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Women’s College Basketball: Iowa Hawkeyes sign high-scoring transfer Lucy Olson from Villanova

A senior-to-be, Olson competed the previous three seasons at Villanova University. She was ranked as the fourth best player in the transfer portal by ESPN.com.
Coach Lisa Bluder

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lisa Bluder announced on Thursday that transfer Lucy Olsen has signed with the University of Iowa.

A senior-to-be, Olson competed the previous three seasons at Villanova University. She was ranked as the fourth best player in the transfer portal by ESPN.com.

The Collegeville, Pennsylvania, native was third in the country in scoring (23.3 ppg) last season behind Caitlin Clark and USC’s JuJu Watkins. She scored over 20 points in 25 games this season, including surpassing 30 points in 10 of those games, with a career-high of 40 points against Temple. Additionally, she averaged 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

The junior guard was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press. Olsen also highlighted the All-Big East by earning first team accolades and the Most Improved Player Award last season.

Olson became the 31st player in Wildcat’s program history to score 1,000 career points in her junior campaign.

The Hawkeyes lost three top seniors from this year’s national runner-up squad, including Caitlin Clark, now playing for the Indiana Fever. Also drafted was Kate Martin, now playing for the Las Vegas Aces.

LISA BLUDER ON LUCY OLSON
“We are looking forward to welcoming Lucy into our program this summer. She is a tremendous student-athlete with an excellent resume. Her skill set and personality was exactly what we were trying to get out of the transfer portal. It’s an exciting time to be an Iowa Hawkeye!”

(TOP IMAGE via Iowa Athletics)

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