MISSOULA — Freshman guard Katie Mayhue might be leaving the Montana Lady Griz basketball team. UM confirmed the Albany, Ore. native has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Mayhue played in 17 games as a true freshman at Montana, starting in eight. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. She scored a season-high 17 points twice — at Arizona and at Sacramento State.
Mayhue damaged a tendon in her foot in January. She tried to continue playing through the injury but last took the floor at Montana State on Feb. 2. She sat our the rest of the year, one of four Lady Griz players to suffer season-ending injuries.
Mayhue was a highly rated recruit out of South Albany High School. She originally committed to Oregon State’s nationally ranked program but changed her commitment to Montana late in the process.
The NCAA created the Transfer Portal last year to allow student-athletes to search for a transfer with fewer restrictions. Schools can no longer block an athlete from searching for a transfer. Once a player announces their intention to enter the process, the school must place their name on the national Transfer Portal database. Then coaches around the country can start contacting the student-athlete to recruit them to their school.
The decision continues a trend for the Lady Griz program. Four players left the team after last season. Mayhue is the first player to announce her intentions to leave this year.