‘I’m so proud of Syd’: Affolter shines in Hawkeyes’ starting lineup

‘I’m so proud of Syd’: Affolter shines in Hawkeyes’ starting lineup

When Molly Davis went down with a gruesome-looking injury, junior guard Sydney Affolter was the one to fill the void in the starting lineup.

Affolter, who typically comes off the bench, played her best basketball of the season in Minneapolis.

Against Penn State in the quarterfinal, Affolter poured in 18 points and grabbed nine boards. In the semis against Michigan, she was two assists and three boards shy of a triple double.

On championship Sunday, she played 39 minutes and made all of the effort plays to help pull off a three-peat. Her efforts earned her a spot on the all-tournament team.

“I’m so proud of Syd,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “Stepping in that starting position and then getting on the all-tournament team — she’s just been waiting for her chance.”

“I just believe she’s the sixth player in our conference and she showed it tonight.”

Of course, Affolter did not win Big Ten sixth player of the year. Michigan State’s Theryn Hallock won the award. Affolter averaged 7.7 points per game and 6.6. rebounds per game during the regular season. She provided physical defense and a consistent 3-point threat, shooting 41.3%.

“I’ve been capable of that for so long,” Affolter said. “I do it every day in practice and I worked so hard so I don’t think it’s anything new to me.”

“Just seeing her play with some extra confidence — I’m really proud of her,” guard Kate Martin said. “I’ve seen her play this way the entire season, so it’s no shock to me. She’s a freaking stud.”

Affolter doesn’t seem to care too much about awards, but she proved that if the Hawkeyes are going to continue winning games, her hand will be in the mix.

“An individual award is really a team award in my opinion,” Affolter said. “We couldn’t have done it — me and Caitlin — without the rest of the team.”

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Iowa guard Sydney Affolter (3) celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball quarterfinal game against Penn State at the Big Ten women’s tournament Friday, March 8, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)
Iowa guard Sydney Affolter (3) celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball quarterfinal game against Penn State at the Big Ten women’s tournament Friday, March 8, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

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