Walker, Lam leaving at the semester's end

Updated: March 25, 2005, 7:04 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Reserve centers Casey Walker and Kelly Lam will leave the Oklahoma women's basketball team at the end of the semester, Sooners coach Sherri Coale said Friday.

"We are always disappointed when players leave our program for any reason," Coale said. "Casey and Kelly were each excellent students and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Our program will continue to strive for excellence as we go about the business of pursuing championships."

Lam told Oklahoma's staff that she intends to transfer. Walker's plans are uncertain.

Neither of the 6-foot-3 centers had received significant playing time, and the opportunities to get on the court were likely to dwindle with the arrival of twins Courtney and Ashley Paris in next season's recruiting class.

In addition to Courtney Paris, at 6-foot-4, and Ashley Paris, at 6-foot-2, the Sooners return leading scorer Leah Rush, Antoinette Wadsworth, Beky Preston and Krista Sanchez at the post.

"I'm looking forward to going back home so my family will be able to see me play," said Lam, a freshman from Milwaukee who averaged 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in eight games. "Everyone here has been extremely supportive of me through this very difficult decision. I respect the coaching staff and I'll miss my teammates."

Walker, a sophomore from Houston, averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12 games. She sat out the 2002-03 season with a knee injury, then averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 11 games last season. She said she was grateful for the relationships built in the past three years.

"I'm appreciative of everyone who has supported me but now it's time for me to move on and finish my education and pursue other goals," Walker said.

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