Iowa welcomes USC Upstate on Friday (6 p.m.) and Robert Morris on Sunday (2 p.m.)
Hawkeyes return 10 letterwinners, 4 starters, and plenty of confidence
19th-ranked Hawkeyes make 1st appearance at 3 p.m. on Sunday
All-time winningest coach in program history enters her 15th season at the helm of UI program
UI head coach Lisa Bluder guided the Hawkeyes to their 7th-staight NCAA Tournament appearance, became winningest coach in program history
The Iowa Hawkeyes face Louisville in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament
The Iowa Hawkeyes defeat Marist 87-65 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
The Iowa Hawkeyes prepare for their game against Marist is the first round of the NCAA Tournament
Iowa vs. Nebraska (USATSI)
The Iowa Hawkeyes face Nebraska in the championship game of the 2014 B1G Ten Tournament
Started the last 70 games of her career in final two seasons, and played in each of the last 101 games of her career over her final three seasons... played in 111 career games with 78 starts.
2013-14 as a Senior...
Started all 36 games, leading Iowa to 27 wins, equaling the second-highest total in program history... team co-captain... earned Iowa's Coaches Award... named the University of Iowa's Female Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner... averaged a career-high 12.4 points per game... tallied a career-best 104 assists and a career-high 60 steals while averaging 4.6 rebounds per game... shot a career-best 47.5 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from 3-point range... matched a career high with 22 points in Iowa's win over Marist in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 23), making a career best and equaling an Iowa NCAA Tournament record with five 3-pointers... in Big Ten league games, ranked 19th in scoring (13.6), fifth in steals (1.9), 11th in assists (3.1), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.7) and ninth in field goal percentage (.503)... scored in double figures in 17 of the last 21 games, while registering nine points twice... named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll on March 3 after leading Iowa to wins over Ohio State and Illinois, averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 4.5 steals and 2.0 blocks... led the Hawkeyes to a 65-61 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 27 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Senior Night, posting a game-high 21 points, adding seven rebounds, four assists and four steals; scored 10 points in the final 11:41 (Iowa trailed by seven with 11:41 left), and tallied Iowa's final four points to seal the win... Minnesota native notched 20 points, to go along with six rebounds, in win over Minnesota on "Theairra Taylor Bobblehead Night"... posted nine points, team-best eight assists, and seven rebounds in win against No. 22 Syracuse in Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
2012-13 as a Junior...
Started all Started all 34 games... named team's Most Improved Player... set new career-highs in points (22), field goals made and attempted (8-of-16), 3-pointers made and attempted (4-of-6) and minutes played (36) against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament (March 8)... tallied two double-doubles... collected a career-high 11 rebounds twice, against Illinois State (Nov. 11) and at Purdue (Feb. 17)... scored Iowa's first six points in overtime in a win against Ohio State (Jan. 3)... scored double figures 12 times.
2011-12 as a Redshirt Sophomore...
Played in all 31 games... season-high 14 points, along with six rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes of play vs. California... 10 points and tied a career-high with three steals in win over Michigan State... had missed a total of 53 games with ACL injuries from 2009-11.
2010-11 as a Sophomore...
Suffered third ACL tear in 20 months during preseason practice...did not see any action during season.
2009-10 as a Freshman...
Played in 10 games with eight starts before suffering season-ending knee injury against South Dakota State (Dec. 22)... recorded 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks in first career start against William & Mary (Nov. 24)... scored 12 points, including eight in the final two minutes, in win at Northern Iowa (Nov. 22).
Finalist for 2009 Miss Minnesota Basketball playing for St. Paul Central High School... Associated Press and Pioneer Press first team all-state selection her senior year... named 2009 St. Paul City Conference Player of the Year... 2009 Minnesota Girls Basketball Association 4AAAA All-Star... 2009 Athena Award winner... also a Star Tribune first team all-Metro honoree, averaging 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.8 assists in 2009... amassed 1,740 career points... helped Central to an 81-11 record... led her conference in scoring and free throw percentage as a senior... tied twice most points scored in a league contest (33 points)... named her team's 2009 MVP... two-time honorable mention Associated Press and Pioneer Press all-state honoree... helped guide Central to two 4AAAA state championships, including a perfect 32-0 record her sophomore campaign... four-time all-conference selection... led the St. Paul Conference in scoring as a freshman at Como Park... named to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament team as a sophomore and junior, including being named MVP of the tournament and the gbbrecruit Player of the Week during the tournament in 2008... during Central's 2008 championship run, Taylor broke the state tournament free throw record... averaged 14 points her junior year.... a two-time team captain, she was named in the 2009 All-Star Report top five in the Midwest region... 2007 and 2009 Pat Paterson all-Tournament team... played on the 2005 AAU state championship team... also ran track as she was the track conference leader in the 200 meters in 2007... National Honor Society member... McDonald's all-American nominee her senior year.
Parents are Michelle and Theodore Taylor... has one sister, Erikka... recreation and sport business, and African American studies major.