Freshman guard Tiffanie Shives of the Spartan womenâ€™s basketball team has decided to leave Michigan State and play collegiate basketball somewhere else.
"It is with mixed emotions that Iâ€™m leaving the Michigan State women's basketball program. This past season has been one of growth for me as a person. I will miss very much the area, my friends and family that have been so good to me throughout the years." said Shives. "I want to take this opportunity to thank Coach P and the rest of the coaching staff, my teammates, the academic support staff, and strength coach for their support. I wish them the best of luck and continued success. I feel that a fresh start is my best option. Iâ€™m excited for the opportunities that I have to improve and I look forward to getting back to the game that I love so very much.â€
Reasons for leaving the program have not been brought to the forefront. Shives played in 26 games this season and averaged 9.1 minutes per game. She scored an average of 1.8 points a game and grabbed 1.1 rebounds a game. The 5-10 guard graduated from Lansing Christian and was named to the McDonaldâ€™s All-American Team in 2005.
â€œTiffanie has decided she would be better suited to utilize her talents at another program,â€ said MSU head coach Joanne P. McCallie. â€œAlthough Iâ€™m disappointed to see her leave the Spartan family, Iâ€™m very proud of her and I wish her the best of luck in her career, both academically and on the court. She is a player with a lot of potential, and Iâ€™m sorry to see that it didnâ€™t work out for her at Michigan State. I hope she finds great success at her next destination.â€
It is unfortunate that Spartan Nation has to lose such a talented young lady. Tiffanie has not decided where she is going to go, but we all wish her the best in all she does.