Sholtes, Sibalich gone from Lady Topper program

A young Western Kentucky women’s basketball team has become a little younger.

Junior guard Ellen Sholtes has been dismissed from the Lady Topper program, WKU confirmed Thursday.

Sholtes started 11 games for the Lady Toppers last season, averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game. The Louisville native scored a career-best 11 points Nov. 25 against Samford, WKU’s first win of the season.

Sholtes’ departure leaves the Lady Toppers with 11 players on the roster. WKU confirmed Wednesday that sophomore walk-on guard Zoe Sibalich has left the program.

Ten players who were on the 2011-12 roster won’t return this fall – five of them graduated seniors, five that chose to leave or were dismissed.

Junior forward Mimi Hill requested her release before new coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s hire March 22, and sophomore forwards Summer Fife and Tyisha Amos were granted transfers in April.

As of now, WKU will have two juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen next season. Junior guard Chaney Means is the only returning upperclassmen.

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