University of Vermont junior Kristine Lalonde decided to leave the women's basketball program and will not return next season.
"Kristine has been a great teammate and very coachable, but expressed an interest in finishing up her university experience in Canada, closer to home," said UVM women's head Coach Lori Gear McBride. "She suffered two injuries this season that sidelined her for a significant period of time and limited her effectiveness. Due to the number of games she played, she was not able to apply for a medical redshirt. Returning to Canada will allow here to play two more seasons of basketball, instead of just one here at Vermont.
Lalonde, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, was a two-year starter for the Catamounts. As a sophomore she averaged 3.0 points per game and 3.5 assists per game while starting 25 of the 30 games in 2010-11. As a junior, Lalonde averaged 2.6 points per game and ranked among the America East leaders in assists for the second straight season, averaging 3.0 helpers per contest.
Lalonde was hampered by two different shoulder injuries this year, which caused her to miss six games. She started 16 of the 24 games she saw action in this past season. In her three seasons at UVM, Lalonde won an America East title, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and was a amember of the team that posted UVM's first ever NCAA victory in 2009-2010.
"First, I want to thank the staff and my teammates for their support through a challenging season this past year," said Lalonde. "I also want to thank the fans for their continued support of the team. I have taken into account the advice of my family, friends and coaches, and feel the decision to leave Vermont is in my best interest at this time. I wish everyone involved in the UVM program nothing but the best in the future."