April 15, 2003
Norman, Okla. - - Junior Stephanie Luce has chosen to forgo her senior season as a member of the Oklahoma women's basketball program as announced Tuesday by head coach Sherri Coale. Luce, OU's backup point guard, will graduate with a double major in chemistry and philosophy in December 2003, and plans to pursue career opportunities following graduation rather than complete her basketball eligibility.
"This has been one of the most difficult decisions that I've had to make but I'm thankful that the team and coaches have been extremely supportive," Luce said. "I will cherish the memories that I have shared with the last three teams for the rest of my life. The University of Oklahoma is an outstanding educational and athletic institution. Completing my degrees early allows me to begin a new chapter in my life as I prepare to attend law school."
"Stephanie has been an exemplary student-athlete and substantial contributor to our program in both tangible and intangible ways for the last three seasons," said Coale. "While we are disappointed that she has chosen to forgo her senior season of eligibility we certainly support her decision to graduate early and therefore pursue subsequent academic challenges. Steph's academic performance has been absolutely amazing - completing a double major in chemistry and philosophy in three-and-one-half years while competing in a major sport is truly a remarkable accomplishment. Our entire basketball family wishes Steph well as she pursues her education and professional goals."
Luce was a three-year letterwinner and a member of the 2002 NCAA National runner-up team. The two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection more than doubled her production this past season with per-game averages of 2.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists while playing a career-high 12.7 minutes per game. The Southlake, Texas, native set or matched career best figures in 12 of 14 statistical categories as a junior. She has appeared on the Sooner Scholar and Commissioner's honor rolls each semester at OU and has made four straight appearances on the President's and Dean's Lists with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.