IU’s Penn opts out of remainder of the season

Prior to Sunday’s game at Iowa, the Indiana women’s basketball program announced that senior guard Jaelynn Penn would opt out of the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

The 5-foot-10 Louisville, Ky., native was averaging 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this year despite shooting a career-low 27.7% from 3. Penn has scored 1,274 career points, earning All-Big Ten second team as a sophomore and All-Big Ten honorable mention as a junior.

A year ago she battled plantar fasciitis in both feet and had off-season surgery for the malady in her left foot. Some effective rehab and the resulting improvement in how she felt resulted in a return to playing this year after strongly considering the possibility of a redshirt season.

The injury troubles returned when Penn sprained her ankle at Maryland on Jan. 4. She only missed three games due to COVID-19 postponements, returning after three weeks for the Jan. 24 game at Northwestern.

Now the No. 17 Hoosiers will move forward without Penn, who will have the option to return in 2021-22 due to the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility to all players for this season.

6 comments

  1. Man i really thought she was gonna be an all time great when her career was done hopes doing well

    1. I can not wait to hear more about this.
      My sincere hope is that Jaelynn just got tired of playing with pain this year in front of no fans and decided to sit out until next year.
      As I say, that’s my sincere hope.

  2. In the face of the loss, players stepped up in a major way today for a huge (road) win. No more Carver-Hawkeye jinx streak.
    Cordano-Hillary had her best game as a Hoosier by far. Critically, AliPat returned to the form of yesteryears, and Mac out-produced Czinano. Add
    Berger’s productivity, and we had 4 solid scorers.
    So we remain in the top tier with Mary, OSU and Michigan. We retain our national ranking and pre-seedings. The rest of our schedule will have us favored in every game (with Michigan the one top tier opponent), and like it or not, there is no blank-space in our schedule to add a game. (If Rutgers does play anyone again, be glad it shouldn’t be us. Probably the most dangerous 1 – 3 in-conference team anywhere.)

  3. J Bee,
    We have to play OSU again at their place, which won’t be easy.
    But I certainly like where we are right now.

  4. How’d I miss that… @OSU, U B RIGHT.
    Otherwhere’s in the schedule, if a Maryland-Michigan game doesn’t get added this mid week, appears they won’t play at all!
    Meanwhile, noted today that UCONN and South Carolina play tomorrow/Monday eve at 7 on FoxSports 1 –- a final four calibre preview game.

  5. The way the BigTen is figuring out standings “ain’t right.”
    I guess it’s no big deal, but I refuse to see how Michigan at 5-1 is ahead of us at 9-2. We’re a half a game out, they’re two and a half games out, but they have a better “win percentage.”
    If a team is 1-0 and every other game is cancelled due to Covid, I guess they’re the champs.
    Weird times.
    GO IU!

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