Cyclones lose two to transfer portal
AMES — The Iowa State women’s basketball team has lost a second player to the transfer portal in as many days.
Madison Wise, a senior guard, announced through social media that she was leaving the Cyclones one day after freshman guard Kylie Feuerbach did the same.
Wise, a 6-foot-1 guard from Greenfield, Ind., averaged 6.4 points per game over her four-year career at Iowa State. She said she intended to transfer closer to home to continue her basketball career while also pursuing her master’s degree.
“Thank you Cyclone Nation for the most remarkable four years!” Wise wrote in her Instagram post. “Getting to wear the Cyclone jersey alongside (sic) of the greatest teammates has been an honor. I am forever grateful to coach (Bill) Fennelly and his staff for giving me the opportunity to be a Cyclone. I can’t put into words how incredible these last four years have been.”
Wise’s nephew Levi, who was born prematurely to her sister Kristen Ginder, died 10 days before the Cyclones faced Michigan State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
“As many of you know, these past few months have been very emotional for my family in me,” Wise wrote. “I have faith that God will continue to provide strength to make it through this difficult time, but feel like I need to be closer to them.”
“I am grateful that I have the option to play an extra year and excited to go back home, but will forever consider Ames, Iowa my home away from home.”
Feuerbach, a 6-foot guard from Sycamore, Ill., started in 22 of 26 games this season and averaged 5.7 points for the Cyclones.
“I wish Iowa State Women’s Basketball the very best, and I will always be extremely proud that I once wore the cardinal red and gold,” Feuerbach wrote. “Having the opportunity to represent Cyclone Nation has been such an honor and I will never forget it.”