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Tune Squad sitting atop women’s intramural basketball

BY JERRY SCHERWIN JR. | MARCH 03, 2010 7:30 AM

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There are four divisions in women’s intramural basketball with 19 teams in all, yet one squad reigns supreme.

Tune Squad, a team made up of seven freshmen and one junior, is making sure its name is feared when opposing teams step foot on the Field House hardwood.

Now boasting a division-best 2-0 record, Tune Squad is also sitting atop of the Women’s Intramural Basketball Top 5 Rankings. The group received six first-place votes out of the 11 total in last week’s rankings.

The team of women isn’t an average women’s basketball team built around a taller woman with an overpowering post game. Instead, Tune Squad uses quickness and pure athleticism to outduel opponents.

“Our team is unique because we don’t have a girl over 5-9, and that is being generous, so we have to play pressure defense in order to get steals and lay-ups to get to the basket,” said Jamie Elbert, who played basketball at the University of Chicago before transferring to Iowa last semester. “Also, we have to be on from behind the arc.”

Tune Squad may seem young but most of the women played together in high school and have a unique feel for one another’s style.

“We feel like all of the girls on our team can hold their own and have confidence in every player,” said Holly Steger, the Tune Squad captain. “A few of us have also played together or against one another in high school, so we have a feel for each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

With extreme skill at the guard position and an ability to shoot the 3 effectively, Tune Squad stretches out opposing defenses, which opens up the lane.

“We were all guards in high school, and we can all shoot 3s, which is not always the easiest thing to guard on defense,” freshman Jamie Rucks said.

That statement turned out to be true in Tune Squad’s last game, against the Hawkeye Ballers. Tune Squad scored 62 points while only giving up 25 in the contest. There was no doubt the women brought their shooting stroke to that game.

Not all of the squad’s games have been blowouts, though. In the first contest against now 2-1 Illinois Finest, which is also receiving votes for the Women’s Top 5 Rankings, Tune Squad was forced into overtime before squeaking out a 54-48 victory.

“[Beating Illinois Finest] was our shining moment this season,” Elbert said.

Although there are other undefeated teams with bubbling confidence in the women’s bracket, Tune Squad players are making sure they holding true to their goals.

“We want to win every game and be the best female intramural team at Iowa,” freshman Meghan Halverson said.

Freshman Rachel Spellerberg added: “We want to beat each team by more than 10 points and to make it to Carver to play in the championship and win. We play to win, and we win because we play.”


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