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Kansas State grants Leticia Romero a transfer release

Kansas State guard Leticia Romero led the team in scoring last season. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte) Kansas State guard Leticia Romero led the team in scoring last season. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

Kansas State has granted the transfer release of guard Leticia Romero a week after the school denied her appeal for a transfer, the school announced Tuesday.

Under the terms of her release, Romero, a native of Las Palmas, Spain, can not transfer to another Big 12 school.

Romero would have to sit out the upcoming season, but would still have three seasons of eligibility remaining. The school cited a new institutional policy as the reason for allowing Romero to transfer.

Just last week, the school said they would not let Romero transfer after an appeals committee said the ruling was "final and binding.”

The school's policy on transfers states that "except for the most compelling of circumstances, which place an undue burden on the student athlete, it is the policy of the department of intercollegiate athletics not to grant a release for the purposes of a transfer or provide the one-time transfer exception."

Romero asked for a release from her scholarship after the Wildcats fired coach Deb Patterson and the coaching staff following an 11-19 season. Romero said that she could not play for new coach Jeff Mittie because of her playing style.

Last season as a freshman, Romero led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists.

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