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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Edwards leaves UConn

I doubt there is a Connecticut high school point guard who doesn't dream of running the show at UConn.

However, living a dream isn't always as easy as it might seem.

Meriden native Sadie Edwards could barely believe her good fortune when she was offered a scholarship by UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma during a visit to campus. The reality is she should have gone home and gave it a little more thought and there were those in her camp who were suggesting she do just that. But how can you pass on a chance to play at UConn? So Edwards said yes.

Well, after six games and 29 minutes, Edwards is now looking for a new school as UConn announced that she is transferring at the end of the fall semester.

Here is the official release from UConn

Freshman guard Sadie Edwards has decided to transfer from the University of Connecticut women's basketball program, as announced by head coach Geno Auriemma on Tuesday.

“Sadie is a great kid who will be missed by the coaching staff and her teammates,” Auriemma said.  “Getting to know Sadie and her family has been a pleasure but she has voiced her desire to play more and we have come to the mutual agreement that this can best be accomplished at a different school.  I wish Sadie nothing but the best in the future.”

Edwards will complete her final exams this week prior to finalizing her transfer.

The Meriden, Conn. native played in six games, averaging 4.8 minutes per contest.

The reality is that Edwards was receiving walk-on minutes (her last appearance came on Saturday when she checked into the Notre Dame game with 38 seconds left to play along with walk-ons Tierney Lawlor and Briana Pulido) and that was not expected to change. Kia Nurse was already starting, Gabby Williams carving out a niche coming off the bench and Courtney Ekmark expected to do that same when she recovers from the stress reaction in her right foot. With UConn bringing in another highly-rated class dominated by perimeter players and top Class of 2016 point guard Crystal Dangerfield already having committed, Edwards was going to have a hard time earning quality minutes at UConn.

The last time I spoke to Edwards came in between UConn's two preseason games after she was the lone available scholarship player to play fewer than 10 minutes in the exhibition opener against West Chester.

"I don't look at it as getting more minutes, I look at it as getting better and that will come," Edwards said.

"It is challenging but there is a lot to learn, my teammates help me out a lot. There is a lot to learn but my teammates have helped me to be the best I can be."

Edwards has had a tough go of it with a member of her immediate family dealing with some serious health issues and then after leaving Mercy to play in New York's Nazareth High School, Nazareth coach Apache Paschall died in January of 2012 at the age of 38. Edwards finished out her high school career in New Jersey playing for Blair Academy.

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