After one of the best seasons in school history, the question for this Hawkeyes women’s basketball team is what will they do for an encore. Lisa Bluder made it very clear early in her press conference on media day that this will be a team with a new identity, along with a new offense, as they try to make it back to the NCAA Tournament.
“We know what we lost,” Bluder said. “We lost three key ingredients, three terrific starters that had tremendous experience for our basketball team, but this team is not ready to throw up the white flag. This is an opportunity to go back to more of a guard-based offense. For them, it’s really fun. You have an opportunity to drive and dish and hit open threes.”
“It is gonna be fun to get up and down the court and play on the perimeter more,” Iowa senior guard Makenzie Meyer said. “I think we’re looking forward to the opportunity. This year we really know what it takes if we want to get back to the NCAA Tournament and if we want to get back to the NCAA Tournament, so I think that’s a big advantage for us. It’s really fun to prove people wrong.”
“We know what we have in our locker room,” Iowa senior guard Kathleen Doyle said. “We believe in each other and our abilities. We just have to go and prove it. I mean, you never know what’s gonna happen in a season. We definitely have a chip on our shoulder, because we still have that belief in ourselves.”
The Hawks will put that new offense to the test this weekend in a closed scrimmage against Creighton. Things get started for real in two weeks at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Florida Atlantic.