UK Women's Basketball

UK women add transfer from LSU

Give us your tired, your homesick, your players desiring more playing time.

The Kentucky women's basketball team could make their own modified mantra lately after a third player has opted to transfer to play for the Cats and Coach Matthew Mitchell.

This time it's freshman point guard Crystal Riley, who left Louisiana State after one semester and joined UK this week. Kentucky officials confirmed that Riley, a 5-foot-5 guard, has enrolled and was in a class this morning.

The Arlington, Tenn., native was rated the 11th-best point guard in the nation and the 59th player overall in the Class of 2008 by recruiting Web site Hoopgurlz.com.

She will join Scott County star Rebecca Gray (a North Carolina transfer) and Lexington Catholic standout Keyla Snowden (an Akron transfer) at UK next season.

Snowden and Gray will be eligible at the start of next season. Riley will have to wait until January.

Riley played in six games at Louisiana State, averaging 8.8 minutes, 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds.

She asked Coach Van Chancellor for a full release, which was granted in early January.

"Crystal feels the best way to continue the development of her career is to do so at another university and we support her decision," Chancellor said in a news release.

Riley, an honors student, was a three-year All-District, All-City and All-Metro selection at Hillcrest High School in Memphis.

The Tennessee Miss Basketball finalist averaged 21 points a game as a senior and averaged 15 points and five assists as a junior. As a sophomore, she helped lead Hillcrest to the Class 4A state championship.

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