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New Look Hawks Ready to Defend Big Ten Women's Title

A leaner, smaller Iowa women's basketball team is gearing up for its opening game in less than a month.

On media day Wednesday, coach Lisa Bluder predicted this year's team will run a wide-open attack to take advantage of the lineup's speed.

Iowa finished last season as Big 10 co-champions but lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Bluder says the graduation of five seniors will affect the team's depth, but she hopes four freshmen can contribute early.

The Hawkeyes face highly ranked California and Duke in non-conference play before a tough slate of Big 10 opponents. Their first game is an exhibition against Quincy University on Nov. 2 in Iowa City.

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