UNC Women's Basketball: Alyssa Ustby to return for her fifth season

The UNC women's basketball program received major news on Friday night, as star Alyssa Ustby will return for her final collegiate season.
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Alyssa Ustby made it official on Friday night, as she announced that she will return to the UNC women's basketball program for her fifth season of college eligibility.

Ustby is part of the final class of student-athletes that has an additional season of eligibility due to COVID-19. The Rochester, Minnesota native is taking advantage of the extra eligibility, as she'll once again look to be a prominent force for the Tar Heels during the 2024-2025 season.

A three time All-ACC selection, Ustby has developed into one of the country's top players. She's coming off a season in which she was a finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award, an award presented annually to the nation's top small forward, as she made history by recording the first triple-double in UNC women's basketball history.

This is major news for North Carolina, as the roster for the 2024-2025 season is set to look a bit different than it did a season ago. Although there will be changes, Courtney Banghart's squad is now guaranteed to return some key players, as both Ustby and Lexi Donarski have confirmed they will return for one more season.

Ustby is the type of player that coaches dream about having. Her high motor and energy show on a daily basis, as she helps set the tone on both sides of the floor. She's also a strong leader, a great locker room presence and a tremendous representation of the University of North Carolina as a whole.

As Ustby stated in her video, she's "not ready to go yet." We're all not ready for her to depart yet either, as we'll have the opportunity to enjoy watching her compete in the Carolina Blue for one more season.