Iowa forward Addison O’Grady (44) shoots over Illinois State forward DeAnna Wilson (24) during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, March 18, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. O’Grady, a former standout with the Grandview girls basketball team in Aurora, contributed seven points in a reserve role as the Hawkeyes advanced. (AP Photo/Ron Johnson)

Former Grandview girls basketball star Addison O’Grady and the Iowa women’s basketball team opened the NCAA tournament with a victory Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

O’Grady, a 6-foot-4 true freshman, logged nearly 14 minutes of playing time off the bench during the second-seeded Hawkeyes’ 98-58 dismantling of Illinois State, a No. 15 seed. O’Grady finished with seven points, two rebounds and a steal in Iowa’s big victory, which moved them into a second round contest against 10th-seeded Creighton, which defeated the University of Colorado in the opening round.

For the season, O’Grady has appeared in all 31 of Iowa’s games and averaged 4.23 points and 2.55 rebounds, while her 25 blocked shots leads the team.

Last summer, O’Grady received the Freddie Steinmark Award (story, here), which represents the complete package of elite athletic talent, academic success and leadership, which Colorado prep legend Freddie Steinmark displayed while at Wheat Ridge High School in the 1960s.

MONDAY, MARCH 14: Graham Ike left Overland High School to play basketball at the University of Wyoming despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic as well as an injury that kept him out of the majority of his senior season.

The former Trailblazers’ big man has helped bring about big growth in the Cowboys since returning to health, however, and he has been a key this season as they qualified for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time since 2015.

When the tournament selections were revealed Sunday, Wyoming (25-8) received a No. 12 seed and ended up in the East Region, where it will play another 12 seed — Indiana — on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. The winner moves into a Thursday matchup against fifth-seeded Saint Mary’s (25-7).

The 6-foot-9 Ike has started all 32 games for Wyoming this season and the sophomores is the team leader in scoring average at 19.6 points per game as well as rebounding at 9.6 per contest.

Another former Aurora prep star is on the Wyoming roster in Smoky Hill graduate Kenny Foster, who has missed all but the first nine games of the season due to injury.

Sports Editor Courtney Oakes