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IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes have been dealt a major hit in post depth.
Sharon Goodman, a sophomore from Lime Springs and a backup center to Monika Czinano, has suffered a season-ending ACL tear in her right knee.
“That was a big loss,” Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder said at Big Ten media day Thursday in Indianapolis. “Sharon was playing great. She was a tremendous backup to Monika because she was so strong.”
Goodman played in all 30 games last season, averaging 3.7 points, and 2.1 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per contest.
“She was playing at a better level this year, this summer, than last year,” Bluder said. “So her game had really improved. I was really expecting big things from Sharon.”
Bluder said Thursday that Addi O’Grady, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Denver, Colo., will move into the backup role behind Czinano, a reigning first-team all-Big Ten pick.
Iowa (20-10 and a Sweet 16 team last year) is a projected preseason top-10 team in 2021-22 and will be picked to contend for the Big Ten title along with Maryland, Indiana and Michigan.
The Hawkeyes open the season with a preseason game Nov. 4 against Truman State.