Originally created 11/23/04

Burgess leaves South Carolina



COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina guard Sarah Burgess, expected to be one of the Gamecocks' top outside shooters this season, has left the team and plans to transfer to a school in her home state of Ohio.

Burgess, a junior, is from Brook Park, Ohio.

Choosing to leave was "the hardest decision I have made in my life so far," Burgess said.

She said she enjoyed playing with her teammates. "They will always be on my mind," she said.

South Carolina coach Susan Walvius said Burgess asked for a release from her scholarship. "And we will help her find a school that is a better fit for her," Walvius said.

Burgess was one of only two juniors for the Gamecocks. Walvius' team has no seniors.

Burgess had averaged 23 minutes a game as South Carolina lost its first two contests at Washington and UNLV. She had averaged 6 points and was just 1 of 13 from three-point range.

Last season, Burgess averaged 7.3 points a game in 26 games. She saw action in 28 games her freshman year and averaged 6.7 points a game.