Arkansas women's basketball's leading scorer, former 5-star Taliah Scott enters NCAA transfer portal

Arkansas’ Taliah Scott takes a shot, Sunday Feb. 4, 2024, as Auburn’s Honesty Scott-Grayson defends during the Razorbacks' 74-72 victory at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. (J.T. Wampler/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

FAYETTEVILLE — Taliah Scott, who led the Arkansas women’s basketball team with 22.1 points per game as a freshman in 2023-24, has entered her name in the NCAA transfer portal.

Scott announced her decision on social media, writing, “After lots of thought and consideration, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal. I want to say thank you to the coaches and staff. Also, thank you to the Arkansas fanbase for embracing me and to everyone who has supported me.”

The Orange Park, Fla., native was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team, but missed 11 of the team’s 16 conference games. She missed six games early in the SEC schedule due to a back injury and the team’s final five regular season games and the SEC Tournament due to a “serious family emergency.”

Scott, who was rated a 5-star and the No. 11 overall prospect in the 2023 class by ESPN, chose Arkansas over Ohio State and Vanderbilt, among other schools.

She scored double figures 19 times, including three games with at least 30 points. Scott scored a season-high 34 points in a victory at Arkansas State, 33 points against Auburn and 31 points against Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

She is the second Razorback player to enter the portal, which opened Monday.

Jersey Wolfenbarger, a 5-star in the 2021 class from Fort Smith who stepped away from the program before the 2023-24 season, also entered the portal Monday.

Arkansas is scheduled to play in the Women’s Basketball Invitation Tournament at Tulsa on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.