Ignatius.. yes and no .. one less bench player but she really wasn't playing much either.. so.
Yes her time had diminished since she started; but she was a player providing a little more height. Plus this means we have one guard (Powell) off the bench. Second transfer of the Whalen era-I think.
Gophers women's basketball sophomore guard Mercedes Staples is adding her name to the transfer portal, Gophers head coach Lindsay Whalen announced Friday.
Staples, whose name has been dropped from the Gophers' roster on the team website, was one of Whalen's first recruits upon taking the job in 2018 and was ranked No. 64 in the Class of 2018 by ESPN's HoopGurlz out of Viewmont High School in Bountiful, Utah.
Staples played in 33 games in her Gophers career, averaging 3.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists. She has appeared in eight of the Gophers' nine games this season, with one start.
Aztec women's basketball head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson has announced the signing of Mercedes Staples, a transfer from the University of Minnesota. A 5'10" guard from Centerville, Utah, Staples will be eligible midway through the 2020-21 season as a junior.
"We are thrilled to add Mercedes to our program," Terry-Hutson said. "She is an incredible shooter and a dynamic offensive threat that brings power five experience to our team. She has a vivacious personality that will fit in great with our program and culture."
"I am grateful for the opportunity San Diego State has given me. I was looking for a school where I could add value and further my development," Staples explained. "The coaching staff has followed me throughout my high school and AAU career, and they know my style of play and feel that I will be a great fit within their system. I had a great connection between the players and coaches which made my decision even easier. I am excited to be a part of SDSU and its community and look forward to making those around me successful."