Junior guard Jasmine Crawford leaves Lady Topper basketball program

Western Kentucky Lady Toppers guard Jasmine Crawford (3) goes to the hoop against Texas State Bobcats guard Erin Peoples (35) during their game at E.A. Diddle Arena, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. Texas State beat Western Kentucky 72-63. (Alex Slitz/Daily News)

Western Kentucky Lady Toppers guard Jasmine Crawford (3) goes to the hoop against Texas State Bobcats guard Erin Peoples (35) during their game at E.A. Diddle Arena, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. Texas State beat Western Kentucky 72-63. (Alex Slitz/Daily News)

The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team announced about half an hour after its regularly scheduled news conference Tuesday that junior guard Jasmine Crawford has left the program.

Crawford “will complete the academic school year before pursuing other opportunities,” WKU said in a statement.

The 5-foot-6-inch St. Louis native, who transferred to WKU this year from Chipola College, averaged 1.4 points and 0.5 rebounds in 17 games.

Crawford played double-digit minutes in six of WKU’s first eight games this year. She played more than seven minutes twice in her next nine appearances.

Her last appearance was a three-minute effort Feb. 1 at home against Texas State. She did not make the trip for last week’s road swing to Arkansas-Little Rock or Arkansas State.

Crawford’s departure leaves the Lady Toppers with 13 scholarship players on the roster, including seniors Chaney Means and Bianca McGee.

Women’s teams can carry 15 scholarship players. WKU signed four high school players in the 2014 class in the November early signing period.

WKU hosts Troy at 7 p.m. Wednesday at E.A. Diddle Arena.

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