TCU guard Kamy Cole to transfer to SMU

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The TCU women’s basketball team announced Wednesday that rising sophomore guard Kamy Cole would transfer out of the Horned Frogs’ program.

Not long after, it was confirmed that she wouldn’t move far.

Cole will play for the SMU Mustangs after a season on the sideline in Moody Coliseum to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

“It was just a personal decision, and I feel like I’d be better off at a different place,” Cole said in a text message.

Cole finished third on TCU’s scoring chart as a freshman, averaging 9.8 points per game. She was one of the Horned Frogs’ top defensive players, either on the perimeter or on the block of coach Jeff Mittie’s 2-3 defense.

Cole follows in the footsteps of her sister Kenzie, who graduated from SMU in 2007 and who spent her freshman season at Oklahoma State.

Coming out of Brock High School, Cole had narrowed her choices to TCU and SMU. She went back to SMU when she realized she needed a change of pace, she said.

“[SMU is] an excellent academic school as well,” Cole said. “I wanted to stay in the DFW area and still be able to have a high-quality education.”

Cole began her college career with a bang, posting a team-high 22 points against Charlotte. Her career high came a month later against Texas A&M Corpus Christi when she scored 23, shooting 6 for 11 on 3-pointers.

Cole finished second on the team in 3-point accuracy (32.2 percent) for players with at least 10 attempts.

Cole’s points per game average would have placed her fourth on SMU’s squad behind a graduating senior and two juniors. SMU finished the 2012-2013 season with a 21-10 record, 12-4 in Conference USA and lost 76-70 in the opening round of the Women’s NIT to Bowling Green. SMU lost to TCU last season 76-70 in Fort Worth.

Cole was a three-time state tournament MVP for four-time state champion Brock.

“We wish Kamy the best in her future endeavors,” Mittie said in a statement released by TCU Athletics, who declined any further comment on the issue per school policy on transfers.

Cole echoed the sentiment, thanking TCU for the year she spent in purple and white.

“While my decision to transfer may be seen as negative towards the TCU women’s basketball program, it shouldn’t be taken that way,” Cole said. “I have nothing but respect for coach Mittie, his staff, Chris Del Conte and the entire TCU athletic program.”

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