Fourth women’s basketball player enters transfer portal

Redshirt junior guard Gabby Nikitinaite will enter the transfer portal for her final year of eligibility, she said in a tweet Friday.

Nikitinaite is the fourth player to enter the transfer portal since the firing of head coach Jennifer Rizzotti and her coaching staff March 15. Nikitinaite joins redshirt junior forward Neila Luma, freshman center Ali Brigham and freshman forward Caranda Perea as the latest departures from the squad.

In her Twitter statement, Nikitinaite thanked Rizzotti and her staff for her past year as a Colonial. She also thanked former assistant coaches Kevin DeMille, Ganiyat Adeduntan, Bill Sullivan and former Director of Operations Christina Richardson “for being great mentors in my life.”

“I appreciate you all, including my teammates,” Nikitinaite said in her tweet. “I will be entering the portal for my final year of eligibility.”

Nikitinaite did not return a request for comment.

She transferred from Northern Illinois to GW in May of last year after three seasons as a Husky. She averaged eight points a game and converted 31 percent of her three-point attempts to score a total of 700 points throughout her career at NIU.

The United Kingdom native played in 17 games for GW this season, starting in eight matchups. She sat out the first six games of the season per NCAA transfer rules before receiving a mid-season waiver to make her Colonial debut against Davidson Jan. 1.

Nikitinaite finished the season averaging 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 20.7 minutes of action per game. She led the squad with a total of 23 three-point buckets, shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 39.3 percent from the field.

Nikitinaite scored a season high of 22 points against George Mason Feb. 28, sinking 5-of-9 from beyond the arc to tie a career best. In GW’s second round A-10 tournament 58-54 loss to No. 6 Richmond, she shot at a .429 clip for a total of eight points to close out her final game as a Colonial.

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