NORMAN, Okla. -- Reserve centers Casey Walker and Kelly Lam
will leave the Oklahoma women's basketball team at the end of the
semester, Sooners coach Sherri Coale said Friday.
"We are always disappointed when players leave our program for
any reason," Coale said. "Casey and Kelly were each excellent
students and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Our
program will continue to strive for excellence as we go about the
business of pursuing championships."
Lam told Oklahoma's staff that she intends to transfer. Walker's
plans are uncertain.
Neither of the 6-foot-3 centers had received significant playing
time, and the opportunities to get on the court were likely to
dwindle with the arrival of twins Courtney and Ashley Paris in next
season's recruiting class.
In addition to Courtney Paris, at 6-foot-4, and Ashley Paris, at
6-foot-2, the Sooners return leading scorer Leah Rush, Antoinette
Wadsworth, Beky Preston and Krista Sanchez at the post.
"I'm looking forward to going back home so my family will be
able to see me play," said Lam, a freshman from Milwaukee who
averaged 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in eight games. "Everyone
here has been extremely supportive of me through this very
difficult decision. I respect the coaching staff and I'll miss my
Walker, a sophomore from Houston, averaged 3.6 points and 1.7
rebounds in 12 games. She sat out the 2002-03 season with a knee
injury, then averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 11 games last
season. She said she was grateful for the relationships built in
the past three years.
"I'm appreciative of everyone who has supported me but now
it's time for me to move on and finish my education and pursue
other goals," Walker said.