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Five Players to Leave Illinois State Women’s Basketball Team

Five Players to Leave Illinois State Women’s Basketball Team

Illinois State women’s basketball set to lose five scholarship athletes. (Photo Courtesy: Nick Sadowski/WZND)

NORMAL- Five players will not be returning to the Illinois State women’s basketball team next season, according to coach Kristen Gillespie.

Amaria Allen, Zaikya Beckles, Ajai Simmons, Deja Turner, and Morgan VanHyfte will not have their scholarships renewed. None of the players averaged more than 3.3 minutes of playing time per game last season, with VanHyfte missing the entire year due to a knee injury.

NCAA rules allow Division I women’s basketball teams to have 15 scholarship players. With Hannah Green being the only player graduating from last year’s team and Gillespie bringing in five freshmen players for next season, there was not enough room for everyone to return.

“We just were honest with them of just kind of their future and we knew they wanted to play,” Gillespie said. “So that was kind of our thing and at the end of the day, we have great kids, but they’re competitors and they want to be on the floor. And that’s why through our conversations, we wanted to help find them a place where they could really have it all.”

Gillespie added that the team may not have 15 players on its roster heading into next season.

Nick Landi contributed to this story.

WZND Newsroom

March 30th, 2018

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