Women's hoops reloading, not rebuilding
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The Iowa women gave themselves one tough act to follow in the 2014-15 season, but head coach Lisa Bluder leads one of the most consistent programs at Iowa, and she has plenty of talent returning in 2015-16, even after graduating Samantha Logic, Melissa Dixon, Bethany Doolittle, Kathryn Reynolds.
Junior-to-be Ally Disterhoft tied for the team lead in scoring with 14.8 points per game in her sophomore season, and she will have to shoulder even more of the scoring load this coming season. The Iowa City native also averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game.
Disterhoft will be joined by sophomore-to-be Whitney Jennings, who started 31 of 34 games as a freshman and scored 9.1 points per game with 2.7 assists. Jennings and Disterhoft figure to provide the bulk of the scoring for Bluder in 2015-16.
In replacing the four seniors from last season, the biggest question is how Bluder will deal with the absence of Doolittle in the post.
Kali Peschel has a chance to start in her senior year, and senior-to-be Claire Till projects to receive plenty of minutes in the post as well. Sophomore-to-be Chase Coley, however, is the player who could bring a pleasant surprise to the Hawkeye defense.
She is the all-time blocks leader in Minnesota high-school basketball (men’s or women’s), and at 6-3 showed flashes of athleticism and versatility that could make her a dynamic game changer at both ends of the floor.
Sophomore-to-be Christian Buttenham and junior-to-be Alexa Kastanek will provide shooting and defense on the perimeter, while sophomore-to-be Carly Mohns will help the rebounding.
With another strong incoming freshman class, it should be another exciting year for the Hawkeyes.
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