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Former Syracuse women’s basketball player Emily Engstler transfers to Louisville

Teammate turned conference foe, three-year Syracuse veteran Emily Engstler has transferred to Louisville

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Former Syracuse Orange women’s basketball player Emily Engstler has transferred to Atlantic Coast Conference rival Louisville. Engstler entered the transfer portal on March 26 after three seasons with ‘Cuse.

The ACC Co-Sixth Player of the Year had an impressive 2020-21 season, averaging 10.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.

“I’m grateful to be given a new opportunity during this time in my life,” Engstler said in a press release. “I hope for a new beginning that’s filled with hope and much to celebrate.”

“We are thrilled to add such a talented player and quality person to our roster. Emily is one of the top rebounders and shot blockers in the country,” said Cardinal head coach Jeff Walz. “Emily’s versatility, size and strength will be a huge addition to our team. Her passing, basketball IQ and toughness will be contagious. We are looking forward to getting her on campus and beginning her new journey in a Cardinal uniform.”

The Cardinals went 26-4 this season and advanced to the Elite Eight. Louisville ended the season ranked No. 8 in the AP Top 25 Poll.

The Orange will likely face Engstler and the Cardinals at least once next season, so mark your calendars for that match-up. Syracuse is 7-15 all-time against Louisville and lost to the Cardinals in both meetings this season.

Obviously Engstler is not the only departure for Syracuse this offseason, with more than half of the current roster opting to transfer or go pro. But of the transfers, she was the player that seemed most instrumental in the Orange’s chances of success next year. Not just losing her, but having her play for another team in the conference, is not what you hope for as a fan. Still, it can happen, and likely will more often now that there are no rules against it.