Forward Broback quits team

Star Minnesota women’s basketball forward Jamie Broback left the program because of “personal reasons,” coach Pam Borton announced in a statement released Monday.

Broback, who just completed her junior season with the Gophers, was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder this year, averaging 13.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She was honored as a second-team All-Big Ten selection.

Broback took a preseason leave of absence from the team this season, missing the first two regular-season games with what the team called “personal reasons.” When she returned, Broback came off the bench for the first four games before assuming her starting role.

In Minnesota’s first round NCAA Tournament loss to Washington in March, Broback sat out most of the second half in a 73-69 loss, but was neither in foul trouble nor injured.

“We obviously want the best for Jamie,” Borton said Monday in a statement. “We will continue to support Jamie’s academic pursuits and wish her the best of luck.”