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Hawkeye post OK after moped-car crash

[ 1 ] June 20, 2012 |

NORTH LIBERTY Sophomore post Bethany Doolittle took the opening night of the Game Time League off.

She wasn’t one of the seven Hawkeyes rehabbing from offseason surgery, however. The 6-foot-4 post from Oakdale, Minn., was hit by a car on her moped Wednesday morning.

“It was definitely scary at the time, having to fly off your moped,” Doolittle said. “I was in shock for a little bit.”

According the police incident report, a car knocked Doolittle off her moped shortly after 7 a.m. at the corner of Burlington and South Linn streets.

Doolittle said she was heading to a workout and had the right of way.

“I’m just thankful I didn’t have a more serious injury,” Doolittle said. “My left leg took most of the hit.”

Doolittle was examined by a paramedic at the scene, but only had superficial cuts and bruises. She was wearing her helmet — an Iowa team rule.

“Mopeds are very convenient, but there is also a dangerous side to it,” Doolittle said. “You have to be safe. Some drivers out there, you can’t control what they do.”

No charges were filed in the incident.

Iowa doesn’t need another player on the shelf. The Hawkeyes have enough players recovering from injuries this summer.

“Everyone is rehabbing,” sophomore Sam Logic said. “It’s ridiculous. We have just as many people rehabbing when we scrimmage as we have out on the court playing.

“We want to get everyone back out there, but it’s not worth it to rush it in the summer. We want them to get in games for the season.”

Among the injured:

Senior Jaime Printy is rehabbing following ACL surgery in February. She wasn’t at the GTL opener Wednesday, but Logic said she hoped to be back and start practicing in October or November.

Senior Morgan Johnson didn’t play Wednesday but plans to play next week in the GTL and increase her time on the court every week.

“Sadly, I’m not as healthy as I want to be,” Johnson said. “But at the same time, I’m better than I was in the season.”

Johnson, who is studying for the MCAT this summer (she takes the test July 14) hopes to find a way to mitigate the pain for one more year.

“I’d like to get back to that place where I can play a whole game and not be in pain,” Johnson said.

Junior Theairra Taylor had a cyst removed from her meniscus in her left knee in the offseason.

“The cyst was large and protruding out of my knee,” Taylor said. “It feels much better.”

Taylor said the cyst hurt her last season and she is feeling better with it removed. She plans to slowly work back into scrimmages and the GTL.

Sophomore Melissa Dixon had a stress reaction — which is a step below a stress fracture — in her right foot in early May.

She wore a boot for four weeks and just got out of it two weeks ago.

“I started running this week, so hopefully, it’ll be soon I can start playing,” Dixon said.

Sophomore Kathryn Reynolds tore her ACL in early April and is expected to miss most, if not all of the season.

Freshman Claire Till had surgery Jan. 20. She originally had surgery her sophomore year at Dubuque Wahlert and played with pain the next few years.

“It got bad enough I needed to fix it again,” Till said.

She had a cartilage transplant and a tibial tuberosity and now is feeling better than ever. Till hope to be full go by the fall, and may play some in late summer.

“This is the best I’ve felt since I had my first surgery,” Till said. “Things are looking great.”

Freshman Nicole Smith had ACL surgery in March, on the same knee she injured the summer before her junior year of high school.

The 6-4 post was told it was just a tear when she got hurt in January but found out it was 99 percent torn later and had surgery.

“I’m doing pretty good,” Smith said. “I haven’t started really running yet and am trying to build up my strength.”

The Game Time League continues Wednesday and on six more dates in July.

“It’s crazy,” Dixon said of the injuries. “But everyone is doing good in therapy, and hopefully, everyone will be ready to go in the fall.”

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