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      USC's Bone leaving program after one year

      Kelsey Bone scored 14 points a game and led the SEC with 9.2 rebounds a game in 2009-10 season. She is transferring from USC.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Southeastern Conference's newcomer of the year is leaving South Carolina.

      The school announced Wednesday that freshman Kelsey Bone has decided to transfer. An athletics spokeswoman said Bone is still enrolled in the university but decided it was in her best interest to leave and doesn't plan to talk to reporters.

      Bone has not said where she is transferring.

      "Kelsey made a significant impact on our program this season, and we regret that she feels it is in her best interest to leave," said head coach Dawn Staley. "We are a program that is constantly focused on doing what is best for our players, and we support Kelsey in her decision and wish her the best."

      Bone scored 14 points a game this season and led the SEC with 9.2 rebounds a game. She became the first Gamecock named SEC newcomer of the year by The Associated Press. The 6-foot-5 McDonald's All-American from Sugar Land, Texas, surprised many when she committed to a team that went 10-18 in coach Dawn Staley's debut season.

      South Carolina was 14-15 this season, but won five more games in the SEC and Staley expects more growth in the future.

      "I am confident that our program will continue to grow in her absence as we constantly strive to bring quality players and people into the Gamecock family, beginning with the outstanding group of players committed to join us next season. "

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)