Morgan Yaeger, a member of the historic recruiting class that turned the Oregon women’s basketball program into a national powerhouse, has decided to medically retire and will not finish her final year of eligibility.


The oft-injured 5-foot-9 guard from Adelaide, Australia, is returning home after graduating from UO.


"It has been an extremely hard decision," Yaeger posted on social media Monday. "It humbles me to say that I have been apart of one of the most impactful women's basketball teams in history."


Yaeger struggled with a back injury throughout her career. She played in 76 games, averaging 1.7 points and 0.6 assists.


"We are extremely thankful to Morgan for everything she has given to our program over the last four years," coach Kelly Graves said. "It's been tough watching her deal with this injury for so long, but she has been an incredible teammate and a huge part of our success.


"She leaves here as a three-time Pac-12 champion and a lifelong Duck, and I can't wait to see what's next for her moving forward."


Two of Yaeger’s classmates, Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard, are preparing for their rookie seasons in the WNBA after leading the Ducks to three consecutive Pac-12 championships and a Final Four appearance.


The Ducks finished 31-2 overall (17-1 Pac-12) and No. 2 in the Associated Press poll last season, but the national championship hopes for the seniors and Yaeger, who redshirted in 2017-18, ended when the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 health crisis.


Lydia Giomi, a 6-6- fifth-year senior, is the lone remaining member of the 2016 recruiting class.


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