Iowa State's Jadda Buckley to forgo final season, end basketball career

Mason City native had medical redshirt

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AMES — Hours after the Iowa State women’s basketball team suffered a first round loss to Syracuse in the NCAA tournament, its point guard announced her intentions to end her collegiate career.

Redshirt junior Jadda Buckley will forgo her final season of eligibility and end her playing career, the school announced Saturday. She had 11 points and three assists in the Cyclones’ (18-13) 85-65 loss to the Orange in Storrs, Conn.

“I would like to thank Cyclone Nation for all of the support the last four years,“ Buckley said in a release. “I have decided to start a new chapter of my life beyond basketball. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to play for the Cyclones and in front of the best fan base in the nation.

“I also want to give a huge thanks to my teammates, who are now lifelong friends, for contributing to my success on and off the court. I am also thankful to the Iowa State coaches for the opportunity to play Division I basketball.”

Buckley earned a medical redshirt following her sophomore season. She appeared in nine games in 2014-15, but a stress fracture sidelined her for the remainder of the year.

A Mason City native, Buckley had 1,196 career points and 456 assists. She shot 86.7 percent from the free-throw line during her career and averaged 13.9 points this season.

With Buckley’s departure, freshman Nia Washington will likely take on primary point guard responsibilities next season.

“I understand and support Jadda’s decision to end her playing career,” ISU coach Bill Fennelly said in a release. “Everyone at Iowa State has supported her during her four years at ISU, and Jadda has been a major part of the success on and off the court of Cyclone women’s basketball. We wish her nothing but the best in all she does in life.”

Per Iowa State, it will have no further comment on Buckley’s decision.

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