Tia Elbert will not return to Indiana for a redshirt junior season.
She has instead opted to forego her final two seasons of eligibility and graduate upon completing her degree this fall. It's unclear whether or not she will choose to look for another school to play basketball at.
"This was a really difficult decision to make, as I am truly thankful for the opportunity to wear an Indiana uniform," Elbert said in a release. "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 began her career at Marquette but transferred to Indiana after just one season. She redshirted the 2015-16 season, as per NCAA rules, and then appeared in 31 games for the Hoosiers last season.
Elbert was used sparingly, averaging 1.5 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists over 6.7 minutes per game. Three of IU's five incoming freshmen are projected to play at the guard spot, meaning it was uncertain whether or not Elbert would have seen much expansion in her future role with IU.
Albert, a 2016-17 Academic All-Big Ten selection, holds a 3.2 GPA in the Kelley School of business.
"We want to thank Tia for her contributions to Indiana Women's Basketball the last two seasons," head coach Teri Moren said in a release. "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."
Moren's staff owns two available scholarships, one or both of which may be available to chase a graduate transfer or two. It's unlikely they'd fill a remaining scholarship spot with a 2017 high school recruit considering how late in the cycle it already is.
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