Former North Dakota State women's basketball player Sarah Jacobson told a Fargo radio station Wednesday, Feb. 27, she was dismissed from the team last weekend.
WDAY-TV first reported this week that Jacobson, North Dakota's Miss Basketball as a high school player in 2016, was no longer with the team.
"I actually got dismissed from the team on Saturday," Jacobson told 740 The Fan's "Jack Michaels Show."
She did not explain, nor did show host Jack Michaels ask, why she'd been dismissed by head coach Maren Walseth.
In a statement to WDAY on Saturday, Walseth said, "We wish her all the best in her future endeavors."
Walseth said there will be no further comment.
The Bison beat Omaha 55-48 at the Scheels Health Athletic Complex on Saturday, improving their record to 7-19 overall and 4-10 in the Summit League.
Jacobson started every game in her two years at NDSU, but redshirted this season due to what were described as medical reasons. She'd been with the team all year, but did not sit on the bench for Saturday's game.
She told the radio station she hasn't decided whether she's going to transfer to play basketball at a different school. She was a junior this season and would have have two years of eligibility remaining.
"I'm just taking a couple steps back. I'm going to see these next few weeks what pans out. I'm not really out there searching for anything or pursuing anything. I'm trying to focus on the things I can control now," Jacobson said. "I'm obviously going to talk to my parents about it and kind of see what opportunities present themselves. At the end of the day I could still go to school at NDSU if I didn't want to play basketball or pursue other options."
Jacobson averaged 9.6 points per game in two years. The Bison were 15-44 overall over that span, 6-24 in conference games. NDSU hasn't had a winning season since 2009-10, the longest stretch in program history and a painful one for a school that dominated NCAA Division II in the 1990s with six national titles in the decade.
Jacobson's mother, Pat (Smykowski) Jacobson, left the school in 1989 as the Bison's all-time leading scorer. She was NDSU's first Division II All-America as a senior.
Sarah Jacobson said she went to NDSU hoping to help return the program to those glory days. Her success at Shanley, where she was a four-year starter and led the Deacons to three straight Class A state championships, fueled that belief.
"At Shanley we had the opportunity to be very successful and we had a lot of good girls come through that program in my years there," Jacobson told the radio station. "Coming to NDSU I wanted to do my best to get us back to the excellence that I know NDSU is capable of having. I know that they've had success in the past and I know that program has the resources and capability to get back there. I hope one day that program can get back to the success and excellence NDSU athletics as a whole has."
A plethora of players have left the Bison program the last few years, including three this year. In addition to Jacobson, forward Reilly Jacobson transferred to Western Michigan and center Macey Kvilivang left the team for undisclosed reasons.