ISU’s Buckley to forego last season of eligibility

Jadda Buckley

AMES — After the Iowa State women’s basketball season came to an end at the hands of Syracuse on Saturday, junior Jadda Buckley announced she will forego her senior year of eligibility to pursue other avenues outside.

“I would like to thank Cyclone Nation for all of the support the last four years,” Buckley said. “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.”

The Mason City native will leave ISU ranking 20th in school history with 1,196 points and 456 assists, sixth most ever by a Cyclone. She shot 86.7 percent from the free-throw line in her career.

“I understand and support Jadda’s decision to end her playing career,” said ISU coach Bill Fennelly. “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.”