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IU women's program lands Notre Dame transfer

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Monday, April 24, 2017 09:31 pm

BLOOMINGTON — It will take a year for the on-court impact of point guard Ali Patberg’s transfer from traditional women’s basketball power Notre Dame to hope-to-become-a-power Indiana to register.

Blame the NCAA’s transfer rule which forces players to sit out a season when they change schools.

In Patberg’s case, patience might be a good thing given her background that includes 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball, a McDonald’s All-America and Gatorade player of the year. She’s the first-ever McDonald’s All-America to join the Hoosiers and just the second Indiana Miss Basketball. The first was Lori Meinerding, who played from 1987-91.

Such honors didn’t translate to instant success at Notre Dame, which might have helped the Hoosiers.

IU will have a huge point guard need for the 2018-19 season. All-Big Ten player Tyra Buss will have graduated by then and somebody will need to run the team on the court.

Why not Patberg, a five-star prospect who comes from nearby Columbus, Ind.

As a Columbus North senior, the 5-10 Patberg averaged 25.9 points, seven rebounds and five assists. She also had four triple-doubles. During her four years as a starter she averaged 18.9 points.

A knee injury cost Patberg her freshman season at Notre Dame. Illness helped limit her to 22 games and 7.7 minutes for the Irish this past season.

After that, she decided to transfer. Indiana beat out Northwestern, Michigan and Michigan State to land Patberg.

"We are thrilled that Ali has chosen to continue her academic and athletic career at Indiana University," coach Teri Moren said in a university release. “As one of the most decorated players to come out of the state of Indiana, she will be a great addition to our roster. She comes from a great basketball family.”

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