The IU women’s basketball team will only have one Indiana Miss Basketball on the roster in 2019-20.
The Hoosiers announced on Sunday that Bedford’s Jorie Allen, the state’s 2019 Miss Basketball, will transfer, leaving only 2015 Miss Basketball Ali Patberg.
Allen played in all 32 games for IU as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game.
“I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Moren and staff have given me, but I believe it is in my best interest to pursue other athletic and academic opportunities,” Allen said via text message. ” I wish the IU staff nothing but the best, I wish my former teammates all the success in the world and I would like to thank the fans for all the support they’ve shown me this past season.”
Allen averaged 18.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in her senior year at Bedford North Lawrence en route to being named a second-team All-USA Today selection. She was rated the No. 52 prospect nationally by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Allen is the second member of last year’s Indiana All-Star team to leave the program, joining Warren Central point guard Shaila Beeler, who it was announced on Jan. 31 would transfer. Fellow All-Star Hannah Noveroske remains with the program.
“Jorie and I have spoken and we agree that it’s in her best interest to leave Indiana,” IU coach Teri Moren said in a release. “We wish her much success moving forward and thank her for her contributions to our program.”
Less than two weeks ago, Moren expressed optimism for what Allen could do while acknowledging that there was some disappointment in the amount of playing time.
“I think Jorie was a terrific teammate, and she did have some frustration in wanting to play more minutes, but I love that,” Moren told The Herald-Times. “I want our kids to want to play, to have an impact. It was difficult for her to play and log the type of minutes she wanted. To get the minutes she did as a freshman, there are McDonald’s All-Americans who don’t get the minutes she got as a freshman.
“I hope there are many parts to Jorie’s game that continue to improve. She’s a stretch four, so her outside shooting has to be better. It’s not just about shooting but it comes back to who can you guard, so she has to work on her footwork, her mobility, her versatility. She has to improve over the summer, but you look at a Grace Berger and the transformation she made (last summer).”