Redshirt sophomore Tia Elbert will graduate early and forgo her final two seasons of eligibility at Indiana, according to a release.
Elbert, who transferred to IU following her freshman season at Marquette, appeared in 31 games this season for the Hoosiers. The 5-foot-7 point guard averaged 1.5 points in 6.7 minutes per game.
According to the release, she will graduate in the fall with a degree from the Kelley School of Business. Elbert was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2016-17 and held a 3.2 grade point average.
“This was a really difficult decision to make, as I am truly thankful for the opportunity to wear an Indiana uniform,” Elbert said in the statement. “This is a choice I’m making based to complete my degree in the fall of 2017 and move back to my family in Minnesota sooner rather than later. I would like to thank the IU women’s basketball program for the past two season and wish the team the best going forward.”
Elbert could, theoretically, retain eligibility and play for another school once she graduates, but it’s not clear whether she will play again in the future. It is also unclear what this means exactly as far as scholarships for IU.
With Elbert’s departure, the Hoosiers are losing six players off the current roster, with a class of five freshmen incoming. That leaves head coach Teri Moren with 13 active players for 2017-18. But depending on when Elbert actually graduates, IU may have only one scholarship available to use.
“We want to thank Tia for her contributions to Indiana Women’s Basketball the last two seasons,” Moren said in a statement. “We respect her decision to forego the remainder of her eligibility, and we are looking forward to fulfilling our promise of helping her earn her degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business next fall. Tia is a smart and talented young woman who has great things to look forward to in her future. We wish her nothing but the best.”