The current torrid streak of play from the Iowa women's basketball team (that's led to them claiming a share of the lead in the Big Ten and their first spot in the AP Top 25 rankings all season) has featured several standout performers, but one senior star has stood out more than most: point guard Kathleen Doyle. Last year Iowa was Megan Gustafson's team and Doyle was a very capable contributor; this year the Hawkeyes are Doyle's team and she's become a star player in her own right. So it's great to see her earning Player of the Week honors for her play.
First, Doyle was named Big Ten Player of the Week... for the second-straight week.
B1G time players make B1G time plays and @KDoyle_11 made a lot of B1G time plays this week.— Iowa Women's BBall (@IowaWBB) January 13, 2020
That'sstraight B1G POW honors for KD: https://t.co/1Mr0sHPmqy | #Hawkeyes #FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/z0jR3Y91Zq
She was also named National Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
And then she was named Player of the Week by the Naismith Trophy too:
After posting a near-triple double of 31 pts, 9 rebs, and 10 asts in Sundays win over Indiana and leading @IowaWBB to two top-20 wins, @KDoyle_11 is this weeks @CitizenwatchUS Naismith Womens #POY— The Naismith Trophy (@NaismithTrophy) January 14, 2020
Doyle averaged 26 pts, 6 rebs, 6 asts, and 2 stls this week #Naismith2020 pic.twitter.com/nCBHg6DXRB
Doyle's strong play was instrumental to guiding Iowa to wins over #17 Maryland and #12 Indiana and climbing the ladder in the Big Ten standings. Against Maryland, she played 38 of 40 minutes and had 21 points on 7/15 shooting (2/5 from 3-point range), three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. She was even better in Iowa's 2OT win over the Hoosiers, playing 47 of 50 total minutes and tallying 31 points on 13/22 shooting while dishing out 10 assists and hauling in nine rebounds and grabbing three steals. Overall, Doyle averaged 26 points, six assists, and six rebounds in Iowa's two key wins. Big-time players make big-time plays and Doyle did that time and time again for Iowa in those two wins.
For the season, Doyle ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring with 18.1 ppg. She's leading the Big Ten (and ranks 8th nationally) in assists with 6.1 per game. Doyle is having a brilliant senior season and it's a big reason why Iowa is having such a great year even in the absence of an all-time great like Gustafson. Congratulations to Doyle on these Player of the Week honors.