May 1, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State women’s basketball standout Karly Buer announced Thursday (May 1) that she will not return next season. Buer, who played just four games this year before a knee injury prematurely ended her fourth season at MSU, will graduate from Missouri State this month with a sport and park administration degree before moving on to Liberty University in Virginia to pursue a Master’s degree in sports management with an emphasis in outdoor adventures.
The Concordia, Kan., native received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for the 2013-14 season and intends to use her final season of eligibility at the Big South Conference school during the 2014-15 campaign.
“After tearing my ACL I was hoping to come back for my fifth year at MSU and work towards my Master’s degree,” said Buer. “After researching my academic opportunities and contacting many people it became clear that this was not going to be an option. I fell in love with the graduate program at Liberty and was accepted, and my plans of being a normal college student rapidly changed when I heard from Liberty’s basketball program. I will be forever grateful for my four years at MSU and cannot thank our fans enough for the support that has been show to the Lady Bears and myself.”
Buer played in the first 103 games of her MSU career with 78 starts, averaging 7.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. She ranks eighth in Missouri State history with a career .831 free throw percentage, including a school-record .907 her junior season. An exceptional student, Buer is a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team honoree and three-time MVC Academic Honor Roll member.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to know and coach Karly and wish she was returning next year, but I am happy for Karly because she is excited about the next chapter in her life,” added MSU head coach Kellie Harper. “She has truly made her academics the priority and has found exactly what she wants at Liberty. Although I will always see Karly as a Lady Bear, I am happy to see her return to the court next year. The women’s basketball program at Liberty is getting a special young lady.”