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WVU Women’s Basketball Player Jeanna Cunningham Enters Transfer Portal



West Virginia’s women’s basketball team is losing some depth in its frontcourt.

Sophomore center Jeanna Cunningham entered the transfer portal on Monday, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to West Virginia Sports Now.

Touted as a three-star recruit by ESPN in the 2020 class, and as high as a four-star recruit by other services, Cunningham joined the Mountaineers as a scholarship player ahead of the 2020-21 season.

However, she didn’t play all that much for Mike Carey’s side. Across two seasons, she appeared in just 13 games. She scored a total of four points, blocked four shots and grabbed five rebounds. Despite being the third-tallest player on the roster this season, Cunningham couldn’t find a consistent role in the rotation.

Coming out of St. Francis Prep, the 6-foot-4 native of Brentwood, New York was ranked as the 13th-best forward in her class by ESPN. She ultimately committed to West Virginia over Boston College, Illinois, Rutgers and UCF.

West Virginia ranked 123rd nationally in rebounding this season, but 26th in blocks per-game. Most of the Mountaineers’ front court minutes went to Esmery Martinez, Ari Gray and Blessing Ejiofor. Martinez averaged 8.8 rebounds per-game and was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.

West Virginia has a 15-15 overall record this season. The Mountaineers were supposed to play in the WNIT this week for the seventh time under Carey, but the Mountaineers pulled out of the tournament on Monday.

In a statement, AD Shane Lyons said: “Team injuries, along with student-athletes set to enter the transfer portal, have limited our roster availability, and we would not be able to provide a competitive or positive experience for our student-athletes.” The Mountaineers were replaced by Wake Forest.

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