Loryn Goodwin, last season’s Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, and backup Braylah Blakely have both left the North Texas women’s basketball program.
UNT head coach Mike Petersen confirmed Monday morning that both will not return next season.
Goodwin was one of UNT’s top players last season, when she averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. The former Cypress Falls standout became a starter in the 11th game of the season and went on to score at least 20 points in five games.
Goodwin hit 14 3-pointers in 22 attempts during a two-game span in February against Florida International and Louisiana-Monroe.
The last of those 3s was a game winner with 3.3 seconds left that gave UNT a 76-75 win over the Warhawks.
Goodwin hit a school record 65 3s on the season and was also an impact defensive player. The 86 steals Goodwin posted ranks third for a season in program history.
Goodwin was a third-team All-Sun Belt selection in addition to being named the league’s top freshman.
Blakely scored a career-high 16 points in UNT’s season opener against Texas State, but did not reach double figures again the rest of the season. She averaged 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds a game.
Forward Sara Stanley was the only senior on UNT’s roster last season.
UNT will have several of its key players returning and a few newcomers to help fill the void left by the departures of Goodwin, Blakely and Stanley.
Alexis Hyder led UNT with an average of 14.2 points and 8.8 rebounds a game as a freshman and was a third-team All-Sun Belt pick.
Starting guard BreAnna Dawkins will also return after averaging 10.1 points a game as a sophomore last season.
The Mean Green had four players sitting out — freshman guard Kiara Davis, freshman forward Eboniey Jeter and two transfers who are expected to make a major impact next season in Taylor Hooker (Tulsa) and Briesha Wynn (TCU).
Hooker, a junior guard, averaged 11.8 points a game at Tulsa in the 2011-12 season, when Wynn, a junior forward, averaged 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds a game for TCU.
UNT also has a top freshman set to join the program in the fall in Candace Adams, a guard from Cedar Hill. ESPN HoopGurlz has Adams rated No. 99 on its list of the top 100 recruits in the class of 2013.
The addition of Hooker and Wynn could help fill the voids left by the departures of Goodwin and Blakely for UNT, which finished 11-19 last season and lost to Louisiana-Lafayette in double overtime in the opening round of the Sun Belt tournament.
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