The Cal women's basketball team's offseason has evolved into a turbulent stretch, as three players have left the program. Kelsey Adrian, Casey Morris and Angelei Aguirre have all decided to play elsewhere, coach Joanne Boyle confirmed Saturday.

"This is the first time I've really gone through it, to be honest," Boyle said. "It's a different generation, and what they're looking for is different. It's sad. You never want to lose a player, but we've watched other top programs go through it."

Losing Adrian and Morris is a big blow since the two were expected to provide some much-needed experience to help bolster Cal's incoming freshman class. Adrian, a 6-foot-1 forward, played two seasons with the Bears. Though her freshman year was both productive and promising, Adrian struggled for most of the 2008-09 campaign and saw her numbers decline.

Morris, who starred at Piedmont High School, saw action in all 34 games during her freshman season and averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16.8 minutes. She has yet to take any official visits, but said she is considering a handful of teams, including Texas Tech, Louisville, Vanderbilt and Hawaii.

"The fit (at Cal) wasn't right," Morris said. "When I was first recruited, I should have taken more time. I chose it because it was close to home and it was a good school. I had a lot of local support. I just think I should've taken more time."

Aguirre came to Cal as a recruited walk-on and saw limited playing time.


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Boyle said she will not be actively looking for players to fill those spots.

"For us, we just have to balance the classes out," she said. "I'm fine with what we have."

Contact Jennifer Starks at jstarks@bayareanewsgroup.com.