Wednesday was a rough day for the Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team. Hours after finding out that junior forward Olivia Fouty would miss the rest of the year recovering from knee surgery; the team announced that senior guard and team workhorse Miranda Tate was dismissed from the team for violating team rules.
In a press release issued late Wednesday afternoon, EMU head coach Tory Verdi made the following statement:
“Miranda Tate has been dismissed from the women’s basketball team due to violating team policy,” Verdi said.
Tate played in each of the team’s 12 games to date this season. In that time, she stood alone in the lead for scoring with 12.9 points per game. She also averaged 27.7 minutes per game and led the team in free throw shooting. She made 27 of her 32 attempts (84.4 percent).
Senior guard Taylor Bird, who started the team’s last game against the University of Mississippi, will likely take over as the starter. Bird has also appeared in all 12 games so far, and started in three of them. She averages 17.8 minutes per game and 4.8 points per game, but these stats will likely increase.
The press release stated the university will make no further comment on this matter.
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