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Virginia Women's Basketball's Sydney Umeri to transfer to Kansas

Another Cavalier prematurely leaves the women's basketball program early.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Notre Dame at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia's starting forward Sydney Umeri will graduate from Virginia this May and then transfer to Kansas, where she'll be eligible to play immediately.

The news was tweeted out by Peach State Basketball's Brandon Clay:

Under NCAA transfer eligibility rules, you do not need to sit out a year if you are enrolling in a graduate program at another university.

Umeri appeared in all 34 games this season, starting in 29 of them. Last year, she was the recipient of the Virginia Athletic Department's ACC Top VI Award, which is presented annually to the six student-athletes who have given the most in terms of service to the University and Charlottesville communities.

This isn't the only premature loss this season for the Hoos. On March 15, prior to the WNIT, head coach Joanne Boyle announced that leading scorer sophomore guard Mikayla Venson was leaving the program.

The Cavaliers finished 18-16 this year, reaching the WNIT Round of 16, but with just a 6-10 ACC record. In five years at Virginia, Boyle has accumulated a 90-72 overall record, 36-46 in the ACC. After replacing legend Debbie Ryan, Boyle has never been able to take Virginia back to the NCAA Tournament.