Iowa coach Lisa Bluder probably thought she had another 14 months to think about what life without Jaime Printy in the lineup was going to be like.
Unfortunately, the junior will be in street clothes today. Printy tore her ACL Thursday night in the overtime win over Wisconsin and will miss the rest of the season.
But if there ever might be a Big Ten game which Iowa could find out how to play without its top scorer, a trip to Indiana (5-18, 0-10) might be it.
The Hoosiers have lost all 10 Big Ten games they’ve played, and by an average margin of 19.4 points. Their closest loss was by seven points at home to Northwestern.
Moving on without Printy, who had started every game of her Iowa career — a string of 88 straight — might be difficult.
Printy led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 16.9 points per game. More than that, Printy was the offense ignitor with a team-best 4.2 assists per game and 125 free throw attempts.
Freshman Melissa Dixon, who rejoined the Hawkeyes after missing seven games with a knee injury, is listed as the starter for the Hawkeyes.
Dixon averages 5.9 points per game as the top-scoring sub off the bench.
She will need to take up some of the shooting slack left by Printy, who far and away led the team with 14.3 shot attempts per game.
Printy’s also may force starters Morgan Johnson, Kamille Wahlin, Kelly Krei and Samantha Logic to look for their shot more often.
Her loss also shortens the Hawkeye bench. Sophomore Theairra Taylor (109) and freshman post Bethany Doolittle (115) are the only players left on the with significant minutes in Big Ten play.
Senior Kalli Hansen (51) is out with an injury. Freshman forward Virginia Johnson (33), junior guard Trisha Nesbitt (20) and freshman guard Kathryn Reynolds (10) have played sparingly.
Iowa has won two straight and had its RPI improve to 50th on RealTimeRPI.com. Even without Printy, the Hawkeyes can make the NCAA Tournament for a fifth-straight season.
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