Iowa Western Reivers


Women's Basketball Inks Four


Head Coach Lindsey Vande Hoef and  Iowa Western women’s basketball inked four signees to complete the 2017 recruiting class. Each new addition will make an immediate impact in a program that finished with 2016-2017 season with a 24-9 record, Region Championship, and NJCAA Tournament bid.

In Iowa Western fashion, Vande Hoef was able to add talent nationally and internationally that will continue on last year’s success.

  • Constance Lanher, a 5’11 freshman guard from Champneuville, France, averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists for University Rennes 2.

Coach Vande Hoef on Lanher: “Constance is an extremely well rounded combo guard that can handle the ball, has both a solid midrange game and consistency from behind the arc.  She has spent a ton of time in the gym and in the weight room this summer and I can’t wait to see her push our team with that amazing work ethic. “

  • Julia Raflund, a 6’2 a freshman forward from Malmo, Sweden averaged 10 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks for Malbas.

Coach Vande Hoef on Raflund: “Julia is a strong and athletic post that is going to help add some depth to our post position this year. She runs the floor extremely well and rebounds tough. She is not afraid to demand the ball and can face up or play with her back to the basket. Julia is a phenomenal young lady and I am anxious to see her help our program rise to a new level, both on and off the court! “

  • Channie Mai, a 5’5 redshirt –freshman transfer guard from Edmonton, AB Canada. Mai spent her first year redshirting due to an injury at Central College in Columbus, Nebraska.

Coach Vande Hoef on Mai: “Channie is incredibly tough, both physically and mentally, and as a player, has had to endure some hardships in the past. She will be helping lead our team this season from the point guard position. Channie has great ball skills that allow her to be both a scoring threat on the court and create well for her teammates. I believe she is going to be making a strong impact for our team this year with that clear desire to get out on the court and prove what she is made of after having a redshirt season last year.”

  • Zhan’e Williams, a 5’5 freshman guard from Jersey City, New Jersey, averaged 17.7 points, 2 rebounds and 3.9 assists for Lincoln High School.

Coach Vande Hoef on Williams: “Zhan’e is a point guard that plays with an extraordinary amount of passion.  She is a fierce competitor and will do whatever it takes to win. Zhan’e will do very well within our up-tempo style of play and I truly believe will be a tremendous floor general on the court. She has a knack for helping create opportunities for her teammates, but also looks to score when she needs to. I believe her passion on the court will be extremely contagious and I can see her striving to get better and to make her teammates better every day.”

The Reivers return to campus mid-August and will begin workouts in September. “We are extremely excited about all of our new 2017 additions to the Reiver Women’s Basketball family” said Vande Hoef. “We are proud to say they are all high character young ladies that love to play the game and aren’t afraid to work hard.  We look forward to them accomplishing great things here at IWCC on the court, in the classroom and within the IW community.”