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Duke women's basketball forward Madison Treece transfers after fall semester

Madison Treece's role diminished as a sophomore, only playing 17 minutes and scoring a single point so far this season.
Madison Treece's role diminished as a sophomore, only playing 17 minutes and scoring a single point so far this season.

When the Blue Devils take the floor Thursday night against Oregon State, head coach Joanne P. McCallie will be without Madison Treece.

The sophomore forward decided to transfer after the fall semester to a different Division I school for the start of the spring semester. She left Duke in good academic standing.

“We support Madison and her decision,” McCallie in a press release Monday. “It was a pleasure to know her and to coach her. We wish her the very best for her career.”

Last season, Treece appeared in 17 contests and averaged 5.5 minutes per game. On the season, she scored 17 points and registered 16 rebounds, including six from the offensive end.

This season, the 6-foot-4 forward appeared in four games—Northwestern, Elon, Wisconsin and UNLV—and knocked down one of her two free throws for her only point. Against Elon in Duke’s home opener, Treece brought down four offensive rebounds.

Out of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo., Treece was ranked No. 22 in her class by the All Star Girls Report and No. 81 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz rankings, which listed her as the ninth-ranked post player.

Before committing to Duke, Treece gave a verbal commitment to Kentucky. Her sister, McKenna Treece, played at Oklahoma. Treece will have to sit out the spring slate as well as the fall semester at her new school due to NCAA transfer regulations before becoming eligible in December 2019, when she will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Treece is the first player to transfer away from Duke since Crystal Primm left for Auburn after the 2016-17 season and the seventh Blue Devil to transfer since 2013.

Duke signed three players for the Class of 2019 last month in Azana Baines, Jennifer Ezeh and Jaida Patrick. Baines is a 6-foot-1 guard, Ezeh is listed as a 6-foot-3 forward and the 5-foot-11 Patrick is listed as a guard/forward.

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