Kansas State women’s basketball player Sarah Bates announced Friday she will continue her career elsewhere.
A 5-foot-9 guard, Bates announced her intentions to transfer in a message posted on her personal Twitter account.
“After a lot of prayers (and) listening to what God has in store for me ... I’ve decided to find my new home,” Bates wrote. “With that being said, thank you to my Kansas State Family for all the support (and) love I’ve been shown this past year. I’m excited for what my future holds!”
The announcement came one year to the day that the women’s basketball program revealed that Bates joined the program as a transfer from UC Santa Barbara. She sat out last season in order to satisfy the NCAA’s transfer rules.
Expected to play significant minutes and potentially challenge for a starting spot in the 2019-20 campaign, Bates was an efficient scorer as a freshman at UC Santa Barbara. She averaged 10.9 points per contest over 29 games, which ranked 14th in the Big West Conference. She shot 61-of-148 from beyond the 3-point arc (41.2%); her total 3-point makes were a team high and fourth most in the conference, while her percentage ranked eighth nationally among freshmen that season.
While Bates didn’t play as a sophomore, she still held an important role as a supportive teammate. Prior to every women’s game at Bramlage Coliseum last season, Bates met every starter with a personalized handshake routine after the teammate was introduced to the crowd.
She looked forward to playing a larger on-court role next season.
“I want to be able to work on it and make sure that, when I come in here, no one can stop us as a team,” Bates told The Mercury earlier this year. “It’s going to be worth it.”
Now, that work will have to pay dividends elsewhere.