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After four years playing soccer for Syracuse, Jenna Rickan is choosing to use all of her NCAA eligibility. And she’s returning home to do it.

Rickan, a former standout at Kenmore West, joined the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team for the 2013-14 season.

Because Rickan graduated from Syracuse as a psychology major in four years, the NCAA rules allow her to use her fifth year of eligibility to play another sport for another school. She will begin graduate school at UB in the fall while playing for the Bulls.

As a forward for Syracuse, she was part of turning around the women’s soccer program. The Orange went 5-11-3 her freshman season. Last season, the team went 9-7-2 with Rickan scoring two goals with six assists.

Her experience of creating a winning culture will fit in at UB, as the 5-foot-9 guard joins a Buffalo team that surged late in the season under first-year coach Felisha Legette-Jack. The Bulls finished 12-20 overall but went 8-8 in Mid-American Conference play to earn a first-round home playoff game for the first time since 2007. They nearly upset third-seeded Akron in the MAC quarterfinals before the Zips pulled off the 83-79 win.

At Kenmore West, Rickan became the first to pass 1,000 points and was a first-team All-Western New York selection.

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