Wahlin questionable against Illinois


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Just when the trainer’s room had some vacancy, injury once again struck the Iowa women’s basketball team.

During her Tuesday press conference in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said sophomore point guard Kamille Wahlin is questionable for Thursday’s 7 p.m. game against Illinois (11-6, 3-4 Big Ten) in Champaign.

“Kamille is questionable with back spasms for the past week, and we just cannot cure them,” Bluder said. “We don’t know whether she will be able to go, or if she can go, for how long, or what percentage she really is.

“She might be a body, but she’s probably going to be about 50 percent, which is what we’ve had for the last week out of her.”

Bluder said Wahlin’s back spasms first became an issue during the team’s Jan. 14 shootaround prior to the Hawkeyes’ contest against Penn State. The Crookston, Minn., native pulled herself from shooting drills, experiencing what Bluder described as “incredible knots” in her back.

“[Doctors have] been trying to treat them and trying to get them out, and they’re not giving her any relief whatsoever,” Bluder said. “She can barely walk right now normally, and so it’s pretty tough to be out on the floor and play. That’s a big blow to our team.”

Three Hawkeyes — senior JoAnn Hamlin (blood clot), sophomore Hannah Draxten (herniated disc), and freshman Theairra Taylor (torn ACL) — have been sidelined for the season.

Other players, including junior Kachine Alexander (stress fracture in right leg) and freshman Gabby Machado (ankle sprain), have missed significant time earlier in the season.

If Wahlin is unable to play, Iowa will lack a starting point guard. Wahlin is one of three players to start all 18 games for the Hawkeyes this season, averaging 14.0 points and 3.0 assists per game.
She also leads the team with 46 made 3-point field goals.

Bluder said freshman Trisha Nesbitt will continue to see more minutes as a point guard, and fellow freshman Jaime Printy will also play the position.

Walk-on Considine blending in well

Perhaps the most positive topic for Bluder was the development of sophomore Megan Considine, who officially joined the team as a walk-on on Jan. 6 after first practicing with the team on Dec. 22, 2009.

“Hey, we have a uniform with [Considine’s] name on it now, so we’ve made strides there,” Bluder joked.

Considine, the younger sister of former Hawkeye and current Jacksonville Jaguar safety Sean Considine, played six minutes in Sunday’s 81-59 loss at Purdue. She also recorded her first two points, going 2-of-2 at the free-throw line.

“She also, I thought, played well defensively [at Purdue],” Bluder said. “She was aggressive. She had her hand on some basketballs, got some deflections for us. It’s nice to see that energy that is able to come in off the bench like that.”

Most of all, Bluder has been impressed with how Considine has fit in with the rest of the team.

“I think that’s probably the biggest compliment you can give her — that you don’t notice her in practice as much,” Bluder said. “You don’t notice people stopping to correct her as much, or she’s making the offense have missed timing, or not being in the right place at the right time offensively. You don’t see those things happening.”

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