By Don Lund
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams opened last weekend and both had major injuries.
Let’s start with the women, who won their first two games.
Nicole Smith only got to play three minutes in the exhibition opener before she hurt her knee. She will miss 10-14 weeks after having surgery last Friday.
Coach Lisa Bluder said Nicole worked hard in the off season, was in great shape and ready to help the Hawkeyes inside as she is the tallest player on the team at 6-4.
That leaves nine scholarship players.
Iowa’s women opened up with a 70-56 win over UC Riverside.
During media day, coach Bluder told Samantha Logic she needed to score more this season.
It’s great when a player listens to their coach and Samantha started out with 28 points including 1-1 from 3-point land.
Samantha was all over the court, grabbing seven rebounds and handing out five assists.
It was good to see Kali Peschel lead the team with 11 boards.
With Nicole Smith out, Iowa will be in an eight-player rotation. All eight played at least 15 minutes and the Hawks were running, with a 14-0 advantage in fast-break points.
The second game was an 97-93 overtime win over 14th-ranked Dayton.
You start with six players in double-figures, Logic with 14 assists, Peschel with 14 rebounds and Ally Disterhoft with 19 points off the bench.
That’s the way Lisa Bluder coaches basketball, and when you add 30 assists on 34 shots, Iowa had its second win.
The men opened with two victories also. The bad news is Josh Oglesby broke a small bone in his foot, had surgery last Friday and will be out for at least six weeks.
Josh struggled from 3-point range last year but was a good defender on the perimeter.
In the first game last Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hawkeyes came out strong and smoked UNC Wilmington, 82-39.
Everyone played and no one played for over 20 minutes.
Jarrod Uthoff came off the bench to lead Iowa with 14 points, including 1-1 from 3-point range and 3-4 from the free throw line.
Jarrod will be a tough match up at 6-9, especially if he continues to hit the three.
Gabe Olaseni had eight points, seven boards and five blocks and he only played 17 minutes.
The Hawkeyes’ 10-man rotation all scored and Iowa had 12 blocked shots.
Iowa was in a battle the second game beating Nebraska-Omaha 83-75.
Iowa trailed most of the game but Aaron White (20 points, 15 rebounds) Zach McCabe (12 points) and Devyn Marble (15 points) stepped up and the Hawks are 2-0.
Nine Hawkeyes scored and all 10 had rebounds.