The Ohio State women's basketball team is set to lose two of its three members from the 2016 recruiting class as forward Tori McCoy and guard Kiara Lewis are transferring out of the program the school announced Wednesday.
McCoy and Lewis, both from the Chicago area, were roommates as freshmen in Columbus and both were key players for the Buckeyes in their rookie years. They combined for 25 starts during the 2016-17 season, each appearing in all 35 games the Buckeyes played.
“Kiara and Tori are both great student-athletes and I wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors,” said Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said in a release.
A McDonalds All-American and top-10 recruit coming out of high school, McCoy started 10 games during the season and was a key component to Ohio State's run in the postseason. Starting the final nine games of the season for an injured Stephanie Mavunga, McCoy averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest in 2016-17 including being named to the All-Freshman Big Ten team.
McCoy played a key role in helping Ohio State advance to its second straight Sweet 16, after she scored 14 points and collected 12 rebounds, converting on a perfect 6 for 6 shots in an 82-68 win over Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Lewis was the 2015-16 Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Illinois as a senior in high school and started 15 games for the Buckeyes during her freshman campaign. She was second on the team in steals with 40 this season and averaged 6.7 points per contest.
The departures of McCoy and Lewis leave just Jensen Caretti as the lone member of Ohio State's 2016 recruiting class, which ranked in the top-10 nationally.
The transfers of McCoy and Lewis are the second and third transfers for Ohio State this season as Theresa Ekhelar left after playing just three games in 2016-17 to join West Virginia. The Buckeyes are now set to have three roster openings with Shayla Cooper set to graduate in the spring.