Lady Vols announce guard Te’a Cooper is transferring

Candace Parker of the University of Tennessee, left, and Tyler Hansbrough of the University of North Carolina, right, pose with the 2008 John R. Wooden Award along with University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt who received the Legends of Coaching award in Los Angeles on Friday, April 11, 2008. The award was established by The Los Angeles Athletic Club to honor the outstanding college basketball player of the year. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Guard Te’a Cooper is transferring from Tennessee.

Lady Volunteers coach Holly Warlick said in a statement that Cooper had told her Tuesday about her intent to transfer. Warlick said she would grant Cooper’s release and added that “I appreciate all of Te’a’s hard work and her contributions to our program the last two years.”

Cooper missed the 2016-17 season with a knee injury. The 5-foot-8 guard from Powder Springs, Georgia, averaged 8.6 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals as a freshman in 2015-16.

Cooper is the second Lady Vol who has opted to transfer since the end of the season. Tennessee announced April 21 that guard Alexa Middleton was leaving the program. Middleton averaged 7.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists this past season.

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