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Syracuse Women’s Basketball loses three players to the transfer portal

Seniors Chrissy Carr and Chrislyn Carr along with freshman Julianna Walker enter the transfer portal after playing one season at Syracuse.

Both Chrissy Carr and Chrislyn Carr announced via Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday afternoon their decision to continue their basketball career as a grad student but not in Central New York.

Both Carr’s transferred to Syracuse under the impression that they would play under former head coach Quentin Hillsman. He resigned in early August following allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Chrissy Carr transferred from Kansas State after playing three seasons under her father who was the assistant coach. Her junior season she was named Big 12 Honorable Mention after starting in 24 games and ranked 15th in Big 12 scoring. After her father left the program, Chrissy did too. The 6-foot-1 started in all 29 games averaging 11.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

“A little under a year ago when I made the decision to come to Syracuse, I was excited and content of my decision of this place being my new home and getting an amazing education,” Chrissy Carr wrote via Twitter. “After committing under Coach (Quentin Hillsman) and his vision for me as a person and a player, there was a lot of changes prior to me arriving to campus. I decided to stay with my commitment to the University and my commitment to making the best our of situation I did not see coming.”

Former assistant to Hillsman, Vonn Read took over as the acting head coach. After a 11-17 and first found exit in the ACC Tournament, Syracuse decided they will conduct a nationwide search for the next women’s basketball coach, which led to Chrissy Carr’s decision to transfer.

“Due to the coaching change and the movement within the program, I have decided to enter the transfer portal as a grad transfer,” wrote Chrissy Carr.

Chrislyn Carr transferred after playing two and a half seasons at Texas Tech where she was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year before transferring to Baylor for the 2021 spring semester. Carr started in all 29 games and was second on the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game. She had seven 20-point games and had the best field goal percentage with .440.

“I will always be proud to have received a degree from Syracuse University! But I believe it i in my best interest to explore other opportunities that may present themselves. All that being said, I will be entering the transfer portal as a grad transfer seeking the best avenue for me and my family as I continue to chase my dreams in my final year of eligibility,” wrote Chrislyn Carr.

Earlier this week, Julianna Walker, former Gatorade Washington Girls Player of the Year in 2020-2021 announced Monday on Instagram that she will be entering the transfer portal. Walker appeared in 14 games and averaged 1.6 points per game. The freshman announced she will be entering the transfer portal but did not rule out the possibility of returning to her dream school.

The Syracuse Women’s Basketball program has lost three players this week, including two starters. Last season the program lost 11 players, the most in women’s college basketball last season.

Katelyn McCarthy covers Syracuse Women's Basketball for WAER and is a graduate student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.