I don't usually cover the UW women's team, but I was in the line of fire of breaking news today, so I thought I'd share it here, too:
Freshman Jess McCormack has decided to leave the University of Washington women's basketball team and return home to New Zealand.
"This just hasn't worked out to be the right spot for me," she said Tuesday. "It just hasn't felt completely right this whole year, and I just want to be comfortable where I am."
McCormack, a 6-foot-5 forward/center from Auckland, New Zealand, played in 19 games and started 14, while missing seven due to injury or illness. She averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.
"Although a complete surprise, I do know that adjusting to college life and being so far away from home can be a challenge," coach Tia Jackson said. "And it's been a difficult year for Jess, having battled with numerous injuries and the distance between Seattle and her homeland. … We certainly wish Jess all the success in the world, especially in the upcoming 2008 Olympics."
McCormack, a member of the New Zealand national team, will remain in school through the end of winter quarter. She said she might eventually return to another college program in the States.