Disterhoft selects the Hawkeyes

Junior led Iowa City West to the 4A state championship

Jeff Linder
Published: March 27 2012 | 1:20 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 2:52 pm in
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IOWA CITY -- The text message came late Monday night.

"Hey, it's Ally. Just wanted to let you know that I'm going to be a Hawkeye!"

A few hours and a brief night of sleep later, Ally Disterhoft classified her decision as "a dream come true."

A junior who led Iowa City West to the Class 4A state championship, Disterhoft orally committed to play women's basketball at the University of Iowa.

Disterhoft will enroll at Iowa in the fall of 2013. She chose the Hawkeyes over Iowa State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Drake and Creighton.

“I've been going to Iowa games since I was in fourth or fifth grade, and I knew in my heart that I wanted to be a Hawkeye,” Disterhoft said. “I look forward to realizing my dream of playing the sport I love.

"I know the coaches, I know the campus, I know the city. I feel extremely blessed to be able to share this journey with such wonderful people.”

A 6-foot guard, Disterhoft averaged 16.4 points per game last season as the Women of Troy capped a 25-1 season with an overtime win over Ankeny in the championship game. She shot 60.2 percent from the field (including 40.8 percent from 3-point range) and 75.5 percent from the free throw line.

Disterhoft has 959 points in her career.

“Ally is a kid who will do whatever it takes for her team to be successful, and she really works hard at the game,” West Coach B.J. Mayer said. “Iowa is getting a great basketball player, and an even better young adult.

"She does whatever she's asked to do. If a team takes away her offense, she'll have more assists or more rebounds."

In the state quarterfinals, Disterhoft blocked a 3-point attempt as time expired to preserve a 55-52 win over Iowa City High.

Disterhoft was a first-team 4A all-stater by the Iowa Newspaper Association and was named the Gazette-KCRG player of the year Sunday.

As a sophomore, Disterhoft helped guide the Women of Troy to a 23-3 record and averaged 15 points per game. She was second-team all-state as the Women of Troy were state runners-up.

She will be a second-generation Division-I player. Her mother, Missy Slockett Disterhoft, was a guard at Drake in the late 1980s, playing on the same team as Iowa assistant coaches Jan Jensen and Jenni Fitzgerald.

Disterhoft is the second member of Iowa's recruiting class of 2013. Alexa Kastanek of Lincoln, Neb., committed in December. The Hawkeyes still have two openings for 2013.

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