Feb. 29, 2008
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Johanna Solverson concluded her final women’s basketball game inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday by compiling 13 points, six assists and three steals during a 68-42 victory over Northwestern.
Afterwards, during a brief ceremony recognizing the seniors from the 2007-08 team, one Hawkeye teammate joked that Solverson had three years to prepare for her closing remarks in a postgame address to Hawkeye fans.
Life as a collegiate basketball player has been a growing — and sometimes painful — experience for Solverson. Many moments were far from being a laughing matter. Two ACL injuries might have slowed Solverson, a sixth-year senior, but they also made her stronger, both inside and out.
Solverson and the Hawkeyes are a victory away from clinching at least a share of the Big Ten Conference regular-season championship. During her career, Solverson has scored 1,067 points, putting her 20th on the all-time Hawkeye career scoring list. This season she has averaged 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and a team-high 3.4 assists in 28 games. Iowa is 19-9 overall, 12-5 in the conference heading into Sunday’s crucial clash at Wisconsin.
Jeff Smith, a contributing writer for Big Ten.org, chronicles Solverson during her final season at the UI. To read the entire feature story, click HERE.
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