South Dakota senior and St. Thomas More graduate Caitlin Duffy goes up for a shot during the 2015-16 season. 

Courtesy photo by Aaron Packard

Former St. Thomas More star and current South Dakota senior guard Caitlin Duffy will forgo the remainder of her senior season due to multiple lower leg injuries.

According to a news release from USD, Duffy will continue to work towards earning her master's degree in public administration and will remain an integral part of the Coyote women's basketball program moving forward.

"I am so grateful to everyone involved in my application for a sixth year of eligibility," said Duffy in the release. "I would like to thank Jamie Oyen for all of the work that she put in to my waiver and our athletic trainer, Kylea Sheley, for helping me through the rehabilitation process. While my playing career is ending sooner than I had hoped, I am excited to contribute however I can to help this team be successful. It was an honor to be on the floor wearing a South Dakota jersey and have the chance to represent a state, a university and an athletic department that I am so proud of."

 Duffy started for the Coyotes her junior season as she helped USD capture the 2015-16 Women's National Invitation Tournament title. She averaged 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Her 70 made 3-pointers paced the Coyotes beyond the arc and she was named the Summit League Transfer of the Year. Duffy also earned a spot on the Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence and made the Summit League honor roll. After missing the 2016-17 to injury, she applied for and received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA in May.

 This season she played in two games and only 14 minutes and did not score.

"Caitlin has worked so hard from both a rehabilitation and basketball perspective to play this season," said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. "We were looking forward to her ability to help our team on the court this year and we know she is very disappointed that her body has not cooperated. However, Caitlin was a major reason why were successful at Wichita State even though she did not play. Her leadership on the bench was incredible and now we look forward to her focusing on these contributions moving forward. Her high energy personality and demeanor will provide a positive impact on our team."

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Duffy transferred to USD from Colorado State University where she was an honorable mention all-Mountain West Conference performer her frreshman season. She has finished with 881 points, 359 rebounds and dished out 156 assists in her collegiate basketball career. Her younger sister, Ciara, is a sophomore starting guard for the Coyotes.

She helped lead St. Thomas More to state championship in 2012, earned Class A All-State first team honors as she avered 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.3 steals per game as a senior, She was also named 2011 first team All-State, 2011 first team all-tournament and first team all-conference from 2009-2011.

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