Brittany Shine will play for Cal after sitting out the 2012-13 season.

Former Sac High standout Shine transfers to Cal

Published: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Brittany Shine, The Bee's 2010 Girls Basketball Player of the Year, has accepted a scholarship to Cal, completing her transfer from Florida.

Shine, a 5-foot-7 combo guard from Sacramento High School, played two seasons with the Gators. She said she enjoyed the experience but missed the West Coast and her family.

Under NCAA Division I transfer rules, Shine must sit out one season.

"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."

Shine said she has no regrets about initially going to Florida.

"I went across the country, branched out and gave it a shot," Shine said. "Florida was fun. I learned, matured."

A communications major, Shine said she is especially excited that her family will be able to see her play.

She also is looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Pacific-12 Conference. Stanford is Cal's top rival and a program used to making the Final Four. Stanford's roster includes 2009 Bee Player of the Year Sara James of Oak Ridge, Shine's friend.

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