IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes’ already-depleted backcourt got another jolt Friday morning.
Kathleen Doyle, a preseason all-Big Ten women’s basketball pick, suffered a third and fourth metacarpal fracture in her left (non-shooting) hand in practice. She is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
That timetable leaves her out until early to mid-December.
The short-term loss of Doyle throws a wrench into the optimism of the Hawkeyes, ranked 13th in the preseason rankings by the Associated Press (they haven’t been higher since 1997) and No. 17 by the coaches.
A junior from LaGrange Park, Ill., Doyle averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game last season as the Hawkeyes went 24-8 and reached the NCAA tournament.
The other primary point guard, senior Tania Davis is working back from her second ACL tear and is questionable for the Hawkeyes’ exhibition game Tuesday against Dakota Wesleyan. Freshman guard Kate Martin suffered an ACL tear last summer and will redshirt.
Until Davis returns, sophomore Alexis Sevillian will work the point with junior Makenzie Meyer at the shooting guard. Depth will come from junior Amanda Ollinger and freshman Tomi Taiwo.
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