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Alexia Smith becomes sixth from Gophers women’s basketball to enter transfer portal

Sophomore guard Alexia Smith is the sixth Minnesota player this year to enter their name into the NCAA transfer portal.
Image by Ethan Fine
Minnesota guard Alexia Smith dribbles the ball through her leg in a game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday, Jan. 30 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The Gophers won that game 57-55.

Only one day after the leading scorer Sara Scalia entered the transfer portal, sophomore guard Alexia Smith joined her, becoming the sixth Gophers player to do so this season.

Smith, a Columbus, Ohio native came to Minnesota as a five-star prospect and was ranked by ESPN as the No. 46 player in the class of 2020.

As a freshman last season, Smith was thrust into a major role averaging 4.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12 total starts. This season, she was a reserve averaging 3.4 points in only 16.2 minutes per game.

With Smith’s departure, the Gophers only have three players expected to return next season. Katie Borowicz, Alanna Micheaux and Magie Czinano will join the No. 10 ranked recruiting class in the country according to ESPN.

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