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Lobo Washington says she is leaving the program

Lobo Madi Washington, right, looks to handle a pass under the basket while being defended by Colorado State’s Myanne Hamm in action this past season. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal file)

The annual transfer rites of spring had impacted the University of New Mexico women’s basketball roster Wednesday.

Sophomore Madi Washington announced via Twitter that she will enter the NCAA’s transfer portal and seek to continue her career at another school. Washington met with Lobos coach Mike Bradbury earlier in the day and he said the decision was mutual and had little to do with playing time.

“Madi wants to go home and that’s what’s best for her,” Bradbury said. “We love Madi to death. She’s a great kid and she’s been a really good player for us. This was her decision, and I wish her nothing but the best.”

Washington, a 5-foot-9 guard from Red Oak, Texas, appeared in 27 games off the bench for UNM this season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Her minutes and numbers decreased after she averaged 6.4 points and 1.8 rebounds as a freshman.

Washington said in her Twitter post that her decision to transfer came after prayer and discussions with her family.

“The coaching staff and the fans have all been great,” she said. “I’m humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to learn and grow as a person and a player. … Thank you Lobo Nation for your unconditional support, it truly meant a lot.”

Washington’s departure leaves UNM with one open scholarship for next season, though Bradbury conceded that more personnel changes are possible. Player postseason meetings are scheduled through early next week.

“I don’t know of anyone else planning to leave right now, but transfers happen every year,” Bradbury said. “Whatever happens, we’ll adjust accordingly.”

Three players (Mykiel Burleson, N’Dea Flye and Jasmine Smith) transferred out of UNM’s women’s basketball program last season, and UNM added three transfers (Nike McClure, Bride Kennedy-Hopoate and Najala Howell).

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