IOWA CITY — Patience remains the name of Makenzie Meyer’s game this week.
The starting guard for the 17th-rated Iowa women’s basketball team will remain off the court for at least one more week to allow a broken bone in her non-shooting hand to fully heal.
"Makenzie has handled it really well on the outside, but on the inside, she’s getting antsy," coach Lisa Bluder said Wednesday. "I get that. I’m a little antsy for her to be back out there. We all set ourselves up for it to be two weeks, and it’s going to take a little longer. The good news is she will be back this season."
Bluder said it was optimistic to believe that Meyer, second on the team in assists and the Hawkeyes’ top shooter from 3-point range, would return so quickly from an injury that was expected to sideline her from two-to-six weeks.
X-rays taken Tuesday revealed that Meyer’s left hand needed additional time to heal, and Bluder said another X-ray will be taken next week to gauge progress.
"They did an additional X-ray, and they pushed it back another week. Two weeks was highly optimistic. Now, we’re looking at three," Bluder said about the sophomore from Mason City, who averages 11.3 points per game.
Iowa, also playing without point guard Tania Davis after she suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament, has added to its 15-2 start with wins in three of its first four Big Ten games despite playing without two of its starting guards.
The Hawkeyes are in the midst of a bye week on the schedule, taking some time to catch their collective breath before hosting Purdue at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
"It’s coming at the right time for us," guard Kathleen Doyle said. "We’re a little short in numbers right now, and the rest is good."
Doyle understands what Meyer is going through.
She missed two games with an ankle sprain during the opening weeks of the season, and like Meyer, it was the first time in her career she had missed playing time because of an injury.
"It’s no fun, riding a stationary bike and doing conditioning," Doyle said. "I know her spirits are great, but she’s got to heal up so she can help us. I know it’s testing her patience. She’s getting restless."