Kalidoesn’t exactly fit the mold of summer league superstar.
In two seasons at Iowa,has made her biggest contributions on the defensive end of the court.
The junior has been known mostly for rebounding and hustle during her time as a Hawkeye, a pair of attributes often absent from summer league play where offense reigns.
In this summer’s Game Time League,is working to show she can be more than a defender.
has continued her rebounding prowess in Game Time League play, evident by her 21 rebounds Wednesday night, but is using the weekly summer league to work on her evolving offensive game.
The 6-foot-1had a summer-high 33 points in her team’s 116-65 win over Cullen Painting/ Iowa City at the North Liberty Community Center.
“For me, this is a time when I do get to score and do something besides kind of the dirty work,”said. “Workouts with the coaches and our own individual workouts are the areas where we are going to really improve, but this is a great chance to get up and down the court a little bit, work on some things and get to see our fans and give them a chance to watch us.”
started 19 games a season ago as a sophomore and finished fifth on the team in rebounding with 3.9 per game.
She also filled a key role in post defense for the Hawkeyes last season.
As she prepares to enter her junior season,is intent to show that she can be a regular contributor on the offensive end of the court as well, and sees Game Time League games as the perfect opportunity to work on her offensive output.
“This is the perfect time for me to be able to work on some things offensive against some defense,”said. “I definitely want to try to contribute offensively more to the team next year if I can, so this is a great time for trial and error for me to see what I can do and what I can’t do.”
So far this summer,has been able to do plenty.
She has scored at least 19 points in all five Game Time League contests and is one rebound in a July 9 game from notching a double-double in every game.
is averaging 25 points and 17 rebounds per game this summer.
“I feel like I’m getting a lot stronger in the weight room, and then working with the coaches, I’m getting a lot more confidence,”said. “I’m still working on the shooting aspect and other little details, but I think I’m making a lot of progress.”
The next step foris taking the offensive improvement she has shown this summer and transferring it to the regular season.
That is something, a career 2.8 point per game scorer through two seasons, is confident she will do as a junior.
“I know exactly what to expect and I know what the coaches want out of me,”said. “This year, I’m hoping will be my year to really show them what I can do.”
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