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Just two days after the Indiana women’s basketball team saw the 2020-21 season come to an end, the Hoosiers got good news from senior guard Ali Patberg.
The Columbus North grad and 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball announced via social media on Wednesday night that she would return for a seventh college season, taking advantage of the NCAA granting all players an extra year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Her roommate and classmate, Keyanna Warthen, has entered the transfer portal.
“See you next season Hoosiers!” Patberg posted on Instagram and Twitter. “Unfinished business.”
Patberg began her career at Notre Dame, but those first two seasons were limited by injury and illness before she decided to transfer to Indiana. Patberg sat out the 2017-18 season and made her Hoosier debut in 2018-19, averaging 15.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game en route to All-Big Ten second team honors.
As a redshirt junior, Patberg dished out the fourth-most assists in a single season at Indiana on her way to first team All-Big Ten and WBCA honorable mention All-American honors.
Her numbers were down slightly across the board as a sixth-year senior but picked up as the season went on, scoring in double digits in 13 of the final 14 games of the season, including a 14.8 points per game clip during the Hoosiers’ historic NCAA Tournament run to the program’s first Elite Eight. Patberg was named All-Big Ten second team.
Patberg has scored 1,309 career points at IU, which ranks 17th on the Indiana all-time list, just 10 points behind former teammate Jaelynn Penn, who announced her intention to transfer earlier on Wednesday.
Warthen averaged 1.9 points per game during her four-year career at Indiana and became the winningest player in IU history with 89 victories. She appeared in 112 career games, all but one of those coming off the bench.