IOWA CITY, Iowa – “We told them ‘hey, the first poll came out and they have you picked 17th,’ and we thought that was pretty exciting and they actually took it as a challenge in (the sense) that we’re going to be better than that,” said Iowa women’s basketball head coach, Lisa Bluder.
In the eyes of the Big Ten Conference, the Hawkeyes are better than that – ranking second in the preseason poll.
“We’re excited about it but obviously we want to be in that top spot,” said junior guard, Makenzie Meyer.
That desire to be at the top of the Big Ten comes with some pretty hefty goals.
“Two of our big goals are making it to the Elite Eight and winning a Big Ten championship,” added Meyer.
To be in contention for reaching these goals, it requires a tremendous amount of skill, hard work, and veteranship, all of which the Hawkeyes have.
We have improved because of experience,” said Bluder. “We have four starters returning and so we have great experience coming back to this team and a lot of maturity and I think the people that have returned have all increased their game.”
One of those returning players is Makenzie Meyer, a 216 Mason City graduate and Iowa Miss Basketball.
“It’s a lot of hard work,” said Meyer. “We were here over the summer practicing four hours a week and doing strength conditioning workouts for four hours a week.”
Part of that hard work – getting shots up over the summer.
“16,004 (is what) I made,” said Meyer.
Next season, she will once again share the court with her little sister, Megan, also an Iowa Hawkeye commit.
“I’m so excited, we got to play together that one year in high school,” Meyer said. “I’m just really excited to get the opportunity to play with her again.”
The Iowa women’s basketball program opens its 2018-2019 season on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in exhibition against Dakota Wesleyan at 7 PM.