VU leading scorer Koi Love transfers to Arizona

Just three days after falling one point short of winning a national championship, the Arizona Wildcats have added a top-tier scoring threat for next season.

Former Vanderbilt forward Koi Love announced on Wednesday that she had committed to Arizona. She has three years of eligibility remaining.

Love is the third Vanderbilt starter — along with Chelsie Hall and Autumn Newby — to leave the program under former head coach Stephanie White, who was fired on Tuesday. Overall, nine players transferred from Vanderbilt under White’s watch.

The 6-foot sophomore was Vanderbilt’s leading scorer and ranked 24th in the country in scoring (20.8 points per game), and she led the Commodores in rebounds per game (9.5), steals (20) and total points (166).

Love's sophomore season was cut short after just eight games due to Vanderbilt being unable to field a team to compete due to injuries and COVID-19 issues. She had a breakout freshman campaign, averaging 13.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Love shot 45.2 percent from the floor, 20 percent from 3-point range and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. She was also the first player in school history to win SEC Freshman of the Week awards in back-to-back weeks.

Love would be a welcomed addition to the Wildcats, who lost leading scorer Aari McDonald (20.6 points per game) to the WNBA draft and senior Trinity Baptiste, who averaged 8.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game but won’t return for the extra season allowed by the NCAA.

Arizona does return second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder Cate Reese, who averaged 10.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

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