The University of Louisville women’s basketball team suffered a big loss today with Hailey Van Lith deciding to enter the transfer portal. She will be a graduate transfer as she has received her undergraduate degree from UofL. This was first reported by both On3’s Jamie Shaw and WDRB’s Eric Crawford.
Louisville guard Hailey Van Lith has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per @JamieShaw5.
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— On3 (@On3sports) April 8, 2023
CRAWFORD | Louisville's Hailey Van Lith is entering the transfer portal https://t.co/KnLemEKazC pic.twitter.com/Uxzs1ZM2bw
— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) April 8, 2023
Van Lith came to Louisville as heralded as any recruit in program history, and she’s lived up to and even surpassed most of the expectations fans and media members had for her. The former 5 Star guard out of Wenatchee, Washington started 101 games for Louisville during her 3-year career. She averaged 15.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, and 1.3 spg throughout her career. Statistically, her best season was this past season averaging 19.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, and 3.2 apg.
Hailey led Louisville to the Elite Eight and one Final Four in her 3 years as a Cardinal. The former McDonald’s All-American has been named to numerous preseason conference and national award lists and teams. She also earned postseason accolades as well. Among them, she was named to the All-ACC First Team twice (2022 & 2023) and was named the NCAA Wichita Region Most Outstanding Player (2022). She has also won multiple Team USA medals while at Louisville.
Van Lith also issued this statement via her Instagram:
Van Lith finished up her Louisville career with 1,553 points (12th all-time), 444 rebounds, 257 assists, 132 steals, 22 blocks, and countless memories. Wherever she goes, she will bring talent, passion, and a winning mentality.
Thank you HVL!!!
Below, you read UofL’s press release that includes a statement from Coach Jeff Walz:
Press Release From Louisville Athletics:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Junior guard Hailey Van Lith has decided to forego her final year of eligibility at Louisville, after receiving her degree in finance from the university in May. Van Lith played in 101 games with the Cardinals and finished 12th all-time in scoring with 1,553 career points.
“We thank Hailey for her contributions to this program, this school and this community,” said Head Coach Jeff Walz. “She has done everything we have asked of her over the past three years, and we wish her the very best in her final collegiate season and beyond.”