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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3:31 p.m.

Erica Chandler transfers to Pepperdine

Then-freshman Erica Chandler watches the action from the bench in GW's game against Temple last season. | Hatchet File Photo

Former women’s basketball player Erica Chandler will play for Pepperdine University, following her dismissal from the Colonials last season.

Though Chandler has yet to be added to the team’s official roster, which hasn’t been updated online since last season, Pepperdine athletics communications spokeswoman Rachel Carson confirmed her transfer. Carson declined to comment on Chandler’s eligibility.

Under NCAA rules, a student-athlete who transfers between institutions must sit out for a season before taking the court with a new team. For Chandler, who didn’t compete with the Colonials last season and was dismissed halfway through the year, that would mean two years in a row without competition. The NCAA did not immediately return a request for comment on Chandler’s eligibility and whether she is petitioning to be allowed to take the court for Pepperdine immediately.

Chandler never took the court with the Colonials last season, after being suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. She played 47 minutes in nine games her freshman season, averaging 0.9 points and 0.9 rebounds. At the time of her official dismissal from the program, athletics communications declined to provide any further information on the grounds or circumstances surrounding Chandler’s departure.

A Chandler family representative later contacted The Hatchet to stress that her departure from the program was due to “time management issues,” not a larger disciplinary problem. The representative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not an official spokesperson, added that Chandler planned on returning to a basketball program.

“She does intend on being back on the court in the near future, playing the game she loves,” the representative said in February. “Wherever her future takes her. Right now, she’s open and she will be working in the off-season with a professional trainer. She is open at this point as to whether she’s going to remain at GW or move on and play for a different university. That is still to be decided as of yet.”