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No. 13 Hawkeyes lose Kathleen Doyle to broken hand

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa guard Kathleen Doyle broke her left hand during practice Friday and is expected to be out four to six weeks.

The 13th-ranked Hawkeyes said that Doyle, a preseason All-Big Ten selection, fractured the third and fourth metacarpals in her non-shooting hand.

Doyle, a junior, averaged 11.1 points, 6.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 30 games last season. She led the Big Ten with 7.5 assists per game in conference action last season.

Her absence coincides with the return of fellow point guard Tania Davis, a senior who has missed parts of the last two seasons with knee injuries. The Hawkeyes had hoped to ease Davis back into action, but that might not be an option with Doyle sidelined.

Iowa, which opens the season Nov. 9 against Oral Roberts, is led by senior Megan Gustafson, who led the nation in scoring a year ago and was the unanimous choice as the Big Ten's preseason player of the year.