New individual posters of University of New Mexico women’s basketball players were hung inside the Davalos Center this week. Photos of Najala Howell and Bride Kennedy-Hopoate were not among them.
Lobos coach Mike Bradbury said Thursday the two seniors are no longer with the team. Howell and Kennedy-Hopoate were not on the bench for UNM’s two most recent games against Wyoming and Northern New Mexico.
“They will not be on the team moving forward,” Bradbury said after Thursday’s practice. “Naj has decided to focus on finishing her master’s degree. I haven’t spoken to Bride yet about her plans but she won’t be with the team.”
Bradbury declined to give many details about the departures, and neither player responded to Journal requests for comment via social media Thursday.