The former Bee Basketball Player of the Year out of Sacramento High School who played her first two collegiate seasons at Florida announced Monday evening the news that she has accepted a scholarship to Cal, making her transfer to the Pacific-12 Conference official. Shine also considered Washington and UNLV, among others.
A 5-foot-7 combo guard with myriad skills and just as much personality, Shine said she enjoyed her experiences at Florida but longed to be near home. She said she is especially excited to be able to compete in front of her mother, Shelia Haney, father Brian Shine, aunt Karin Shine and grandparents Rosa and Henry Haney and scores of other family, friends and former teammates and coaches such as Michele Massari, her Sac High coach.
"It's a positive move from Florida,and I just felt like I was really missing home and ready for a change," Shine said by phone. "Cal is the perfect place for me. It's a great school and I can play in front of my family. I went across the country, to Florida, branched out and gave a shot. Florida was fun. I learned, matured."
Shine said the only downer about the move to Berkeley is she will have to sit out a year, per NCAA Division I transfer rules.
"That'll be tough because I love to play but I'll work on my three-point shot, get quicker," said Shine, a communications major.
- By Joe Davidson
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