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Iowa State junior Jadda Buckley attempts a free throw during the fourth quarter against Kansas State. Buckley would score 9 points in the loss in the Big 12 tournament.

Redshirt junior Jadda Buckley has chosen to forgo her last season of eligibility and end her collegiate basketball career, Iowa State announced Saturday. 

Buckley finished her career sixth in assists in school history with 456 and is 20th in school history in scoring, with 1,196 points.

This past season, Buckley has put up the best numbers of her career, averaging 13.9 points and 4.8 assists per game.

“I would like to thank Cyclone Nation for all of the support over the last four years,” Buckley said in a statement. “I have decided to start a new chapter in 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 announcement comes just hours after the Cyclones suffered a 20-point defeat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Buckley scored 11 points and dished out three assists in the game against Syracuse.

In her career at Iowa State, Buckley averaged 11.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

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

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