Guard leaves Gophers hoops

After starting for the Gophers women’s basketball team the past two seasons, junior guard Cassie VanderHeyden has decided to leave the team.
VanderHeyden, who will remain in school, cited personal reasons for leaving the team.
“I will remain a student at Minnesota but am leaving the team to focus on academics,” VanderHeyden said.
VanderHeyden started 29 of her 54 career games with Minnesota, averaging 10.3 points per game. Her 118 three-point field goals ranks second in Gophers history.
Minnesota coach Cheryl Littlejohn said the Gophers will miss VanderHeyden’s presence on the team.
“It was a difficult decision and we wish her well,” Littlejohn said. “We will miss her leadership on the court and her spark for the game. You can’t argue when a young woman makes a decision to concentrate on her academic goals.”
— Compiled from area press release