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April 25, 2012

Three Oklahoma State women's basketball players to transfer

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State officials confirmed Wednesday that three members of the Cowgirls’ women’s basketball team will be transferring before next season.

Jenni Bryan, Vicky McIntyre and Taylor Schippers have been granted a release from their scholarships. Bryan intends to enroll at Oral Roberts, while Oklahoma State officials weren’t sure where McIntyre and Schippers plan to transfer.

The loss of Schippers could be the biggest blow to a Cowgirl team that went 22-12 and won the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.

The freshman from Houston, Texas, split time with Jordan Schultz at shooting guard, starting 17 games for the Cowgirls. Schippers averaged 3.8 points and 1.3 rebounds while averaging 17.3 minutes per game.

Schippers came out of high school as one of the more heralded and prized recruits of this season’s freshman class. She was also recruited heavily by Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri and Delaware, but said she chose Oklahoma State because the family-like atmosphere made her feel comfortable.

Like Schippers, McIntyre will also leave big shoes to fill. The 6-foot-6-inch sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, scored 4.0 points and grabbed 4.1 rebounds per game in 11.4 minutes per game.

Not necessarily known for her offense, McIntyre has been one of the team’s defensive leaders throughout her career. McIntyre is tied with Toni Young for third on the all-time block list with 110 career blocks.

McIntyre was second in team scoring during her freshman year, averaging 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while finishing sixth in the Big 12 with a field goal percentage of 49.5 percent. She also made 17 starts during the 2010-11 season.

Along with Oklahoma State, McIntyre was recruited by Nebraska, Iowa State, Colorado, Colorado State, Creighton and Illinois State.

The daughter of the late Rick Bryan, a two-time All-American defensive tackle at Oklahoma, Bryan was recruited by Oral Roberts coming out of Coweta, but instead signed with the Cowgirls. Tulsa, Missouri, Louisville and Texas Tech also recruited her.

As a freshman, Bryan averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, but saw those numbers dip in her sophomore season. She averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds, but did have a big 3-pointer that helped lift Oklahoma State past Oklahoma in Bedlam at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Bryan will have to sit out a year before she can play for the Golden Eagles, but when she does return to the court she will have two years of eligibility left because she didn’t redshirt while at Oklahoma State.

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