Women's Basketball's Taylor to Transfer to Seattle Pacific

May 28, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon sophomore guard Amy Taylor (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood HS) will transfer to Seattle Pacific University, a Division II school, to pursue her athletic and academic career next season.

'Amy has been a great Duck both athletically and academically, and we wish her the best of luck as she pursues a playing and educational opportunity closer to home,' third-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said.

Taylor, voted the Most Improved Player as well as the recipient of the Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete Award at the Ducks' postseason banquet, averaged 4.0 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in a reserve role. She also shot 50 percent from the floor and 37 percent from 3-point range.

'My time at Oregon has been amazing and I would never change it for the world,' Taylor said. 'I have made some incredible friends and my character has been molded greatly from the challenges I've faced and experiences I've had here. My coaches have been awesome and brought me along so far. I would like to thank my teammates, and of course the fans who support us. My decision to transfer reflects my own personal needs and I feel I will fit better in a smaller university close to my home in Seattle.'

Taylor will be reunited with former Oregon standout Jamie Craighead, who was recently hired as a full-time assistant at SPU following one season there as a volunteer coach. Taylor will be immediately eligible to compete in 2003-04 because she is transferring to a lower division.

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