Kyra Elzy's program was on top of the world in mid-March. The Wildcats were in the midst of a 10-game winning streak and coming off one of the most improbable SEC tournament runs in SEC history. Since then, Kentucky has hit a few bumps in the road starting with their round of 64 loss to 11-seed Princeton. Less than a week after the early exit, the Wildcats are already being hit with a heavy amount of roster turnover.
It is being reported that key contributors Jazmine Massengill, Treasure Hunt, and Dre'Una Edwards have all entered the transfer portal. In today's world of college basketball, the mass exodus of players after any given season is a trend that the whole country has had to get used to. With that said, this news did come as somewhat of a surprise when it comes to Edwards.
After some disciplinary issues in non-conference play and the early SEC schedule, Edwards was able to stay on the court consistently and thrive in a sixth man role as she provided a spark to a team that was rather thin in depth. Dre began to shine alongside Rhyne Howard and it all culminated with her game-winning three in the SEC championship game.
The news of Massengill and Hunt transferring is a little less of a surprise. Even though both were consistent starters throughout the season, it is fair to say that neither lived up to their full potential. With that said, Massengill was the clear leader of Kentucky's offense as she was the one setting up most of the Wildcats' halfcourt sets. Also, Treasure Hunt was a reliable spot up shooter despite some of her short comings in other aspects.
Losing Dre'Una Edwards to the transfer portal and Rhyne Howard to graduation are two huge blows to Kentucky's women's program. This duo willed the Wildcats to a 6-seed in the NCAA tournament after starting the season at 9-11.
If Kyra Elzy wants to keep the momentum she built for the program, her and the staff will have to hit the transfer portal hard to find the next Kentucky greats.