The Game Time basketball league kicked off its 12th season June 20 at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
Three of the five Hawkeye recruits were in action and all of them were on the same team.
Mike Stoermer, who coaches the Coralville Hy-Vee team, picked Kali Peschel in the second round, Kayla Timmerman in the third and junior college transfer Kathryn Thomas in the fifth.
Claire Till and Nicole Smith, the other two recruits, are rehabbing knee injuries.
Kali, a 6-1 guard/forward, had 18 points and 11 rebounds in her opening game.
Mike said Kali is versatile and could play three positions for the Hawkeyes.
“She’s definitely the prime recruit,” said Mike. “There is no question about it. She’s ready to step in and play right away.”
Kali showed she can handle the ball and also hit 4-5 from the three-point line.
“On my high school team I played everything,” said Kali. “It is really fun being able to play everything. I love getting in and mixing it up in the post, too. I love playing the game so every part of it is awesome.”
Kali is playing with Kayla, Kathryn and Trisha Nesbitt and thinks it will help when the season starts.
“This is a great time to get used to playing with them,” said Kali. “To get kind of in a swing and know how they play so I really have a fun time playing with them. They are great girls.”
Kali said it has been an adjustment living in Iowa City.
“It was hard at first but I love it there now,” said Kali. “I’m used to the schedule. I love the girls and it’s a fun town and great people to be around.”
Kayla Timmerman is a 6-3 forward/center that likes to mix it up down low.
“I think she will battle Bethany Doolittle for the backup for Morgan Johnson,” said Mike. “She has a lot of size, can rebound well and she can step out and shoot the three.”
Kathryn Thomas was a late addition at point guard. She played one year at Highland Community College in Kansas.
Kathy averaged 20.3 points per game, led her juco team to a 28-4 record and was named first team NJCAA All American.
Kathy showed some good quickness and can play defense.
“She’s pretty strong,” Mike said. “I think she’s going to develop into being a nice role player for the Hawks.”
Kathy has three years of eligibility to play for Iowa.
Samantha Logic, who will be a sophomore, came on strong during the second half of the season.
Samantha started all 31 games, was a unanimous selection for the All-Big Ten freshman team, broke the school record by a freshman with 136 assists and led the team in rebounding 14 times.
Being a sophomore, Samantha can take more of a leadership role.
“We had a great leader in Kamille,” said Samantha. “You probably won’t find a better one setting examples and just an all-around person Kamille is and was for us. We have great leaders on this team.”
Samantha has worked out with the new players and is looking forward to playing with them.
“We’re really excited to have them,” said Samantha, who had seven double-doubles last year. “They are all over six foot besides Kathy, which is definitely a little different compared to our other guards. They are going to have to play a pretty fundamental role in what we do next year.”
Theairra Taylor finally made it through a full season without injuring a knee.
As a freshman she played in 10 games, starting eight before going down with an injury.
Theairra averaged eight points, five rebounds and had 13 steals before going out. She had a career-high 16 points in her first start against William and Mary. She also had nine boards, five assists and three blocks in that game.
Theairra injured her knee in preseason practice her sophomore year, missed the whole season and got a medical redshirt.
Last year, the 5-11 redshirt junior, played in all 31 games and had a season-high 14 points and six rebounds against California.
Theairra said she will get the knee brace off after Game Time is over and hopes to finish strong in her last two years.
“I’m feeling better and my anxiety is less,” said Theairra. “I wasn’t getting as sick before games. If I can get rid of that, I think it will be pretty good.”
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said that Theairra is reacting more and not thinking so much.
“I’m just letting my basketball instincts kick in instead of over-thinking everything,” Theairra said.
Theairra also likes the new recruits that will add depth and more size for the Hawkeyes.
So far, the three that have been playing should all see some time on the court with Kali Peschel having a chance to start.