Just two weeks ago, three members of the Michigan women’s
basketball team — sophomores Niki Reams, Mie Burlin and
Lauren Andrews — asked for and were given permission to leave
the program. Now point guard Rachael Carney, also a sophomore, has
announced her departure from the team.

“Rachael has made the decision not to return to Michigan
women’s basketball, and we respect that decision and wish her
well in future endeavors,” Michigan coach Cheryl Burnett said
in a released statement to The Michigan Daily yesterday.

As a freshman under former coach Sue Guevara, Carney received
the co-Most Improved Award and started 15 of the 27 games she
played in. This season — like Andrews and Burlin —
Carney saw her playing time drop after the arrival of first-year
coach Burnett and her staff. Carney didn’t start this season
and averaged 12.1 minutes per game — down from 16.6 her
freshman year.

Carney could not be reached for comment. She has yet to announce
whether she will transfer to another basketball program next
year.

With Carney gone, just five members of this year’s team
remain and just four recruits have signed letters of intent to join
Michigan’s program next season. But Burnett continues to stay
positive.

“We remain committed to building a solid foundation for
our program and look forward to what the future holds for
women’s basketball at Michigan,” Burnett said in her
released statement.

Burnett refused to comment beyond the released statement.

— Ellen McGarrity

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