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    “O’Bryan leaves women’s hoops, withdraws from school”

    Erin OBryan
    Erin O’Bryan

    Senior guard Erin O’Bryan parted ways with the Arizona women’s basketball team, while also withdrawing her enrollment at the university, UA head coach Joan Bonvicini announced yesterday. O’Bryan is the fourth player to leave the team in the past year.

    Due to personal reasons, O’Bryan decided to leave the team only 19 days after the NCAA granted her a fifth year of eligibility. She transferred to Arizona this year from

    California-Santa Barbara.

    “”I’m disappointed in that this was unexpected,”” Bonvicini said. “”I just wish the best for her future.””

    Bonvicini saw great experience and intelligence on the court in O’Bryan’s play and said her reasons for leaving are not a basketball issue.

    The Phoenix native averaged 2.8 points per game in an average of 10.5 minutes this season, playing in four of six regular-season games after she was granted eligibility Nov. 8. Her career-high eight points against Charlotte on Nov. 11 lifted the Wildcats to their first win of the season at the WBCA/Basketball Travelers Classic at Penn State.

    O’Bryan played three seasons at Santa Barbara, where she averaged 4.7 points per game before missing her senior year because of injuries.

    Before withdrawing, O’Bryan pursued a master’s degree in women’s studies at Arizona, after earning her bachelor’s degree during her four years at Santa Barbara.

    O’Bryan was not available for comment.

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