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Women's Hoops

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March 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Washington’s Marjorie Heard transferring

Heard2.jpegForward Marjorie Heard will transfer at the end of the school year. The sophomore suffered a season-ending knee injury in in January just as she was starting to play her best basketball of the season.
Heard, a bruising 6-foot post, averaged 5.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 39 games.
McGuff declined to elaborate on the reasoning behind Heard transferring. But the player did make an interesting post on her Twitter account Tuesday that could be telling:
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Feels like I wasn’t even given a chance….was just kicked to the curb. #losing 1 day ago via Twitter for iPad ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

It’s unclear whether the statement and her transferring are related. McGuff preferred to keep the focus on the current team after Wednesday’s 90-71 win in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
He planned to release at statement at the official end of the season.
“She’s going to seek a new opportunity,” he said when pressed in a postgame interview inquiring about Heard’s whereabouts on the bench. “Right now I just want to keep everything focused on our team…We certainly wish her the best and think she’ll be successful wherever she ends up.”


Italian guard Beatrice Carta also didn’t attend the game Wednesday. She’s rehabilitating a knee injury and hasn’t played this season. McGuff said she made plans to return home to Italy prior to UW advancing to the WNIT and couldn’t make other arrangements. Carta is scheduled to join the team next season.
Heard did have trouble finding her groove within McGuff’s system. A former coach Tia Jackson recruit, she averaged 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds as a freshman to become a favorite at Hec Ed. She starred at Glacier Peak High in Snohomish, patterning her game after fellow Snohomish County product Jon Brockman.
When McGuff arrived, Heard played 25 minutes in the first two games of the regular season, then didn’t see that type of extended minutes until an overtime loss in January to Utah at home. She had a pair of blocks late, but a third shot attempt made it through the net and the Utes ran over the Huskies, seniors Regina Rogers and Mackenzie Argens on the bench due to fouls and injury.
Fans began to wonder if Heard was in the doghouse, which McGuff denied. She was ill for a stretch and slow to pick up his defensive concepts in an already crowded frontline rotation. Heard suffered her left knee injury in the Monday practice after the Utah loss.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Former Washington F Marjorie Heard curtsey of the athletic department.

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