Nov. 14, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Brittanie Taylor-James, a sophomore swing player on the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team, has decided to leave Gauchos due to personal reasons, head coach Mark French announced Monday.
Taylor-James, a 6'0" native of Evanston, Ill., will finish her fall quarter studies at UCSB and then seek a transfer to another school.
"Our Gaucho family is sad that Brittanie has decided to leave UCSB, and we wish her well in her future endeavors," French said.
As a true freshman in 2004-05, Taylor-James appeared in 22 games, averaging 2.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per tilt with a career-high scoring performance of eight vs. UC Irvine on March 3. She was held scoreless in five minutes of action during Santa Barbara's 74-72 exhibition loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 6.
"I am thankful for the opportunities that I have had here at UCSB. I will greatly miss my Gaucho family, which includes my teammates, coaches, the Fastbreakers, fans and my friends," Taylor-James stated. "I know that I have grown a great deal as both a student and as an athlete. As I move forward, I will build upon all of these lessons that I have learned."
With Taylor-James' departure the Gauchos currently field an 11-player active roster for the 2005-06 season, which begins this Friday, Nov. 18 at 10th-ranked Michigan State, the defending NCAA runner-up. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST.