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LSU guard Chloe Jackson (0) moves the ball past Alabama guard Shaquera Wade (23), Sunday, February 25, 2018, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. LSU beat Alabama 79-78 in overtime.

Chloe Jackson and Tatum Neubert were granted releases from the LSU women's basketball team and plan to transfer for their senior seasons, the school announced Tuesday.

Jackson leaves the Lady Tigers after only two years since originally transferring from N.C. State.

Tatum Neubert was also granted her release from LSU to transfer. 

The fourth-year junior shooting guard led the Lady Tigers with 18.1 points per game this season. She also had 137 rebounds, 67 assists and 59 steals.

Neubert was coming off a knee injury last season and averaged only six minutes in 18 games this season.

"LSU women’s basketball players Chloe Jackson and Tatum Neubert will be transferring for their senior seasons," coach Nikki Fargas said in a news release. "LSU thanks both student-athletes for their contributions to the program and wishes all the best as they enter new chapters in their lives."

Fargas declined further comment.

The transfers are a massive blow for the Lady Tigers, who expected their scoring leader to become the new team leader following the graduation of Raigyne Louis this spring.

With Jackson and Louis leading the charge, LSU earned the No. 4 seed in the Southeastern Conference tournament and made its second straight appareance in the NCAA tournament.

Jackson scored 15 or more points in 11 conference games this season, including consecutive 21-point performances in upsets of Tennessee and Georgia.

That leadership role now falls to Ayana Mitchell as the most experienced player in a program that played five freshman heavily last season.

The two transfers are the second and third departures from the program in less than a week after assistant coach Mickie DeMoss announced her semi-retirement from coaching. DeMoss said she would no longer pursue full-time jobs but would likely stay involved to some capacity in the sport she spent 41 years a part of.

This is the second year LSU unexpectedly lost an important piece of its lineup. While not a transfer, former guard Jenna Deemer was forced to give up the sport because of health reasons.

It is also the second time in four seasons LSU and its leading scorer parted ways before the player completed her eligibility.

In 2015, LSU announced the departure of Danielle Ballard before her senior season amid several disciplinary issues.

Follow Mike Gegenheimer on Twitter, @Mike_Gegs.