Release allows forward to seek transfer

Updated: March 23, 2005, 9:49 PM ET
Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida forward Bernice Mosby will not return to the Gators next season after the school granted the junior a release from her scholarship Wednesday that will allow her to transfer.

"This has been the hardest decision I've ever had to make as a coach," Gators coach Carolyn Peck said. "This decision is in the best interest for our basketball program and for Bernice. I wish her the best of luck in the future."

The team's leading scorer and rebounder last season, the 6-foot-1 Mosby was benched against Georgia on Feb. 24 for violating team rules then sat out the final three games of the season for what Peck described as "personal matters."

All four games were Florida losses.

A second team All-SEC selection, Mosby concludes her Florida career as the No. 17 scorer in school history with 1,124 points. Mosby averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds last season.

Mosby, a Florida native, was voted the SEC Sixth Woman of the Year last season and was also on the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2003.

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