After having ACL surgery in February, Jaime Printy spent the offseason doing whatever she could to get back on the court for the Hawkeyes.
The senior had come far enough to be listed as a starter for Sunday’s exhibition opener against Quincy until a hamstring injury sidelined her Thursday morning.
“It kind of stinks,” Printy said. “But we have good trainers here, they’ll get me back as soon as they can. I’m not too worried about it.”
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder did not put a timetable on how long Printy might sit out. The Hawkeyes open the season Nov. 9 against Northern Illinois.
“It will not keep her out the year, but she did strain a hamstring and that can keep you out for a significant amount of time,” Bluder said.
Printy missed the final eight game last season with a torn ACL, but was ahead of schedule in her rehabilitation.
She was working full speed in practic, and participated in a closed scrimmage against Creighton this past weekend.
“It felt great to get out there, back on the court with all my teammates,” Printy said. “I think when I’m out there and playing, I don’t think about (my ACL) at all. It’s back to normal for the most part.”
Iowa needs Printy and her 1,409 career points as it seeks a sixth straight NCAA Tournament bid this season. But good news is, the Hawkeyes are used to playing without her.
Sophomore Melissa Dixon will start at off-guard for Printy on Sunday. Dixon started the final eight games for Iowa and averaged 8.5 points.
“There’s always a benefit when somebody gets injured,” Bluder said. “The benefit of Jaime getting hurt last year was that Melissa became comfortable as a starter.”
Aside from Dixon, the starting line-up for Iowa includes two returning starters — sophomore Samantha Logic at point guard and senior Morgan Johnson at center.
Junior guard Theairra Taylor will get her first start since her freshman season in 2009-10.
Six-foot-4 sophomore Bethany Doolittle will make her first start at power forward after backing up Johnson at center last year.
“We’re getting progressively better at playing a double low post,” Bluder said. “It gives us more versatility.”
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