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Ali Patberg granted sixth year of eligibility

The Hoosier point guard will get to stick around a year longer than previously expected

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Editor’s Note: This article has been edited to show that Patberg transferred from Notre Dame after her sophomore season, rather than her freshman season

Ali Patberg will be in Bloomington for two more seasons.

The redshirt junior guard was granted a sixth year of eligibility, making her eligible to play through the 2020-2021 season, according to an IU press release on Friday.

Patberg transferred to Indiana after her sophomore season at Notre Dame, in which she played in 22 games for the Fighting Irish. She missed her entire freshman season in South Bend with an ACL injury.

Here’s what she tweeted after the news was made official:

The Columbus, Indiana native led the Hoosiers in scoring and assists last year with 15.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. She earned All-Big Ten second team and Academic All-Big Ten honors while leading IU to a 21-win season, including a victory over Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

If she does indeed return for the 2020-21 season, she will join fellow current starting guards Jaelynn Penn and Bendu Yeaney for their senior seasons, giving Teri Moren an experienced and productive trio for the next two seasons.