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Beatriz Jordao Medically Retires from Iowa State Basketball

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The Iowa State Cyclones lost some frontcourt depth on Thursday after forward Beatriz Jordao announced her medical retirement from basketball.

Jordao announced her retirement on Twitter.


She noted that she has been dealing with a chronic lower leg injury the past few years and has never truly recovered.

“As much as I love basketball, it is time for me to look out for my health and my well-being,” she wrote on Twitter.

She thanked her teammates, coaches, family, Iowa State’s medical staff and head coach Bill Fennelly.

“I love my team, I love Iowa State, I love Ames and I love basketball,” Jordao said.

The fifth-year senior was in her second season with the Cyclones. She transferred to Iowa State from South Florida, where she spent her first three seasons.


Jordao has been limited to two games this season due to the injury. In the meantime, NAIA transfer Stephanie Soares has taken over the starting center role and is averaging 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. The Cyclones also have Morgan Kane, who is averaging nearly 10 minutes per game, as Soares’ backup.

Last season Jordao played in 32 games and made four starts as she supported the Cyclones in their run to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. She averaged 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Iowa State opens the Big 12 schedule on Saturday against Texas Tech. The Cyclones also signed one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in the country during the early-signing period.

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