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IU Women’s Basketball Guard Ali Patberg Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility

Indiana women’s basketball got some late fireworks on Friday as an already deep and talented roster got deeper for the 2020-21 season.

Guard Ali Patberg has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

An All-Big Ten Second team honoree in 2018-19, Patberg will now be eligible to suit up for IU through the 2020-21 season, marking what will be her third season with the Hoosiers.

Patberg hails from Columbus, Ind. and transferred to IU from Notre Dame in 2017.

The 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball missed her freshman season in South Bend with a knee injury and played in 22 games as a sophomore (2016-17), averaging .8 points per contest.

After sitting out the 2017-18 season under the NCAA’s transfer rules, Patberg was an immediate hit in Bloomington.

The former McDonald’s All-American led Indiana in scoring last season with 15.8 points per game and a team-high 4.8 assists per contest to help lead the Hoosiers to the NCAA Tournament Second Round and a 21-13 overall record.

Patberg scored in double figures in 25 games and was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll three times.

The 5-foot-11 guard majors in Finance and was named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree last season.

Patberg was highly-recruited out of Columbus North, where she became the schools all-time leading scorer.  She led North to the Class 4A state championship as a senior, averaging 25.9 points per game.

She became the first Indiana Miss Basketball to play for the Hoosiers since 1987 winner Lori Meinerding, and will be joined by 2019 winner Jorie Allen.

Patberg was also the first ever McDonald’s All-American to join the IU women’s program.

She blazed a path for former Notre Dame McDonald’s All-Americans to Bloomington.  The Hoosiers will also have former Irish forward Danielle Patterson on the 2020-21 roster after she sits out the upcoming season.


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