November 2019

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164 "To compete at that level with intense practices and tryouts is hard mentally and physically," Bluder said. "Kathleen played an integral part of them getting a silver medal; to know she was a big part of them winning a silver medal is pretty amazing." From the Pan Am Games, Doyle joined the Hawkeyes on their three-game tour of Spain from Aug. 7-18. Doyle missed the first game against the Madrid All-Stars, a 74-69 loss. When she arrived, Iowa finished with two wins -- 69-61 over Valencia and 76-57 over the Mataro All-Stars. In two games, Doyle averaged 10.5 points, five rebounds, and four assists. She now prepares for her final season as a collegian. Practices began Sept. 26 and the Hawkeyes play an exhibition against Winona State on Nov. 3. "Our goal is to always win a Big Ten championship, it doesn't matter what other people have coming back," Doyle said. "We have a lot of people who haven't gotten a chance to play significant minutes and we don't know what they will do with those minutes; they could become greats. I'm excited for these younger kids to get a chance to show people what they are made of. ey are tough and that is a huge part of playing in the Big Ten." Doyle is embracing every opportunity of her final go-round as a Hawkeye, but that doesn't make it less sentimental. "It is sad," she said. "I wish I could stay here and play forever."

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