The exodus from the Illinois women's basketball program continued this week with two players transferring out of the program. But the biggest hit came Friday with news that Second-Team All-Big Ten center Chatrice White will leave the program.
"We granted Chatrice White a release from the women's basketball program earlier this week, and we wish her all the best in the future," coach Matt Bollant said in a statement.
White, a Nebraska native and McDonald's All-American in 2014, led the Illini with 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season. Fellow Nebraska native Brooke Kissinger, who averaged 6.8 points as a sophomore, is transferring to Creighton.
Bollant came to Illinois with a 148-19 overall record over five seasons at Wisconsin-Green Bay but is 52-72 overall in four seasons at Illinois, including 19-47 during Big Ten play.
The two latest transfers continue a disturbing trend that started last season when Illinois lost several key players, most Bollant recurits, following allegations of player mistreatment and racism. An independent investigation determined those allegations unfounded, but Illinois parted ways with assistant Mike Divilbiss.
This week, Illinois also announced that it reached a $375,000 settlement to be paid out to the seven former Illini women's basketball players who filed suit against the program., including two key players Jacqui Grant and Amarah Coleman -- both Bollant recruits who transferred to DePaul last spring.null