There aren’t a lot of slow times for coach Lisa Bluder and the Iowa women’s basketball program these days, but Wednesday has to rank as one of the busiest.
The Hawkeyes picked up their third win of the season just hours after Bluder announced the signing of four new players on the opening day of the early signing period.
Iowa received a national letter of intent from high school standouts Carly Mohns (Brodhead, Wis.), Whitney Jennings (Logansport, Ind.), Christina Buttenham (Hamilton, Ontario) and Chase Coley (Minneapolis, Min.) Wednesday.
The recruiting class is ranked 28th nationally by Blue Star Basketball.
“We are really pleased with our recruiting class,” Bluder said. “We feel like we met all of our needs that we wanted to in signing basically one of every position.”
A 6-foot-3 forward from Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Coley is an ESPN HoopGurlz top 100 recruit.
Coley averaged 20.0 points, 17.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 4.9 steals and 8.8 blocked shots per game last season.
“Chase is a slender post but she runs the floor and she will be really good in our up-tempo style,” Bluder said. “She is an excellent shot blocker.”
A 6-foot-1 forward, Mohns tore her ACL at the end of her sophomore year but returned to average 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as junior.
“She is a blue collar kid,” Bluder said of Mohns. “She is only 6-1 but she takes on 6-4 kids all the time and it doesn’t bother her. She isn’t going to shy away from anything we give her.”
Jennings is a 5-foot-5 point guard who gave her verbal commitment to Iowa in October.
Already the leading scorer in school history, Jennings has scored 1,778 points in her high school career and has averaged 6.8 assists and 3.6 steals during her first three prep seasons.
“We felt like we had to have that point guard come in that could learn from Sam (Logic) for a year and then take over that position,” Bluder said. “We have that in Whitney. She is very fun to watch.”
Buttenham is a 6-foot forward from Hamilton, Ontario who attends St. Mary Catholic Secondary School and played on the Canadian National U-17 team that won a bronze medal at the FIBA World Cadette championship in the Netherlands.
Buttenham will be the first international player to play for Bluder at Iowa.
“Christina comes in with that international experience and that is nice,” Bluder said. “Her footwork is so good on defense and she competes really hard all the time.”
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