The West Virginia State women’s basketball program is enduring defections and will have an entirely different look next season.
It all started when West Virginia State assistant coach Megan Withrow turned in her resignation on March 5.
Withrow played collegiately at Division I programs UNC-Wilmington and Marshall. She was also a standout at Nitro High.
The defections continued, going from the coaching staff to the players. On Monday, Sissy Wagner, Asia Greenleaf, Chelsey Davis and Channell Mackey all left the team. State will lose three starters and three of its top four scorers.
With Monday’s defections, that leaves the Yellow Jackets have six players left from last year’s team.
Coach Renee Bostic and Athletic Director Sean Loyd were both reached but declined comment.
Davis, the West Virginia Conference Freshman of the Year last season, was the team’s second-leading scorer at 12.2 points per game before suffering a season-ending knee injury in December.
Greenleaf, a sophomore and former Parkersburg South standout, was the third-leading scorer on the team at 9.8 points and leading rebounder at 7.2 boards per game. Wagner, a freshman and former South Charleston star, was fourth on the team at 9.3 points and was second on the team in assists.
“In the individual meetings, we expressed that we wouldn’t be returning,” Wagner said. “Me and Asia have talked about it a lot and just decided that we didn’t like some of the things that was going on and it wasn’t the best fit for us.
“I love the school and my teammates.