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Weston Leaves Basketball Team, Intends To Transfer

Jul 31, 2013

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BOULDER — Sophomore guard Kyleesha Weston will not return to the University of Colorado women’s basketball team for personal reasons, head coach Linda Lappe announced on Tuesday.

She has returned to her native Kansas City, Mo., with the hopes of transferring to a school closer to home.

“I wanted to be closer to my family; I felt like I would be happier here (in Kansas City),” Weston said. “I talked (at length) with my family and some of my teammates. This didn’t happen overnight. I had been thinking about it for a while when I made the decision.

“I still care about each one of my teammates and each one of the coaches and hope to keep a great relationship with them. I wish them the best of luck this year and for years to come.”

Weston played in 30 of 32 games as a true freshman in 2012-13, averaging 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds while dishing out 20 assists and logging 15 steals.

She served as a back-up to All-Pac-12 point guard Chucky Jeffery and had some good moments down the stretch of Colorado’s run to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, playing double-digit minutes in six of the final seven games.   

Weston averaged five rebounds during the Pac-12 Tournament; grabbing a personal-best six in the quarterfinal win over Washington.  She tallied a career-high eight points three times, including league wins over Arizona (home) and Utah (road).

“We enjoyed having ‘Ky’ at CU, but in the end the distance from home was a big factor in her decision,” Lappe said. “We wish her the best of luck in the future.”

A 2012 graduate of Park Hill High School, she was a finalist for the DiRenna Award as a senior, given to the top boys and girls high school basketball players in the Kansas City metro area. She averaged 18 points and nearly five assists per game, earning All-Suburban Big 6 Conference and Kansas City Star All-Metro honors.

Colorado is in the midst of preparing for a summer trip to Italy, Aug. 12-21, where the Buffaloes are scheduled to play four games against Italian opponents. Colorado finished the 2012-13 season at 25-7, fourth in the Pac-12 at 13-5, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in program history and first since 2004.