MU's Cierra Porter will medically retire

Florida State forward Ivey Slaughter blocks the shot of Missouri forward Cierra Porter during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Multiple knee issues will force Cierra Porter to end her college basketball career a year early.

Mizzou announced Friday Porter will medically retire and forgo her final year of college eligibility.

“There are not enough words to express my gratitude toward my Aunt (Coach Pingeton), the rest of the amazing staff, my teammates who became my sisters, my supportive and loving family, the world’s best fans, and the countless other people that made my time at Mizzou so incredible,” Porter said. “I have memories that I will carry with me forever. Now that I have my degree, I have decided to shift my focus toward my future quality of life and that means saying goodbye to the sport I love. While it was the hardest decision I’ve ever made, I’m excited for what God has planned for my life moving forward. I appreciate Mizzou nation so much, and I am forever a Tiger!”

Porter averaged 10.6 points and seven rebounds per game at Mizzou. She also helped Rock Bridge High School win four straight state championships.

“Cierra has been a vital member of our program for the past three years and we can’t thank her enough for her contributions,” MU head coach Robin Pingeton said. “This was obviously a very difficult decision for Cierra, but one that we fully support. Cierra has played through much pain with ongoing knee issues over the last several years and there comes a point where you have to put long term quality of life ahead of everything else. It is remarkable what she has been able to contribute to our program despite never being fully healthy. Cierra graduated in three years with a 3.8 GPA, and there is no doubt she has a very bright future ahead of her. Although we will miss Cierra, we wish her nothing but the very best and are excited for the next chapter in her life.”

Porter graduated from Mizzou in May. The school's release said she will pursue opportunities outside basketball.

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