Cal Women's Basketball: McKenzie Forbes Plans to Transfer From Cal

Jake Curtis

McKenzie Forbes, who was expected to be one of Cal’s top players this coming season as a sophomore, has asked for her release from Cal with the intention of exploring other options.

Forbes made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday, and it seems clear that the reason she is leaving is because Lindsay Gottlieb will no longer be Cal’s head coach.

Gottlieb left Cal last week to acccept a job with the Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant coach.

It is still possible that Forbes will decide to stay at Cal once the new head coach is named.

Forbes presumed departure would leave very little talent for the next Bears head coach.

Forbes, was a high school McDonald’s All-American and was the sixth man on Cal’s 2018-19 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Forbes did not start any games and averaged 5.3 points last season. She made 36.6 percent of her three-point shots and her contributions rose toward the end of the season.

Cal’s top three scorers from last season – Kristine Anigwe, Asha Thomas and Recee Caldwell – all were seniors this past season, and a fourth starter – Kianna Smth – announced some time ago that she planned to transfer.