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Penn State women’s basketball: DeGraaf leaving Lady Lions

Jenny DeGraaf appears to be leaving Penn State according to a report she retweeted on Twitter on Wednesday.
Jenny DeGraaf appears to be leaving Penn State according to a report she retweeted on Twitter on Wednesday. CDT photo

Jenny DeGraaf appears to be leaving the Penn State women’s basketball program.

DeGraaf, who just completed her sophomore season for the Lady Lions, has been granted her release, according to a report by Blue Star Media. DeGraaf retweeted the Blue Star announcement via her Twitter account on Wednesday.

DeGraaf would be eligible to transfer to another Division I school, but will have to sit out a season per NCAA rules. She will have two seasons of eligibility left.

The 6-foot-1 guard/forward played in 29 of the Lady Lions’ 30 games this past season, starting one. She averaged 3.9 points per game as she played a career-high 460 minutes. She was third on the team with nine 3-pointers and averaged 2.3 rebounds per game.

The Springboro, Ohio, native played just 76 minutes in 17 games in her freshman season. She averaged 0.9 points and 0.5 rebounds.

Penn State is bringing in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes this fall. The Lady Lions welcome guards Amari Carter and Teniya Page along with post players Jaylen Williams and Ashanti Thomas, a class rated among the Top 10 in the nation. Coquese Washington also will have the services of guard Brianna Banks, a transfer who was part of two national championship teams at Connecticut.

Penn State finished 6-24 this past season, the worst record in program history. The Lady Lions had won three consecutive Big Ten regular-season titles and had made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances before last season.

The Lady Lions were set to return all of its roster except seniors Tori Waldner, a starting forward who averaged 5.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and Molly Dincher, a walk-on who played just five minutes.

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