Sopho­more Lexi Gor­don trans­fer­ring from UConn

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By Doug Bon­jour

Lexi Gor­don’s time at UConn is over.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma an­nounced Thurs­day that Gor­don, a sopho­more combo guard, in­tends to trans­fer.

Rated by ESPN as the No. 29 player in the Class of 2017, Gor­don, a na­tive of Fort Worth, Tx., sel­dom played dur­ing her time at UConn. Gor­don (6-foot) av­er­aged the fewest min­utes on the team last year (3.7), while scor­ing just 11 points across 26 games.

And this sea­son, she’s played in only four of the Huskies’ first eight games while deal­ing with a leg strain.

“Lexi has been a great team­mate in her time at UConn, but we un­der­stand that she wants to go some­where where she will have more op­por­tu­ni­ties to play,” Auriemma said in a state­ment. “We wish Lex and her

fam­ily the best as she con­tin­ues her col­lege ca­reer else­where.”

Said Gor­don: “I would like to thank the coach­ing and sup­port staffs, the fans and, most im­por­tantly, my team­mates at UConn. I am

grate­ful for my time at Con­necti­cut. I’ve learned what it takes to be part of a cham­pi­onship pro­gram and I look for­ward to tak­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence to the next stop in my bas­ket­ball and aca­demic ca­reer.”

Gor­don be­comes the se­cond player from 2017 to leave the pro­gram, join­ing An­dra Espinoza-Hunter,

who played only seven games (av­er­ag­ing 4.0 points) as a fresh­man. Espinoza-Hunter, a 5-11 guard from Ossin­ing, N.Y., trans­ferred to Mis­sis­sippi State and was granted a waiver to play this sea­son. She’s av­er­ag­ing 9.6 points in 18.2 min­utes per game for the Bull­dogs.

With Gor­don leav­ing,

UConn is left with only nine schol­ar­ship play­ers for 2019-20. The only re­cruit the Huskies have signed for next year’s class is Ossin­ing High guard Aubrey Grif­fin, who is ranked by ESPN as the No. 33 player in the coun­try.


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