Sydney Gooch, a former Franklin-Simpson standout, has transferred from NCAA D1 Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn., to Campbellsville University, according to a press release from CU athletics.
Gooch, the release said, spent three years at AP. She is eligible to play immediately at Campbellsville since it is an NAIA school.
The 5-foot-10 Gooch played in 89 games at Austin Peay, averaging a little more than 14 minutes a game, the release said. In 2016-17, Gooch averaged almost four points and three rebounds per game. She finished with a season-high of 13 points twice vs. St. Bonaventure and Belmont. Against St. Bonaventure, Gooch nailed three 3-point baskets and finished 5-of-11 from the floor.
In her sophomore season, Gooch finished second on the team with 23 blocks and posted a double-double against Morehead State with 14 points and 12 rebounds, the release said. She averaged six points and a team-leading six rebounds per game in 2015-16.
“Sydney gives us depth and athleticism at the five-spot. We feel like she is a perfect fit for our team. We are extremely excited about the group we have coming back and think Sydney will be a great addition,” said Coach Ginger Colvin, who recruited Gooch out of high school.
Gooch led Franklin-Simpson as a senior with 13.8 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game and was named to the All-Region 4 First Team and All-Tournament teams by the Kentucky Basketball Coaches Association, the release said. She was subsequently selected to play in the KABC East/West All-Star game.
“I liked the campus and the team. It felt like a good fit for me to finish out my last season,” said Gooch. “I have already known some of the girls and played ball with a couple of them. The coaching staff is very friendly and they seemed like they really care about their players.”