Local roundup: UConn's Brianna Banks to transfer

Storrs - Coach Geno Auriemma, who guided UConn to its ninth NCAA women's basketball championship last month, announced Tuesday that junior guard Brianna Banks is leaving the program.

"Brianna showed great heart during her time with us, whether it was on the floor or during the rehab process," Auriemma said in a statement released by the university. "I wish Brianna nothing but the best in the future.

Banks, from Newman, Ga., said the decision to transfer was in part to move closer to home.

"I decided to transfer because I feel like I need a fresh start somewhere closer to home," she said. "I really appreciate all that my teammates, coaches, and the university have done for me and I will miss everyone at UConn dearly."

Banks averaged 4.4 points and 1.4 rebonds in 90 games over three seasons, including 7.3 points during her sophomore season in 2012-13 before a knee injury on Feb. 2, 2013 ended her season after just 21 games.

College honors

• Connecticut College senior All-American Michael LeDuc and associate head coach Jim Butler of New London were honored as the New England Male Track Athlete of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year. LeDuc, who will defend his championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Championships later this week at Ohio Wesleyan, won his speciality at the Penn Relays earlier this year in 8:47.84, the third fastest time in Divisin III history. Butler has been the Camels' mid-distance and distance coach for 27 years.

"For Mike, this award recognizes what he's accomplished in his entire career, not just this season," Conn coach Ned Bishop said. "He has not lost a race this spring. This is also a tremendous honor for Jim. The success of our entire men's team was impacted by Jim's experience and knowledge and we are very proud of what he has done to make this program a success."

• Conn freshman Hannah Donegan and junior Tayler Thomas were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region team. Donegan, who was recently named New England Small College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, made the first team while Thomas was named to the second team. Doneghan finished with 20 goals and five assists while Thomas scored 22 goals.

Local golf

• Lake of Isle's Nick Torrance and three Black Hall Club members - Phil Perry, Ron Soccoli Jr. and Bill Hermanson - advanced to the final 36 holes of the 11th Russell C. Palmer Cup at the Country Club of Waterbury. Perry and Torrance each shot 78 and are tied for 24th while Soccoli and Hermanson each shot 79 and are tied for 34th. The leader is Raymond Floyd Jr., who shot a 2-under 67 and will take a two-shot lead into today's final two rounds.

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