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 could make that their own modified mantra after a third player opted this week to transfer and 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.

Mitchell confirmed that Riley, a 5-foot-5 point guard, has enrolled at Kentucky and was in class this morning.

The Arlington, Tenn., native was rated the 11th-best point guard in the nation and the 61st player overall in the Class of 2008 by recruiting site

"Crystal was one of the top point guards in the country in her class and, for us to have an opportunity to coach her, is something I'm thrilled about," Mitchell said. "She can definitely help us."

Riley will join former Scott County star Rebecca Gray (a North Carolina transfer) and former 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 the end of the fall semester. She can start practicing with UK immediately.

Mitchell acknowledged that a class of transfers isn't "the traditional way that things happen," but he's excited about the three additions.

"They're all three players that I am confident are going to be the kind of players that can move us forward and help us reach the goals we're trying to reach," Mitchell said.

Riley has two connections to the UK staff, including playing for assistant coach Matt Insell on his former Tennessee Flight AAU team.

She also was familiar with UK assistant Kyra Elzy. Elzy's former employer, Kansas, was on Riley's final list of three schools before she opted to go to LSU.

"The familiarity she had with people on our staff definitely helped us," Mitchell said.

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

LSU granted Riley a full release by Coach Van Chancellor in early January.

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.

2009-10 UK women's roster

Name Ht. Cl. Pos. Hometown/last school

Catina Bett 6-5 Jr. C Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden City H.S.

Anna Cole 6-6 Fr. C Mondovi, Wis./Mondovi H.S.

Victoria Dunlap 6-1 Jr. F Nashville/Brentwood Academy

Brittany Edelen 5-9 Sr. G Springfield/Washington Co. H.S.

Amani Franklin 5-11 Sr. G Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan H.S.

Rebecca Gray 5-10 So. G Georgetown/North Carolina

Brittany Henderson 6-1 Fr. F Pasadena, Calif./John Muir H.S.

Adia Mathies 5-9 Fr. G Louisville/Iroquois H.S.

Carly Morrow 5-11 Jr. G Chattanooga/Chattanooga Girls Prep

Porsha Postell 5-10 Fr. G/F White Plains, N.Y./Woodlands H.S.

x-Crystal Riley 5-5 Fr. G Arlington, Tenn./Louisiana State

Amber Smith 5-5 Jr. PG Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven H.S.

Keyla Snowden 5-7 So. G Lexington/Akron

Lydia Watkins 6-1 Jr. G/F Hopkinsville/Christian Co. H.S.

x-will be eligible to play second semester after finals in December