Cole leaves UK women’s program

Kentucky announced Wednesday that sophomore center Anna Cole is leaving the program.
The 6-foot-7 center, who was the tallest player in the program’s history, averaged just 3.3 minutes in nine games as a freshman last season. She averaged one point and 1.7 rebounds.
Cole, who was hampered by a foot injury, asked to be released from her scholarship, the UK release said. Cole said she wished to be closer to home.
“I was very sad to hear of Anna’s desire to leave our program,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said in the release. “I do respect her desire to continue her college career closer to her family and her home in Wisconsin. … We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
In the UK release, Cole said she enjoyed her time in Lexington.
“I really loved everyone here,” Cole said. “I loved the coaches, the players and the fans and I would never take back this experience. I just want to be closer to home so my entire family can see me play. I miss my family so much.”

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