Alasia Smith didn’t envision herself entering the transfer portal and leaving Gardner-Webb.

After all, the former Science Hill High School star had three great years at the North Carolina university, especially last season, when the Bulldogs went undefeated in both the Big South Conference regular-season and tournament. They had a 21-game winning streak heading into the NCAA tournament before a first-round loss to Utah.

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Jeff Birchfield is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press with a lifelong passion for motorsports. The father of two attended ETSU and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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