Iowa Women Land "Big" Recruit learned today that the Hawkeyes prevailed in an intense battle for prize '05 prospect Megan Skouby from Mentor (Ohio) High in the Cleveland Area. Iowa outdueled Big Ten rival Purdue and ACC power Virgina for the 6-foot-6 Skouby, who brings agility and skill to go with her excellent size. Coach Lisa Bluder has now received five verbals in the class.

The Iowa women's basketball team sure learned of some sweet news over the weekend when a box of cookies showed up at practice. Megan Skouby sent the package, which contained a note inside indicating she was verbally committing to Hawkeyes.

Basketball Times ranks the 6-foot-6 center as the 24th best senior prep in the nation, regardless of position. She chose Iowa ahead of Virginia and Purdue, despite her parents being Boilermaker alums.

As a junior, her Mentor (Ohio) High School posted a 24-2 record with her averaging 17.9 points, 11.9 boards and 2.7 blocks. She shot 63% from the field and 78% from the foul line. In her three years, the Cardinals have a 66-10 record, including two district Division I championships.

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Some people have questioned the legitimacy of Skouby's 6-6 listing. has been told that she is probably 6-5 to 6-5 1/2 in stocking feet and 6-6 in sneakers, which she likely will be wearing on the court.

Skouby consistently knocks down the 3-pointer and can get up and down the floor. Iowa likely will tweak its offense to accomodate this unique talent.

Academics played a key role in Skouby's decision as she wants to study pharmacy. She carried a 3.9 GPA into her senior year.

Skouby's commitment speaks to the advancement of Iowa recruiting. Being able to go into the Cleveland area, which is usually dominted by Ohio State and also Purdue, shows advancement.

Iowa pulled two McDonald's all-Americans out of Chicago in Lindsey Richards and Johanna Solverson. But the Hawkeyes generall have performed well in that area.

Skouby enjoys dominating at the high school level with her great height advantage. Iowa probably will need to toughen her up a little for Big Ten battles, but that might be the only questionable part of her game.

Skouby becomes the fifth verbal commitment in the 2005 class, joining Wendy Ausdemore, 6-0, F, Tri-Center; Kristi Smith, 5-6, PG, Horizon High, Thornton, Co; Nicole Vander Pol, 6-1, F, Grundy Center; Lindsey Nyenhuis, 5-9, G, Forest Hills Northern High, Grand Rapids, MI.

Iowa likely will take one more in the group. Keisha Walker (5-8, G, Hickman Mills (Mo.) High) and Tamika Jackson (6-3, C-F, Chipola (FL) Junior College)

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