It’s a great time to be a fan of Iowa women’s basketball. The Hawkeyes enter the 2022-23 women’s college basketball season after a 24-8 season that included a share of the Big Ten regular season championship and the Big Ten Tournament title.
Of course, Iowa returns one of the frontrunners for national player of the year honors in point guard Caitlin Clark. The 6-foot junior from West Des Moines just capped a season where she led Division I in both points and assists per game with averages of 27 points and eight assists per contest.
In the process, Clark became the first women’s college basketball player to accomplish that feat. She also averaged eight rebounds per contest.
Last season, she was named Big Ten Player of the Year, earned unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honors and also earned Big Ten Tournament MVP and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Clark was named the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year and was the Dawn Staley Guard of the Year Award recipient, becoming the first student-athlete to win the Dawn Staley Award in consecutive seasons. She was also a finalist for the Naismith Award, the WBCA Wade Trophy, the John R. Wooden Award and the Honda Sport Award.
Joining Clark is a nucleus of talented players that will have the Hawkeyes back in the mix for both of the Big Ten championships next season as well as one of the contenders for the national championships once the 2023 NCAA Tournament rolls around.
Forward Monika Czinano is back after registering averages of 21.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Guards McKenna Warnock, Kate Martin and Gabbie Marshall all return as well. That trio averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds, 7.2 points and 6.8 points, respectively. Warnock and Marshall connected on 40.4% and 39.3% of their 3-point tries last season.
With all of that excitement in tow for the 2022-23 season, there’s really no better time than the present to parlay it into recruiting successes. Iowa head women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder and her staff have stayed busy this offseason as they look to bolster this current roster and ensure exciting basketball stays in Iowa City for years to come.
Let’s take a look at an addition from last month to next season’s roster and break down six recent offers the Hawkeye staff has doled out.
Molly Davis, transfer guard – Central Michigan:
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Iowa women’s basketball announced on May 18 that it had signed Central Michigan transfer Molly Davis. The 5-foot-7 guard is a senior-to-be with two years of collegiate eligibility remaining due to the COVID-19 bonus year.
Davis led Central Michigan in scoring, assists, steals and free throws made last season, averaging 18.6 points, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. She knocked down 94 free throws on the season and also finished second on the team in 3-pointers made with 52.
Davis picked up first-team All-MAC honors last season and she’s surpassed 32-plus points five times throughout her college career.
“I am thrilled to have Molly join our Hawkeye family. Molly is a proven Division I guard with outstanding offensive skills and a hardnosed defensive mindset. She will provide us with needed depth at our point guard position, while also having the capability to play off guard because of her shooting range. In addition, Molly has a high basketball IQ with a team-first mindset. I am excited to work with her! ” Bluder said in a statement last month.
Bryn Martin, class of 2025 shooting guard offer – Springboro High School:
Bryn Martin is a class of 2025 shooting guard from Springboro High School in Ohio. The 6-foot recruit also plays for the Cincy Angels. She announced on June 19 that the Hawkeyes had offered.
Aniya Trent, class of 2025 wing offer – Springboro High School:
Ranked by ESPN’s HoopGurlz as the nation’s No. 24 player in the 2025 class, the 6-foot-2 wing is already on Iowa’s radar. Aniya Trent is also teammates with Martin at Springboro High School and on the Cincy Angels. She announced her offer from Iowa on June 19.
Maddyn Greenway, class of 2026 point guard offer – Providence Academy:
The high school freshman-to-be is out of Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minn. She’s the daughter of former Hawkeye great linebacker, Chad Greenway.
Maddyn Greenway announced after her recent visit that she had received an offer from the Hawkeyes. The 5-foot-8 point guard is already a standout performer that should only continue to grow and add to her impressive game.
Addison Bjorn, class of 2026 point guard offer – Park Hill South:
According to Prep Girls Hoops, Addison Bjorn is a 6-foot point guard in the 2026 class. She’s out of Park Hill South in Missouri and also plays on Della Lamb. Bjorn picked up an offer from the Hawkeyes on June 19.
Ava Miles, class of 2026 shooting guard offer – Park Hill South:
Ava Miles, a 6-foot shooting guard in the 2026 class, is teammates with Bjorn at Park Hill South. Miles also picked up her Hawkeyes offer after a recent visit.
Sydney Savory, class of 2027 guard offer – Sports City U:
The final offer on this list is actually the one that Iowa extended earliest. Class of 2027 guard Sydney Savory reported an offer from the Hawkeyes on April 28. She also has offers from both Michigan and Purdue and plays for AAU squad Sports City U.
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