May 2, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State women’s basketball head coach Kellie Harper announced Friday (May 2) that sophomore guard/forward Mikala McGhee will transfer at the end of the current academic semester.
McGhee played in all 31 MSU contests this season and cracked the starting lineup for the final five games of the year, averaging 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 16 minutes per contest.
“First of all, I love Mikala and enjoyed coaching her this year,” said Harper. “This has not been an easy choice for her, but sometimes players make decisions based on what is best for their future beyond basketball. Although she will be deeply missed by her coaches and teammates we respect Mikala and her decision to move on from Missouri State.”
A native of Bridgeton, Mo., McGhee shot 47 percent from the field in Missouri Valley Conference games and scored in double figures three times as a sophomore, including a career-high 15 in her first career start on Feb. 27 at Southern Illinois. For her career, McGhee appeared in 51 games, scoring 192 points to go with 157 rebounds, 48 assists and 26 steals.
“I have enjoyed the past two years at Missouri State. It was a very tough decision, and although I will miss my teammates, coaches and the community, I had to make the best decision for myself and my future after basketball,” said McGhee. “I appreciate all that Missouri State and the Lady Bears program have done for me and I wish them best of luck in the future.”
Harper’s Lady Bears completed her first season with a 14-17 record, including an 11-4 mark in the 15 games from Dec. 15-Feb. 7. The team graduates four seniors and returns eight letterwinners next season, led by all-MVC guards Tyonna Snow and Kenzie Williams. Missouri State’s incoming freshman class for 2014-15 includes four all-state selections in Aubrey Buckley (6-1, F, Springfield, Mo., Parkview High), Liza Fruendt (5-9, G, Batavia, Ill., Batavia High), Audrey Holt (6-1, F, Columbia, Mo., Rock Bridge High) and Lee Ann Polowy (5-7, G, Jefferson City, Mo., Blair Oaks High).