LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Center Loretta Kakala will transfer from the University of Louisville to join the University of the Pacific women’s basketball team.

Kakala is a native of Manteca, Calif., which is 15 miles from the campus of the University of the Pacific.

“We spoke with Loretta and her family and they felt that a move closer to home was the best thing for her,” said head coach Jeff Walz. “Loretta dealt with numerous injuries during her time here, but she is a very talented player and an excellent student. We will miss her, wish her nothing but the best going forward and will follow her career at Pacific closely.”

“I’m happy to be moving closer to home, but I’d like to give a huge thank you to Coach Walz, the staff and my teammates for helping me grow as a person over the past year,” said Kakala. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something great and I’d like to wish them the best of luck this season.”

Kakala played in four games as a freshman prior to redshirting. In those four games, she averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds. She finished her freshman year with a 3.3 grade point average and was named to the ACC Honor Roll.

As a senior at Manteca High School, she averaged 15.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and two blocked shots a game and was named a McDonald’s All-American. She was the first McDonald’s All-American in Manteca history.

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Daryl Foust

Lifelong fan of the Louisville Cardinals, been covering the teams since 2012, graduated from c/o 2015, Writer/Contributor for TCZ for Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball & Softball since 2016.

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