Patberg announces she will return for 7th season

UPDATED: 10:02 p.m.

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.


  1. Great news for IU Ladies basketball and A.P. herself. Develop/seriously improve a 3 ball…she is probably capable….her and C-H, both of them. A.P. is not a good but a great representative of what Indiana basketball is all about.

  2. Even as good as A.P. is…Maybe, getting coached and or repetitions on 3 ball resulting in getting green light and just less worry could make her a player at another upward level.

  3. With Ali and the 3 ball there seems to be a lack of confidence. I remember her first year shooting in the 3 pt contest she seemed to be on fire. Hopefully she will get back to that. I have a feeling that Price will be a 3 pt shooter for us at least I hope so. Who knows what the other two new players will show us. Should be a really strong year for IU ladies.

  4. What a season! 🙂 I would submit that the IU women are the ONLY Big10 team to exceed NCAA expectations!
    Noveroske has one attribute you can’t coach. She’s TALL and STRONG! And, without question, Hannah is one of the nicest girls on the team. Hope to see her develop and get more playing time.
    Absolutely can not wait for this blasted virus to be conquered so we can once again attend IU sporting events. Even IU baseball can’t have fans. Sigh….

  5. Moren more than deserved her new contract thru 26-27. Supposedly in the upper tier of Big Ten women coaches. Dolson not wasting any time Woodson for the Men and Morens expansive contract which will include bonuses. Now if we can connect with an elite player thru the transfer portal wouldnt hurt a thing.

    1. Solid contract…may depend how upper echelon is defined as other contracts get reworked…However, important that both, IU/T. Moren are satisfied/happy and future is secured.
      Side Note: as we age 6 years goes by quickly. Many will be here but probably not everyone.

  6. I wonder how the NCAA will modify policies after our country is past the travails associated with COVID. Will it return to the rules in place before COVID, will the flexibility regarding extra eligibility and transfer remain in effect?

    I’m all for young adults taking full advantage of all their opportunities, especially when it enhances their education. But I worry about the young people coming up behind those currently in college. Many of them have been kept out of in-person learning for a year, had their participation in sports cancelled or reduced and may had their social maturation affected. For every Ali Patberg who extends their time in college, there’s a younger women who’s athletic career is being affected, or who won’t get the opportunity to play, or perhaps pursue her education. One thing’s for sure; there are no easy answers.

  7. There are trade offs on the whole spectrum of everything really over the last year which in reality to whatever extent equals picking winners and losers.

  8. Welcome back Ali!
    Just to be sure everyone understands that every single player on every single team gets another season of eligibility. The 2020/21 season was a mulligan. Every current player will have a 5th playing season if so desired. Ali sat out her 1st season as an injury redshirt . She also had to sit out as a transfer redshirt when she came to Indiana. She will take advantage of playing that 5th season just as all other players from this season will have that same opportunity. That is what Key is doing and I wish her nothing but the best!

  9. Hillary had a HUGE impact on the IU team this year! We wouldn’t have gotten as far as we did without her. Her scrappiness and defense was something to behold until she ran into McDonald. Of course nobody in the country could guard her!! Hope she does return next year for certain. Go Hoosiers!!

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