Gators Add Cydnee Kinslow

University of Florida women’s basketball coach Cam Newbauer announced the addition of graduate transfer Cydnee Kinslow to the program Friday morning.

Kinslow, a 6-foot-2 forward, joins the Gators after spending her last two seasons at Long Beach State University.

“We are excited to add Cydnee Kinslow to our program! Cydnee is a veteran player whose personality and drive match the make up of our team culture. Her work ethic, skill set and selflessness add value and depth to our roster. When talking with Cyd, we really felt her energy and passion about being a Florida Gator and it was clear to us that she has a strong desire to help us continue to build on the momentum we have going in our program.”

The Oakley, Calif. native started 31 games in her two seasons with the Beach. She brings great rebounding, long distance shooting and depth to the Gators.

“Florida was one of my first calls and they were one of the most energetic. I called my parents afterwards and told them how I really liked Florida. From that day on, they were in contact with me all the time and showed that they really wanted me here in Gainesville,” said Kinslow. “That’s really huge for me in my journey throughout these five years, being in a program where I can grow and be a part of such a positive culture is really exciting. They want us to grow as people as well as grow as athletes. Everything the staff said really blew me out of the water and it was a no brainer from the start where I was going to end up.”

In her two seasons with the Beach, she led the team in rebounding, and in 2019-20 she paced the team in three-pointers made and three-point field goal percentage.

At Illinois, Kinslow appeared in 12 games during the 2017-18 campaign after redshirting in 2016-17.

Playing in over 60 games during her college career, Kinslow provides experience to a Florida unit which led the SEC in games played by underclassmen last season. Among those on UF’s 2020-21 roster, Kinslow is tied with redshirt-senior guard Kiki Smith for most career games played entering the season at 61.

Kinslow is the third transfer and second graduate transfer to join the Florida program this offseason, joining Emily Sullivan (North Carolina) and Yasmeen Chang (Miami). Chang will sit out the 2020-21 season, but both Kinslow and Sullivan are eligible to compete.

Kinslow is pursuing a master’s degree in social media management at UF.

Florida, which netted a seven-win improvement last season and finished with its best record in four years, returns four starters and seven players overall while welcoming six newcomers.

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