1-on-1: Bethany Doolittle

Oct. 29, 2013

In our countdown to the start of the 2013-14 hoops season, we will feature all 11 Hawkeyes.

Bethany Doolittle is a junior from Oakdale, Minn. The former Hill-Murray High School standout wears No. 51 for the Hawkeyes.

The center was named Academic All-Big Ten in 2013. She started all 34 games and ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 63rd in the NCAA with 1.7 blocks per game. Doolittle scored in double figures in 11 contests.

Iowa opens the regular season Nov. 8, hosting UC Riverside inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the Hawkeye Challenge at 6 p.m.

What is it like working with this coaching staff?
“It’s awesome. They are all really great women, and a lot of people say it’s another set of mothers because they are all so family-oriented. It’s a family here on our team, and it’s a really great environment.”

Key factor in recruitment:
“I chose Iowa because of the atmosphere that the people here create. Hawkeye fans are the best in the Big Ten. People come to the games and it’s a crazy environment. The people here are what made it for me. Everyone here loves the Hawks!”

Facet of game you are working on:
“I was a power forward and now am going back to center, so I am working on my range outside of the post.”

Team goals:
“We definitely want to make the NCAA tournament. We have been there each of the last six years, and having the opportunity to have that game at home again this year is one of our biggest goals.”

Story behind your jersey number:
“I have had it most of my life. My sister wore it when she was in high school, so that’s why I wear it.”

Pre-game ritual/superstitions:
“Not really. I listen to music before games, but no superstitions.”

Summer free time:
“I went on a trip with Kathryn Reynolds to Europe, and that was really fun. I also enjoy hanging out at my cabin or with my friends at home.”

Hobbies: Eating, sleeping, cooking, watching movies, and more eating
Other Sport: I like watching football
Male Athlete: Kevin Garnett
Female Athlete: Lindsay Whalen
Pro Team: Timberwolves/Lynx
Movie: Bridesmaids
Restaurant: Fogo de Chao
Band/Musician: Drake
Store: The grocery store (Hy-Vee)
TV Show: Dexter, Saturday Night Live
Midnight Snack: Ice cream…or anything really
Spot on Campus: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
City: Minneapolis/St. Paul, London, Paris