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Hawks’ Printy ready to go

[ 0 ] October 17, 2012 |

There are 22 days between now and when the Iowa women’s basketball team takes the court for its first game of the season against Northern Illinois.

Senior Jaime Printy — who had ACL surgery in February — is confident she’ll be ready to go.

“I think I’ll be ready to go the first game,” Printy said.

“I can’t tell you if she’ll be 100 percent at that point,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I can tell you that she’s working as hard as she can to get to that point.”

Printy is doing nearly everything in practice right now, eight months removed from her surgery. Bluder is keeping her out of rebounding drills and won’t have her crash the boards during games anymore.

But the plan is to give Printy the green light to drive and score.

“We want her to still attack the basket,” Bluder said. “That’s a part of who Jaime is and that makes her a better 3-point shooter.”

Printy is one of the top scorers in program history (currently 11th on the all-time list).

She tore her ACL last season and missed the final eight games.

Iowa went on an eight-game winning streak to close out the regular season and earn a fifth-straight NCAA Tournament berth.

“Whatever happens with me, they’ll still find a way to get it done,” Printy said. “They did last year. I believe in my team so much.”

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Iowa has five new faces this season — four freshman and JUCO transfer Kathy Thomas.

Bluder has never been shy about playing freshmen and expects to get contributions from the group — particularly 6-foot-1 guard Kali Peschel.

“First of all, she’s a darn good basketball player,” Bluder said.

“Second of all, she’s versatile, she can play a number of positions.”

Peschel tore her ACL in June 2011 and missed most of her senior season. She is a 3-point shooter with size who can back up several spots.

“Any role the coach wants me to take on, I will,” Peschel said. “They definitely like my outside shot.”

Sophomore guard Kathy Thomas was brought in to help back up the point when Kathryn Reynolds tore her ACL in the spring.

Kayla Timmerman, a 6-3 forward, will back up Morgan Johnson in the post. So will 6-4 Nicole Smith when she recovers from her ACL injury.

Claire Till is a 6-foot guard — like Peschel — who can play several spots.

RECRUITING DONE: Assistant coach Jan Jensen said the door was closed on the 2013 recruiting class.

Iowa will add 5-11 guard Ally Disterhoft of West High and 5-10 wing Alexa Kastanek of Lincoln Southeast (Neb.) in the early signing period.

Disterhoft is ranked No. 69 and Kastanek No. 100 in the ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100.

Jensen said Iowa is looking ahead to a “loaded” 2014 class and is hoping to get four players in that class.

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