Following a report in The Capital Times Wednesday, Wisconsin women's basketball coach Lisa Stone confirmed in a statement released later Wednesday afternoon that two players will not return to her team next season.
Freshman Kandace Evans, a native of Southfield, Mich., is leaving the women's basketball program, but the 5-foot-7 guard will retain her athletic scholarship if she elects to stay at Wisconsin. The only recruit to join the team last fall, Evans averaged 12.3 minutes per game and saw action in 24 of 27 games. She averaged 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Evans has three years of eligibility remaining if she transfers.
The newspaper cited an anonymous source as saying that Evans was asked to leave the team. Stone's statement did not address on what terms Evans left the program.
Evans spent most of the season as Wisconsin's top reserve point guard, but her playing time slipped as the season progressed and she was suspended for the Badgers' game at Penn State Feb. 19 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. She was then benched for two more games, but played in the Big Ten Tournament to close out the season.
Erin Olson, a sophomore walk-on from Waukesha, Wis., ended her college basketball career in order to focus on her academic pursuits in special education. Olson had her first career start in the 2004 season finale against Indiana, scoring a career-high four points in 28 minutes. In 15 games, Olson scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds. An Academic All-Big Ten honoree, she averaged 4.9 minutes per game.
"We wish Kandace and Erin well in all their future endeavors," Stone said. "Each has contributed to the best of their abilities to our program, and our staff is appreciative of those efforts."
Stone, who completed her first season at Wisconsin with a 10-17 overall record, has signed six recruits for the 2004-05 season.
Wisconsin will bring back seven players who played in 2003-04. An eighth letterwinner, guard Shawna Nicols, took a medical redshirt last season due to repeat head injuries that will likely keep her from returning to the hardwood.