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Lobo hoops: Carter announces she’ll transfer

UNM’s Corina Carter, right, shown in January 2020 against Imani Lacy and Nevada, has announced a plan to transfer. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

The University of New Mexico’s women’s basketball roster began its annual transformation Tuesday when point guard Corina Carter announced she will enter the NCAA transfer portal.

A 5-foot-6 sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, Carter announced her decision via Twitter, thanking both UNM and its fans.

“I truly appreciate the Lobo nation and how they have accepted me from the beginning which I am forever grateful for,” Carter’s tweet stated. “With that being said, after long conversations with my family, I’ve decided that it’s best for me to enter the transfer portal. I look forward to what awaits me in the next chapter of my life …”

Lobos coach Mike Bradbury said the decision was Carter’s.

“Rina’s been a good player for us,” Bradbury said, “and I wish her all the best. I hope she’s able to go somewhere that she can really shine.”

Carter appeared in 19 of 20 games for UNM this season, all off the bench. She averaged 6.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

More changes and perhaps adjustments could be ahead for the Lobos, who are holding player exit meetings this week. Bradbury declined to make any announcements and said some decisions have yet to be made.

Two players with decisions to make are seniors Antonia Anderson and Jaedyn De La Cerda, who could return for another season because of an NCAA ruling allowing an extra year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both were full-time starters and played key roles as UNM finished 15-5 and won a Mountain West regular-season title this season.

“Hopefully they come back,” Bradbury said. “They’re definitely welcome.”

Both Anderson and De La Cerda are dealing with injury situations. Anderson suffered a knee injury and played just 6 minutes in UNM’s season-ending 90-85 loss to California Baptist in the WNIT. She is scheduled to have the knee examined this week.

De La Cerda is facing offseason surgery to repair a torn tendon in her right thumb. The Lobos’ leading scorer at 15 points per game, De La Cerda injured the thumb during practice and played with a bulky wrap on her hand for UNM’s final nine games.

The Lobos have three current high school seniors signed for next season: Sandia’s VianĂ© Cumber (5-10 guard/forward), Aniyah Augmon (5-8 guard from Woodside Priory HS in Portola, Calif.) and Mackenzie Curtis (5-10 guard from El Capitan HS in Lakeside, Calif.). Curtis recently scored the 2,000th point of her prep career.

“I don’t know exactly what our team will look like yet,” Bradbury said, “but we’ll shoot a ton of 3s again. You can count on that.”

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