November 15, 2021 

Uconn freshman Poffenbarger to transfer

The No. 30 prospect in ESPN's 2021 HoopGurlz recruiting rankings has entered the transfer portal

As first reported by The Next‘s Russ Steinberg, Connecticut freshman Saylor Poffenbarger will transfer from the program, head coach Geno Auriemma announced today. The No. 30 prospect in ESPN’s 2021 HoopGurlz recruiting rankings has entered the transfer portal after Uconn’s first game of the season.

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“Saylor is a great person who has a lot of potential. Wherever she goes, she’ll be able to reach her goals and benefit her future home.” Auriemma said. “We wish Saylor and her family the best as she continues her career.”

A member of the 2021 class, Poffenbarger joined the Huskies as an early-enrollee in January 2021. She played in 12 total games, scoring six points and pulling down four rebounds. The 6’2 guard was sidelined with an injury for UConn’s exhibition game against Fort Hays State. And the team’s season opener against Arkansas on Sunday. She also missed preseason time with the team this summer due to a back injury.

“After talking to my family, I decided it’s in my best interest to enter my name into the transfer portal,” Poffenbarger said. “I’m grateful for my teammates, coaches, support staff and the fans for welcoming me to Storrs, and I wish them the best.”

Due to the NCAA’s decision to grant an extra year of eligibility to all winter athletes, Poffenbarger retains four year of eligibility. She leaves behind a UConn team in Storrs that returns all five starters from their Final Four roster last season, including reigning AP Player of the Year Paige Bueckers. In addition to the sophomore guard Bueckers, UConn’s roster includes five other guards including freshmen Azzi Fudd and Caroline Ducharme, sophomore Nika Mühl, and seniors Christyn Williams and Evina Westbrook. There will be a lot of competition for playing time in Storrs this season with such a deep and talented roster.

UConn’s next game is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 20th against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Written by Tee Baker

Tee has been a contributor to The Next since March Madness 2021 and is currently a contributing editor, BIG EAST beat reporter and curator of historical deep dives.

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