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NORTH LIBERTY — Carly Mohns has been transitioning almost seamlessly to the next level of her basketball career.
The Iowa freshman forward from Brodhead, Wis., quickly found out after arriving in Iowa City that a crash course awaited here.
She would be playing against and alongside future Iowa teammates in the women’s basketball Game Time League at the North Liberty Community Center.
With the summer league season almost completed, Mohns said the experience has left her more prepared to put on a Hawkeye jersey once official practice starts this fall. She said having veteran Iowa guard Melissa Dixon on her Game Time League squad certainly helped the transition.
“I’ve gotten to know her style of play, and I have learned to know how to play around her,” Mohns said last night during the opening night of playoff action.
“She gives pointers all the time, and shows that’s how (Iowa) plays. It’s little things like where to set a screen and how to play against it. It’s a challenge just to see what you’re going to be working with in the season, (and) it’s a lot of fun.”
Mohns recorded 17 rebounds, seven assists and five points in an 83-72 loss last night.
Dixon speculated that the 6-foot-1 Mohns could get significant playing time as a freshman for the Hawkeyes this season.
If she’s able to continue the success she experienced during her senior year of high school when she averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds a game, Mohns could be a good option for Coach Lisa Bluder to send in for rebounding and inside scoring.
Mohns displayed good instincts around the basket last night. Both of her field goals were putbacks of missed shots by teammates. According to Dixon, having that kind of intuition and ability is a good starting point for Mohns to have a successful career at Iowa.
“She’s a physical player who does what you want her to do,” Dixon said. “She’s a good rebounder who can score. She can do the little things that go unnoticed that are really important in a player.
“We have more depth this year, so she should be able to help us out. I’m trying to get her in the flow of things and teach her how we play at Iowa.”
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