Holly Winterburn’s search for more playing time didn’t take her too far.
The former Oregon guard, who entered the NCAA transfer portal after averaging 3.4 points and 1.5 rebounds for the Ducks as a true freshman, announced Wednesday she will be staying on the West Coast by signing with UC Davis.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to start this new journey,” Winterburn, who is from England, posted on social media. “My heart is so full.”
Excited to announce I will be continuing my college career at UC Davis! I’m so grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to start this new journey. My heart is so full✨💙💛 #goags pic.twitter.com/OfvBraxq5I— hol (@hollywinterburn) April 15, 2020
Another freshman who was buried on the bench behind established stars, Lucy Cochrane, is also planning to transfer. The 6-foot-5 forward from Australia averaged 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 18 appearances.
That leaves only one member of Oregon’s 2019 recruiting class, guard Jaz Shelley, on the roster.
The three-time defending Pac-12 champion Ducks must also replace WNBA-bound stars Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally, as well as guard Minyon Moore.
Coach Kelly Graves and his staff will welcome the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class next season in 6-foot guard Sydney Parrish of Fishers, Ind., 6-3 forward Kylee Watson of Linwood, N.J., 5-11 guard Maddie Scherr of Florence, Ky., 6-4 forward Angela Dugalic of Des Plaines, Ill., and 5-9 guard Te-Hina Paopao of Oceanside, Calif.
All five of Oregon’s recruits in the 2020 cycle are five-star prospects, McDonald’s All-Americans and the player of the year in their respective states.
Oregon’s 2020-21 team will be led by returning starter Erin Boley and the promising backcourt tandem of Taylor Chavez and Shelley.
The Ducks also add some unique size and skill with Sedona Prince (6-7) and Nyara Sabally (6-5) returning from injuries to join Lydia Giomi (6-6) in the front court.
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