In-State Transfer Makes Iowa-Iowa State Rivalry Even Hotter
It's something you seldom see. A player transferring from one major state university to another, in the same state. It just happened in Iowa, which is great news for a program already considered one of the top ten teams in the nation heading into next season.
Iowa State guard Kylie Feuerbach has announced she's making the two-hour trek east to become a member of the Iowa women's basketball team.
A 6'0" guard, Feuerbach just completed her freshman season at Iowa State in which she started 24 games. She averaged almost 22 minutes per game, scoring 5.5 points and grabbing 3.1 rebounds per contest.
ESPN ranked Feuerbach, a Sycamore, Illinois native, the 71st best prospect in the 2020 class when she signed with Iowa State. According to Hawk Central, her mom, dad, and brother all went to college in Ames.
Last week, Feuerbach announced she was entering the transfer portal. It was the same day fellow Cyclone Madison Wise announced she was leaving Ames. (Wise was a senior but could've played another season at Iowa State because of the NCAA rule due to COVID-19. She transferred to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Wise is an Indiana native.)
Feuerbach joins an Iowa team that finished the 2020-21 season at 20-10, losing to eventual national runner-up Connecticut in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Even though Iowa returns every key player for next season, including guards Caitlin Clark, Kate Martin, Gabbie Marshall, McKenna Warnock, Tomi Taiwo, and Megan Meyer, Feuerbach is a great addition to a team with a ton of talent.
In a look ahead to the 2021-22 women's college basketball season, ESPN ranked Iowa #9 saying,
The Hawkeyes started a freshman, three sophomores, and a junior this season, and if everyone stays will return 97% of their point production... If Iowa can find a rim protector in the transfer portal to solidify the defense, this team might have Final Four potential.
Iowa State was ranked #12 next season in that same story before Feuerbach revealed her intention to leave the Cyclones. For Iowa State, which has lost five straight to Iowa for the first time since the late 1990s/early 2000s, Feuerbach's loss is a definite blow.