When the clock hit all zeros in Portland, Oregon, last March and Mississippi State ended another successful season just short of a third-straight Final Four, most fans felt they had seen the last of Jordan Danberry on the court.
The Bulldogs had four starters on the way out with Teaira McCowan, Jazzmun Holmes, Anriel Howard and Danberry, but the last of the four still held out hope that her future in Starkville was yet to be concluded. Behind the scenes, head coach Vic Schaefer was petitioning to the NCAA to have Danberry get a fifth year of eligibility granted and return to MSU.
Danberry had played the first six games of her sophomore year at Arkansas before deciding to transfer to State. Due to NCAA rules, she had to sit out the second half of that season and the first semester of the next season. That meant that she got only one full season with the Bulldogs and that was last year.
So Danberry held out hope.
For more on Danberry, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.