Iowa women's basketball signs four

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 10, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa women's basketball team signed four players to national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Head coach Lisa Bluder's recruiting class features two guards, one forward, and one center. The quartet of players will join the Hawkeye roster next fall.

Highlighting the class for Iowa are guards Kali Peschel and Claire Till.

Peschel has led her team to back-to-back state tournament appearances and is a two-time all-state selection. The Sauk Centre, Minn., native averaged 20.2 points and 4.9 assists last year as a junior. The 6-1 Peschel is described by ESPN HoopGurlz as a "challenging matchup at times for defenders. Not flashy, but textbook and effective."

Till is a two-time all-state selection and averaged 15.4 points as a sophomore and 12.7 points as a junior. The 6-0 Till — the daughter of current Hawkeye radio broadcaster and former player Shelley Till — helped lead her team to a state tournament appearance as a freshman.

The Dubuque native is Iowa's highest-rated recruit by HoopGurlz and was evaluated as a "blue-collar player who makes some plays. Has some ball handling and a willingness to [drive] into traffic."

Providing even more depth along the frontline next season will be Rockton, Ill., native Nicole Smith. The 6-4 center averaged 15.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 7.3 blocks as a sophomore.

Smith had surgery to repair ACL and meniscus injuries in the summer prior to her junior year, but she is expected to return to the hardwood this winter.

Kayla Timmerman, a 6-3 forward, rounds out the Hawkeyes' 2012 recruiting class. Timmerman garnered honorable mention all-state honors as a junior and was named a team captain for this upcoming season.

Overall, Bluder said, she is satisfied with her incoming players.

"We feel this is a very solid class for us," Bluder said in a release. "… All four of these players fit extremely well in our system. We're very excited about having these four talented players join our program."

— by Matt Cozzi

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