Pitt guard Kyla Nelson has entered the transfer portal, Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned.
A 5-foot-11 guard from Worthing, England, Nelson just completed her third season at Pitt, though it was an abbreviated one.
Nelson played just four games in the 2019-20 season while dealing with surgery and treatment for cancer of the appendix last fall.
In her three years at Pitt, Nelson established herself as a 3-point shooting specialist, leading the Panthers from beyond the arc with a 40.4% shooting mark as a sophomore in 2018-19. She averaged six points per game in that season and was slated to be Pitt’s third-leading returning scorer before her cancer diagnosis interrupted her junior year.
Nelson ended up playing in just four games from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2 before sitting out for the remainder of the season. Her return on Dec. 17 was celebrated as ESPN broadcaster Holly Rowe, who is also a cancer survivor, met with Rowe before the game.
“It’s hard to put things into words but like I said, it’s just been great being back with the team and I want to be a part of that and help coach and help the team in any way I can,” Nelson said after her first game back.
Nelson is the first unexpected departure from the 2019-20 Panthers team that finished 5-26 overall and 1-17 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. She’ll join senior Aysia Bugg as expected departures for the Panthers.
Guard Alayna Gribble, who did not play in 2019-20 after taking a medical exemption, has also announced that she will transfer from Pitt to St. Joseph’s to resume her playing career.