided it’s in my best interest to enter my name into the transfer portal,” Poffenbarger added in the release. “I’m grateful for my teammates, coaches, support staff and the fans for welcoming me to Storrs, and I wish them the best.”

Poffenbarger, initially the first player to commit from the Huskies’ 2021 recruiting class in July 2019, enrolled at UConn this past January after graduating early from high school. She appeared in 12 games last season, totaling six points (1-for-11 shooting on 3s) and four rebounds in 32 minutes. She dealt with injuries for the majority of her short-lived UConn career, first back issues last season and recently a shin issue, per Auriemma, that kept her out of the Huskies’ exhibition and season opener against Arkansas.

Poffenbarger will be able to immediately play upon arriving at her new school following recent NCAA rule changes. When she was initially being recruited, Poffenbarger’s top six schools included Oregon, Maryland, Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma per The Frederick News Post. Her mother played at Missouri.

The Huskies’ roster now sits at 13 players, including three freshmen.

Alexa Philippou can be reached at aphilippou@courant.com


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