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April 3, 2014

Laramie to transfer from ISU women's basketball program

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State forward Marina Laramie averaged 9.9 points and started all 32 games as a sophomore for the Sycamores.

But the 6-foot-2 women’s basketball player will continue her career elsewhere.

Associate head coach Joey Wells said the coaching staff was surprised by her decision. Laramie informed them she wanted to move to a school on the east coast or west coast, Wells said.

ISU head coach Teri Moren could not be reached for comment Thursday. Moren will be in Nashville today as one of the panel speakers at the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Convention. Moren will be on a panel to discuss “Fundraising and Booster Club 101.”

Laramie, who did not return an e-mail seeking comment, leaves ISU without its top three returning scorers from this year’s 20-12 team. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (14.2 ppg) and Anna Munn (12.2 ppg) will graduate.

Six-foot-3 center Kelsey Dirks, a Robinson, Ill., native and transfer from Murray State, will be eligible and should earn a good share of minutes in the post along with Chelsea Small, who averaged 6.2 points and hit 17 3-pointers.

Rhagen Smith, who saw action in 27 games, could also benefit.

ISU sophomore Kasey Johnson will also leave the program. The guard will pursue pharmarcy school in Cincinnati, where her fiancee has accepted a job upon his graduation from Rose-Hulman, Wells said.

Johnson averaged just 1.7 points and shot 24.8 percent from the field in an average of 10.8 minutes in 26 games.

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