Big 12 Says No to ISU

 Iowa State senior forward Katie Robinette was denied an additional year of eligibility in a vote by the Big 12 Conference's faculty athletics representatives at the league's spring meeting.

"Obviously, we are disappointed in the decision," ISU senior associate athletics director Calli Sanders said. "We presented our case to the faculty athletics representatives, but their decision was ultimately out of our hands."

The South Sioux City, Neb., native had appealed for an additional year after losing one year of competition when she transferred from Nebraska following her freshman season and another semester after giving birth to her son in October of 2003. Robinette played just three semesters of basketball at Iowa State.

"I'm very disappointed," Robinette said. "So many people put in a lot of time and work into helping me with the appeal and I appreciate it. I was really looking forward to another season as a Cyclone and I wish the team and staff nothing but the best."

A Big 12 rule stipulates that student-athletes that transfer within the league cannot use a redshirt season while sitting out for the NCAA-mandated "year in residence" for transfers. This rule applies to men's and women's basketball and football participants, as well as any other student-athletes that do not meet an exception to the NCAA rule.

The second-team all-Big 12 selection ranked first on the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and second on the squad with 14.9 points per contest. Robinette ranked sixth on ISU's career blocked shots chart (74) during her short Cyclone career.

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