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Iowa coach Lisa Bluder discusses her team’s earning of a No. 6 NCAA Tournament seed. Chad Leistikow / The Register

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Ahead of what is expected to be the most promising season in recent memory, the Iowa women’s basketball team is already dealing with an injury setback.

Freshman guard Kate Martin will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in her left knee, Iowa announced Friday. The injury occurred last weekend.

Martin will redshirt and have four years of eligibility remaining. She will undergo surgery at the end of June.

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A two-time all-state and all-metro honoree, Martin would’ve likely provided backcourt depth behind guards Mackenzie Meyer, Alexis Sevillian, Kathleen Doyle and Tania Davis.

But as the Hawkeyes learned last season following Davis’ own ACL tear in December, you can never have too many guards. Martin’s injury depletes that depth a bit more.

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

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