The University of Wyoming women’s basketball had one scholarship available for the 2013-14 season with senior forwards Chaundra Sewell and Ashley Sickles graduating.
They now have a couple more possible scholarships to give out.
On Tuesday, the program announced that sophomore guard Alison Gorrell and junior forward Aubry Boehme have decided not to return to the program next season to pursue other opportunities.
It is not immediately known if Gorrell and Boehme will transfer to another school to play basketball.
“Transfers are a part of the culture we have today,” UW basketball coach Joe Legerski said. “You lose players and you get players as transfers. The biggest thing is we always talk to our players that if you truly feel there’s something better for you, we wish you the best of luck.”
Gorrell leaves the program having started the last 40 games of her Cowgirl career.
As a freshman, Gorrell stepped into the starting lineup at point guard late in the 2011-12 season and helped the Cowgirls to a solid finish and a win in the Mountain West tournament.
This season Gorrell started all 32 games for UW at the point. She averaged 3.8 points and a team-high 3.7 assists this season. But Gorrell’s production and playing time diminished as the regular season came to a close with the increased production of junior Chelan Landry and freshman Marquelle Dent at point guard.
Landry finished the season averaging 3.9 points and 2.4 assists a game despite playing nearly six minutes a game less than Gorrell. Landry also sparked the Cowgirls to a come-from-behind victory over Colorado State in the MW quarterfinals, making the game-winning basket in the closing seconds.
Boehme, a junior college transfer this season from Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., never seemed to adjust to the Division I brand of basketball this season.
She came to Wyoming after an outstanding sophomore year at Otero, during which she was named to the Division I Junior College All-American team.
But Boehme averaged just 1.2 points and 0.9 rebounds for the Cowgirls while playing in 28 of UW’s 32 games. Boehme averaged 6.7 minutes a game, ninth on the team.
Legerski said he was surprised to hear of Gorrell and Boehme wanting to transfer.
“This was a situation where Alison started every game this year and started games at the end of last year,” he said. “It’s not as simple as a player just getting playing time.
“Sometimes they want a different experience. I think for Alison and Aubry, they wanted a different experience.”
Wyoming will look for more inside help during the spring signing period with the losses of Sewell, Sickles and now Boehme.
The Cowgirls officially now have three scholarships available. It isn’t yet known whether redshirt freshman Fatima Thiam will return to the program next fall. Thiam suffered her second ACL injury this past season. Thiam could elect to take a medical redshirt. That would leave UW with four scholarships available.
UW does return starting sophomore guards Kayla Woodward (14.1 ppg) and Kaitlyn Mileto (11.8 ppg) for next year as well as junior forward Fallon Lewis (6.1 ppg), who was Wyoming’s top player off the bench.
Wyoming finished 24-8 last season and was third in the Mountain West.