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South Carolina reserves Russell, Wesolek to transfer

April 9, 2022 GMT
South Carolina forward Laeticia Amihere (15), guard Eniya Russell, second from left, guard Olivia Thompson (0), guard LeLe Grissett (24), and forward Sania Feagin, right, celebrate a basket during the second half a second-round game against Miami in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 20, 2022 in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 49-33. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
South Carolina forward Laeticia Amihere (15), guard Eniya Russell, second from left, guard Olivia Thompson (0), guard LeLe Grissett (24), and forward Sania Feagin, right, celebrate a basket during the second half a second-round game against Miami in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 20, 2022 in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 49-33. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
South Carolina forward Laeticia Amihere (15), guard Eniya Russell, second from left, guard Olivia Thompson (0), guard LeLe Grissett (24), and forward Sania Feagin, right, celebrate a basket during the second half a second-round game against Miami in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 20, 2022 in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 49-33. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
South Carolina forward Laeticia Amihere (15), guard Eniya Russell, second from left, guard Olivia Thompson (0), guard LeLe Grissett (24), and forward Sania Feagin, right, celebrate a basket during the second half a second-round game against Miami in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 20, 2022 in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 49-33. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
South Carolina forward Laeticia Amihere (15), guard Eniya Russell, second from left, guard Olivia Thompson (0), guard LeLe Grissett (24), and forward Sania Feagin, right, celebrate a basket during the second half a second-round game against Miami in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 20, 2022 in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 49-33. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina reserves in guards Eniya Russell and Elysa Wesolek have entered their names in the transfer portal Friday, less than a week after the Gamecocks celebrated a national championship.

Russell is a 6-foot-1 sophomore from Baltimore who was a McDonald’s All-American. But Russell never started a game in 49 appearances the past two years, largely coming in late when games were decided.

Russell averaged 7.7 minutes in 23 games this season, averaging 2.3 points.

She posted on social media that reaching a Final Four as a freshman and winning it all a year later with a 64-49 victory over UConn last Sunday night were memories that will never be forgotten. “With that being said, I will enter my name in the transfer portal to further pursue my basketball and educational aspirations and goals,” Russell said.

Wesolek is a 6-1 senior from Charleston. She played in 71 games over four seasons and also saw most of her action late in games.

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Wesolek, like Russell, thanked the school, her coaches, teammates and fans. But she said she wanted to pursue her career goal to become a sports nutritionist and dietician at another school and play as a grad transfer.

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