The USC women’s basketball team went into this past season with seven seniors, but only two of them would be exhausting their eligibility. Those two were Kierra Fletcher and Victaria Sexton. The other five all had the option to return next season. But after four announcements Tuesday, none are returning.
The WNBA Draft is April 10th, so the USC players with the option to return, but thinking of a pro career, were, by rule, supposed to declare their intent to enter the draft within 48 hours after their played their final game of the season.
Saturday, Alyah Boston made her announcement. No surprise as she may be the first player taken. Tuesday, Boston was joined on the draft list by guards Zia Cooke and Brea Beal and forward Laeticia Amihere. A fifth player, reserve guard Olivia Thompson, also announced Tuesday her plans to move on, but she is not pursuing a pro career.
Cooke started in all 137 games she played for the Gamecocks and averaged 13.5 points for her career. Beal started 137 of 138 games in her career and had career averages of 6.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. And Amihere played in 137 career games starting four. She had career averages of 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.