Printy returning to form for Hawkeyes

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — Iowa guard Jaime Printy is healthy and available for the women’s basketball team, about eight months after tearing the ACL in her left knee.

“I’m feeling really good,” Printy said. “I’m doing almost the whole three hours of practice and I’m scrimmaging and I’m getting there. I’m really close.”

Printy, of Marion, was the Hawkeyes’ leading scorer last year and is one of the nation’s top 3-point shooters. Her offensive skills have had little drop-off, and she’s taken steps defensively during this recovery.

“(Wednesday), she took a charge against a guy in practice, and I just smiled at her because that’s another hurdle,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “Every day we kind of go through those hurdles, and when you learn that your knee is OK and it can take those things, that’s most of the battle ... the mental part of it.”

Iowa senior center Morgan Johnson was named to the women’s preseason coaches’ team. Johnson was second team All-Big Ten last season.

“She brings a joy to practice every day that you just don’t get, especially out of big girls,” Bluder said. “I mean, big girls are usually a little bit quieter; they’re not the ones that talk a lot. She is exuberant every day in practice.”

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