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Lady Lions Star Kelly Jekot To Return For 2021-22 Season

Penn State women’s basketball’s most efficient scorer is officially running it back for the 2021-22 season.

Lady Lions star guard Kelly Jekot announced Thursday she’ll use her extra year of NCAA eligibility to stay in Happy Valley for another season.

“Playing college basketball at Penn State means everything to me,” Jekot said in a statement on Twitter. “I’m so thankful that I have the opportunity to get back on the court to play the sport I love for the 2021-22 season. We have unfinished business.”

Jekot played in just nine games for the Lady Lions this past season before suffering her second ACL tear in just three years. She served as an important leader on the young team and later documented her recovery through TikToks.

In the short time she did play, the guard averaged a team-high 15.9 points per game, shooting 39.4% from the field and 25% from deep. Her leadership and positive attitude earned her Penn State’s sportsmanship award as well.

The graduate student will enter her second and final season with the Lady Lions next year. She transferred from Villanova after a solid 2018-19 season. Jekot was previously named Big Five Rookie of the Year and the Philadelphia Big 5 Most Improved Player with the Wildcats.

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Ryan Parsons

Ryan is a senior business and journalism major from "Philadelphia" and is Onward State's social media manager. He writes about a lot of things, including football and hoops. If you want to gain absolutely nothing, you can follow him on Twitter @rjparsons9. Say hi via email at [email protected]

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