Top UO women’s hoop stars enter transfer portal, WNBA Draft

The Ducks’ top female basketball player leaves the program.

On Monday, fourth-year sophomore Nyara Sabally announced she was entering the WNBA Draft.

“It was an honor to put on the Ducks jersey and play in Matthew Knight Arena,” Sabally said in a statement posted to Twitter. “I will forever cherish my time here and hope I was able to inspire the people of Eugene who have shown me unwavering support over the past four years.”

During the 2021-22 season, Sabally averaged 15.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game. She also shot 52.7% from the floor and 72.5% from the free throw line.

In 47 career games, Sabally averaged 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Although Sabally’s loss is significant, it was expected.

Sabally participated in the Oregon Seniors Day festivities with Shannon Dufficy. With Sedona Prince returning next season, the Ducks will always have an experienced player in the middle.

Parrish and Watson also enter the transfer portal

An hour after Sabally’s statement, Sydney Parrish and Kylee Watson announced they were entering the transfer portal.

Parrish was Oregon’s second-best 3-point shooter last season with 52 of her long-range shots on 147 attempts (35.4%). She also averaged 8.5 points per game while playing in all 32 games for Oregon. He will have three years of eligibility left.

Watson mostly came off the Ducks bench last season averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. The Linwood, New Jersey native will have two more years of eligibility.

Despite the Ducks’ disappointing loss to Belmont in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, second- and third-scoring Endyia Rogers and Te-Hina Paopao will also be back in 2021-22. With Sedona Prince also returning next season, the Ducks will always have an experienced player in the middle.

Oregon also has a talented recruiting class coming to Eugene next year, including five-star athletes Chance Gray (Hamilton, Ohio) and Grace VanSlooten (Ottawa, Ohio) and four-star prospects Jennah Isai (Surprise, Arizona) and Kennedy Basham (Phoenix).

Contact Register-Guard sportswriter Antwan Staley at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.

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