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Iowa women's basketball: Hawkeyes' Kathleen Doyle (hand fracture) active against Iowa State

Dargan Southard
Hawk Central

The Hawkeyes got a huge boost ahead of Wednesday’s Cy-Hawk showdown.

Junior guard Kathleen Doyle (hand fracture) is active and is expected to play at least some against Iowa State, a Hawkeyes spokesperson confirmed.

Iowa guard Kathleen Doyle (right) talks with teammates before an NCAA women's basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

Doyle was still wearing a soft brace on her left hand, but she went through pregame warmups like normal.

Doyle fractured her non-shooting hand in practice Nov. 2. She was expected to miss four to six weeks. This Friday marks five weeks since the injury.

“I know I’d like it,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said Monday about a possible Doyle return. “But I just don’t know.”

Even if it’s in a limited capacity, anything from Doyle will boost Iowa’s depth and defensive intensity.    

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.