canada africa partner reservation Arkansas guard Samara Spencer is committing to the Lady Vols from the transfer portal

Arkansas guard Samara Spencer is committing to the Lady Vols from the transfer portal

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Arkansas guard Samara Spencer has committed to Lady Vols basketball through the transfer portal, she announced Sunday.

Spencer, the 2022 SEC Freshman of the Year, is a big addition for Tennessee coach Kim Caldwell. The senior guard averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season. She shot 30.8% on 149 made three-pointers in her three seasons at Arkansas.

“never personal, just business, that’s how I keep it,” Spencer wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The 6-foot-4 Spencer ranked in the top 10 in six categories for the 2022-23 season and holds the Arkansas school record for minutes, games started and games played in a season. As a sophomore, her 154 assists ranked No. 7 and her 531 points ranked No. 11 in a single season.

Spencer started all 33 games last season and led the Hogs in assists (115), free throws made (128) and free throw percentage (74%). She scored in double figures in 26 games, including all but one SEC game. Spencer registered more than five assists in nine games and scored more than twenty points in six.

Spencer is the third player to commit to the Lady Vols from the transfer portal since Caldwell was hired on April 7. She joins former Syracuse forward Alyssa Latham and former Miami forward Lazaria Spearman. Tennessee now has three open scholarships left.

The Lady Vols have lost just one player to the transfer portal since Harper was fired. Rising senior forward Karoline Striplin entered the transfer portal on April 19. The 6-3 forward averaged 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds and started 11 of the 33 games she played this season.

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