Ohio State entered the women's basketball offseason thinking it would need to replace just one starter, graduating senior forward Shayla Cooper.

On Wednesday, the program learned that number has grown to three.

Ohio State announced that freshman forward Tori McCoy and freshman guard Kiara Lewis, both of whom started the latter half of the season, intend to transfer.

McCoy, a 6-foot-4 forward out of Champaign, Illinois, was one of the top recruits nationally in the class of 2016. She averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds during her freshman season, appearing in 35 games and starting 10 as Stephanie Mavunga recovered from a foot injury.

Lewis, a 5-8 guard from Chicago, likewise played in all 35 games this season, starting 15. She averaged 6.7 points.

Their loss is considered a surprise for Ohio State, which does not have a commit in the class of 2017 in anticipation of losing just one scholarship player in Cooper.

Ohio State went 28-7 during the 2016-17 season, reaching the Sweet 16 for the second straight season before losing to Notre Dame.

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