Miss Basketball winners go head-to-head in Game Time League debuts
Iowa recruits Makenzie Meyer, Kathleen Doyle post strong showings
NORTH LIBERTY — The Iowa women’s basketball team brought in a pair of Miss Basketball award winners, and the duo shined in competition with each other on the opening night of the Game Time League.
Kathleen Doyle, Illinois’ Miss Basketball, and Makenzie Meyer, Iowa’s Miss Basketball, are the next two in line to take over Iowa’s backcourt.
If their Game Time League debuts are any indication, the Iowa backcourt will be in good hands for the forseeable future. The pair of incoming freshmen played on opposing teams and guarded each other for the duration of their game, with the defense turning physical at times.
Doyle tallied 24 points, three rebounds and two assists playing opposite Meyer. Player-coach of the Culvers/Beat the Bookstore team, Bethany Doolittle, an alumna of the Iowa basketball program, said she’d heard the noise surrounding the 5-foot-9 guard, and drafted Doyle to the team based on it.
“I’d heard good things, and I think she lived up to the hype,” Doolittle said. “She sees the floor really well. She’s got a really high basketball IQ for a freshman.”
Doyle, who played point guard for her team, pushed the ball up on almost every missed shot.
When she did not kick the ball out to a teammate, she often pulled up for a mid-range jumper, and more often than not those shots fell.
But both Meyer and Doyle attacked the rim, with each swatting the other on occasion.
Doyle, from the Chicago suburbs and at one time committed to Nebraska, flipped to Iowa after Nebraska coach Connie Yori resigned. Although the Game Time League does not prioritize defense, and it’s only been one game, the Hawkeyes’ late effort on the best high school player in Illinois appears worth it.
She said going up agaisnt Meyer will only help her down the road.
“She’s such a great player,” Doyle said of Meyer. “Getting to go up against her in practice every day and in the Game Time League is going to make us both better. It’s a lot of fun to play against that kind of competition.”
Meyer’s style of play differs from Doyle’s. She also pushed the ball up, but drove to the rim more often than pulling up for a jumper.
The Mason City graduate finished the day with 11 points and two steals, and echoed her Iowa teammate’s words on competing against the other.
“Kathleen and I didn’t really know each other before the season, but she’s been such a great addition and we’ve just really clicked,” Meyer said. “She’s so quick; it’s going to make me appreciate guarding her in the summer so much more when the season starts.”