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Friday, January 12, 2018

Espinoza-Huinter to transfer out of UConn

Andra Espinoza-Hunter has been a regular at UConn games dating back to the days when her Ossining (N.Y.) High School teammate Saniya Chong was being recruited by the Huskies.

As it turns out, she probably made it to more UConn games when Chong was playing than when she was a part of four-member freshman class.

Espinoza-Hunter, who hasn't played for the Huskies since a Dec. 22 game against Duquesne in Toronto, has decided to transfer according to a release by UConn.

Espinoza-Hunter was taking part in practice that the media attended before the Memphis game on Dec. 31 but was not at that Dec. 31 contest was one of the four that she missed. UConn coach Geno Auriemma was asked about her status multiple times in the last couple of weeks and he said he expected a resolution soon. Well, that resolution is here.

"I have enjoyed getting to know Andi and her family,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a release.  “Everyone at UConn wishes Andi all the best as she continues her college career elsewhere."

Espinoza-Hunter was the second of the four UConn freshmen to get into the game in UConn's season-opening win over Stanford making her collegiate debut with 4:41 left in the fourth quarter. In the next game, she would play the entire fourth quarter as she had an assist and steal in a win over California. In the 97-72 win over Maryland on Nov. 19, Espinoza-Hunter would register her career highs with six points and 14 minutes. She would top that scoring output with eight points in seven minutes against Michigan State on Nov. 25. In her last three appearances, Espinoza-Hunter did not score and had one steal in 14 minutes in wins over DePaul, Oklahoma and Duquesne.

She returned to campus when the team recovened after the Christmas break and took part in practice on Dec. 29. However, she was not with the team two days later when the Huskies hosted Memphis. She didn't travel with the team when UConn played at East Carolina and South Florida and once again was not with the squad in Tuesday's win at UCF.

Espinoza-Hunter burst onto the scene when she was a key player on the Chong-led Ossining (N.Y.) High School team that won the New York Section 1 AA titles in 2012 and 2013 when Espinoza-Hunter was in seventh and eighth grade. After three seasons at Blair Academy where she was a member of three Mid-Atlantic Prep League and three state championship teams, she returned to Ossining as a senior. Espinoza-Hunter averaged 36.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3 steals a game to lead Ossining to another Section 1 AA championship.


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