Preseason WNIT, Missouri vs. Nebraska, 11/14

Nebraska guard Rylie Cascio Jensen (2) tries to drive around Missouri guard Sierra Michaelis (24) during a WNIT game earlier this season.

Freshman walk-on Rylie Cascio Jensen plans to transfer from the Nebraska women’s basketball team.

The Journal Star first learned of Cascio Jensen's decision to depart the program from Randy Mauro, her former coach with the All-Iowa attack club program.

Nebraska coach Amy Williams later confirmed the news in a press release.

"Rylie worked hard for us as a walk-on to our program this past season and we appreciate her efforts," Williams said in a statement. "She wants to pursue scholarship opportunities at other programs, and we wish her the best."

Cascio Jensen, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Fremont High School, appeared in all 29 games for the Huskers as a true freshman, averaging 2.3 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

“There is no problems,” Mauro said. “It’s a personal decision and has nothing to do with any of the other girls on the team, or anything like that. Nothing happened. It’s just something she feels she needs to do.”

Her season-high of 15 points came in a loss at Penn State on Jan. 19. She made 11 consecutive free throws to close the season and led the Huskers with her .824 free-throw percentage.

"I want to thank Coach Williams and her entire staff for giving me my chance to achieve my dream of playing basketball at Nebraska this past season," Cascio Jensen said in a statement. "However, I feel like it is best for me to seek a scholarship at another school where I can find the best fit for me on the court."

Mauro has already been contacted by college coaches interested in Cascio Jensen, who was the honorary captain of the Journal Star Super-State team during her senior year of high school in 2016. She averaged 22 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game in her final high school season.

“I think she’s just trying to see who is interested,” Mauro said. “It’s got to be a good fit. She’s not just going to go somewhere because someone is interested in her. She’s going to do her research."

Cascio Jensen originally signed with South Dakota after also being recruited heavily by Wyoming, Wake Forest and Drake, among others.

But after Williams left South Dakota to be the head coach at Nebraska, Cascio Jensen asked for her scholarship release from South Dakota. She later asked to walk-on at Nebraska, where one of her dream schools and a coaching staff she liked had aligned.

Her former high school teammate, Jessica Shepard, announced last month that she was transferring. Shepard has not announced where she will play next.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.


Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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