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Breaking: Jadda Buckley elects to end her Iowa State career

The redshirt junior had one more year of eligibility.

Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Just hours after Iowa State’s 65-85 loss to Syracuse in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the women’s basketball program issued a release stating that Jadda Buckley will not return to the team next season.

The redshirt junior, who averaged over 34 minutes and nearly 14 points per game this season, could’ve played one more year for the Cyclones.

Buckley thanked Cyclone Nation for the support over the last four years and said she “decided to start a new chapter of my life beyond basketball.”

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

The release noted Iowa State will not have further comment on the departure.

Buckley’s choice to end her career means point guard duties next season will likely go to rising sophomore Nia Washington, who averaged eight minutes in 23 games this year.