UK Women's Basketball

Barnette to transfer from UK

Kentucky's Sarah Beth Barnette was guarded under the basket by Laura Lewis in the first half of the women's first round NCAA tournament game against Hampton at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday.  Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Kentucky's Sarah Beth Barnette was guarded under the basket by Laura Lewis in the first half of the women's first round NCAA tournament game against Hampton at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

Ever since she was a little girl, Sarah Beth Barnette had dreams about playing for Kentucky.

But sometimes even when your dreams come true, they're still not exactly what you want.

It turned out that way for the 2010 Miss Basketball from Lexington Christian.

UK announced the 6-foot-2 forward's decision to leave Coach Matthew Mitchell's program late Wednesday night.

When reached by phone, Barnette said she plans to transfer to another school and is still in the process of figuring out which one.

Barnette, who averaged 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 6.7 minutes of play this season as a freshman, is looking for a better fit than she found at Kentucky.

"I've been a UK fan my whole life and I'll always cheer for the Cats," said Barnette, who played in 29 of Kentucky's 34 games last season. "It wasn't a good fit for me personally.

"I look forward with excitement about my future and have peace about my decision. I wish UK hoops the best on and off the court and I'm grateful for the opportunity Coach Mitchell gave me."

In a statement through Kentucky athletics, Mitchell said he appreciated Barnette's contributions.

"I wish Sarah Beth the very best as she moves forward with her career," he said.

Barnette is the second Miss Basketball to transfer out of UK in as many seasons.

Last year, Rebecca Gray of Scott County opted to leave the Kentucky program to play golf and basketball for Union College. She previously had transferred to UK from North Carolina.

While at Lexington Christian, Barnette was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year. She helped lead the Eagles to one Sweet Sixteen championship and three All "A" Classic titles.

She finished her high school career with 1,928 points and 1,076 rebounds.

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