College Womens Basketball

'Antsy' Makenzie Meyer remains sidelined

Women's basketball: No. 17 Iowa hosts Purdue on Saturday

Makenzie Meyer (right) reacts with teammate Tania Davis to a play in Iowa’s win over Michigan in a women’s basketball game Dec. 31. Meyer will not be available for the Hawkeyes’ game Saturday against Purdue, Coach Lisa Bluder said Wednesday. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Makenzie Meyer (right) reacts with teammate Tania Davis to a play in Iowa’s win over Michigan in a women’s basketball game Dec. 31. Meyer will not be available for the Hawkeyes’ game Saturday against Purdue, Coach Lisa Bluder said Wednesday. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Not yet. The best-case scenario for Makenzie Meyer’s return to the Iowa women’s basketball team was two weeks. It’s going to be a little longer.

“She won’t play Saturday,” Coach Lisa Bluder said in a press conference Wednesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. “They did an additional X-ray, and they pushed it back another week.

“Two weeks was highly optimistic. Now, we’re looking at three.”

A sophomore from Mason City, Meyer suffered a broken bone in her left (non-shooting) hand in practice Dec. 27.

“Makenzie has handled it really well on the outside, but on the inside, she’s getting antsy,” Bluder said. “I’m getting antsy too.”

No. 17 Iowa (15-2 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) has won three of four games since Meyer was injured. The Hawkeyes host Purdue at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Meyer is averaging 11.3 points per game. She is shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line. This is the first time in her career that she has missed time due to injury.

Kathleen Doyle went through a similar stretch earlier this season, missing two games with an ankle sprain.

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“It’s no fun, riding a stationary bike and doing conditioning,” Doyle said. “I know her spirits are great, but she’s got to heal up so she can help us. I know it’s testing her patience. She’s getting restless.”

Iowa is without junior guard Tania Davis for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

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