Nov. 8, 2013
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In our countdown to the start of the 2013-14 hoops season, we will feature all 11 Hawkeyes. Today, we feature freshman Ally Disterhoft.
Disterhoft is an Iowa City native. The former West High School standout wears No. 2 for the Hawkeyes. Disterhoft (6-foot-0) was one of 40 high school seniors selected to the 2013 PARADE All-America Girls Basketball Team.
Iowa opens the regular season tonight, hosting UC Riverside inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the Hawkeye Challenge at 6 p.m.
What is it like working with the coaching staff?
“It’s been a great time so far. They are all so knowledgeable and I have really enjoyed learning from them and learning about the program. They are great coaches and we have a great atmosphere.”
Key factor in recruitment:
“The coaches genuinely care about you. Not just as basketball players, but as women. I know that we can go in and talk to them. And the team is great. We have a great team chemistry, so that all helped.”
Facet of game you are working on:
“I think my physicality. We have worked a lot in the weight room to get stronger.”
“We are trying to take it week by week. We have set some practice goals, working on specifics. But we want to win a certain number of games, make it back to the (NCAA) tournament. Mostly, working hard day in and day out.”
Story behind your jersey number:
“Growing up in Iowa City, I went to a lot of the basketball games, men’s and women’s. I had the biggest crush on (former Iowa men’s basketball player) Jeff Horner, and he wore No. 2, and it has stuck from then on.”
“I have to put on my right shoe first. I also have this weird OCD thing where if I tap something with my right hand, I have to tap it with my left to balance it out. It’s really weird.”
Summer free time:
“We like to watch Bridesmaids. We love to quote it. We like to hang out, enjoy our time, and go to the (Coralville) Res in the summers.”
Hobbies: Shooting at Carver, boating at the res (Coralville Reservoir), hanging out with friends and family
Other Sport: volleyball
Male Athlete: Michael Jordan
Female Athlete: Candace Parker
Pro Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Movie: Bridesmaids, Love & Basketball, The Notebook
Restaurant: Hamburg Inn or Three Samurai
Band/Musician: Drake, 2 Chainz, Katy Perry, Goo Goo Dolls
TV Show: Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Nashville
Midnight Snack: Ramen Noodles (#thedormlife)
Spot on Campus: Carver-Hawkeye Arena or the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center
City: Iowa City, Iowa