Iowa Women's Basketball

Kathleen Doyle is back for Iowa, but now Makenzie Meyer is a question mark

Meyer is nursing a sore back as No. 16 Hawkeyes prepare for IUPUI

Iowa’s Makenzie Meyer (left) gets back on defense after scoring a layup in the Hawkeyes’ 73-70 win over Iowa State on Wednesday. Meyer is questionable with a sore back, suffered in the final minute of Wednesday’s win. If she is unable to play, Kathleen Doyle will return to the starting lineup. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Iowa’s Makenzie Meyer (left) gets back on defense after scoring a layup in the Hawkeyes’ 73-70 win over Iowa State on Wednesday. Meyer is questionable with a sore back, suffered in the final minute of Wednesday’s win. If she is unable to play, Kathleen Doyle will return to the starting lineup. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Just when you thought the Iowa Hawkeyes finally were playing with a relatively full deck ...

Coach Lisa Bluder revealed Friday that Makenzie Meyer is questionable for Saturday’s women’s basketball game.

“It’s something in her back,” Bluder said. “I don’t know the medical terminology, but a muscle in her back locked up with about a minute left (in the Iowa State game Wednesday). It happened once in high school, too.”

A junior from Mason City, Meyer did not practice Thursday. Medication “did give her a lot of relief,” Bluder said.

If Meyer is able to go, she’ll start when the 16th-ranked Hawkeyes (6-2) host IUPUI (6-2). Tipoff is 2 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

If not, Kathleen Doyle will return to the starting lineup, joining Tania Davis and Alexis Sevillian in the backcourt.

After missing the first seven games with a broken left hand — suffered Nov. 2 — Doyle made a grand debut Wednesday, coming off the bench and scoring 22 points in the Hawkeyes’ 73-70 win over ISU.

A member of the Horizon League, IUPUI won’t be a gimme for the Hawkeyes. The Jaguars have an RPI of 29 and a victory at Mississippi.

“They’re a good team,” Bluder said. “Sometimes you get fooled by all those initials, but they’ve done a really good job.

“And I’m a little worried about a letdown after the big win Wednesday. This will be our third game in seven days. I’m worried about mental and physical fatigue.”

A 6-foot-2 sophomore post, Macee Williams leads the Jaguars at 19.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Before the game, Iowa’s Megan Gustafson will be recognized for her career rebounding record; she set the mark Wednesday and has 1,080 boards for her career. Another milestone is sure to come Saturday: Gustafson’s career scoring total stands at 1,990 points.

Saturday’s game is the last one before final exams. The Hawkeyes will take two days off from practice next week, then host Northern Iowa on Dec. 16.

“It will be a time to work on some individual things, and it will be a time to rest,” Bluder said.

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