Iowa fills Clark's void, lands Villanova transfer Lucy Olsen

April 17, 2024, 8:19 PM

Lucy Olsen, the No. 3 scorer in Division I women's basketball this past season at Villanova behind Iowa's Caitlin Clark and USC's JuJu Watkins, is transferring to Iowa.

Olsen, a 5-foot-9 guard, confirmed her commitment on social media Wednesday. The senior-to-be has one season of eligibility left.

Olsen averaged 23.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists this past season for the 22-13 Wildcats, who fell in the championship game of the WBIT to Illinois. Olsen led Villanova in scoring in all but seven games this season. She won the Big East's most improved player award and was a unanimous All-Big East first-team honoree.

A Pennsylvania native, Olsen started all 105 games of her Villanova career. The Wildcats lost in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 her sophomore year in 2023 and in the NCAA second round when she was a freshman. Olsen made 134 3-pointers at Villanova, including 55 this past season.

Olsen is a good fit for Iowa. The Hawkeyes, who fell in the national championship game the past two seasons, are graduating four guards from this year's 34-5 team: Clark (No. 1 pick) and Kate Martin (No. 18), who were chosen in Monday's WNBA draft, Gabbie Marshall and Molly Davis.