Isabelle Bourne forgoes fifth year for Nebraska women’s basketball

Isabelle Bourne forgoes fifth year for Nebraska womens basketball

Sam McKewon, Writer

A 1,000-point scorer for Nebraska women’s basketball announced Monday that she had decided to forgo a fifth year of eligibility and return home to Australia.

Isabelle Bourne, a three-year captain, thanked her coaches and teammates on social media “for giving me lasting memories while also pushing me to become better on and off the court.”

“Being able to wear a Husker uniform has been a privilege and an unforgettable opportunity,” Bourne wrote. “Thank you Husker nation for truly making Nebraska a home away from home.”

Bourne revealed her intentions to return to her native Australia, likely to pursue pro opportunities. She started all 30 games this past season and was Nebraska’s most consistent scoring option at times. She averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Bourne said the decision required “a lot of thought and hard discussions.” Bourne played at Nebraska for four seasons and became the 36th 1,000-point scorer in program history in January. Shortly after, Nebraska coach Amy Williams called Bourne a “staple” of the program.