Iowa's Makenzie Meyer sidelined with left hand fracture

Dargan Southard
Hawk Central

IOWA CITY, Ia. — The Hawkeyes’ once-deep backcourt has endured another loss.

Iowa's Makenzie Meyer looks for an open teammate during the Hawkeyes' game against Quinnipiac at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

Sophomore guard Makenzie Meyer suffered a fourth metacarpal fracture in her left hand Wednesday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Iowa announced Thursday. The injury occurred during Wednesday’s practice.

The loss comes on the heels of Tania Davis’ season-ending medical meniscus and ACL tear, suffered in Iowa’s Dec. 17 win over Northern Iowa. Meyer’s absence means the No. 21 Hawkeyes (12-1) headed into Thursday’s Big Ten opener at Wisconsin with just three healthy guards — Kathleen Doyle, Alexis Sevillian and walk-on Zion Sanders.

Iowa's Makenzie Meyer draws a foul as she takes a shot during the Hawkeyes' game against Drake at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.

Moving forward, Amanda Ollinger started Thursday and could remain there until Meyer returns. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said the sophomore forward’s minutes were set to increase already after Davis went down, and the Hawkeyes will need every piece it can get after the latest injury news.

Meyer was coming off a career-high 21 points against Drake, buoyed by five 3-pointers in 35 minutes. The 5-foot-9 guard was the team leader in assists (65) and had started every game this season, averaging 11.3 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and 41 percent from deep.    

Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.