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Theairra Taylor Leaves Injuries in the Past, Leads Hawkeye Women

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Her injury-plagued past is no secret.

Three ACL tears in less than two years. More than 50 games missed in her five-year career. But now that Theairra Taylor is riding a streak of 52 consecutive starts, her painful past is just that: the past.

"It's definitely an after thought," she said. "I just want to have fun and win a Big 10 championship, and that's the goal."

As a fifth year senior, this is the last shot Taylor has to achieve that goal.

"How you approach things is a little bit different when you start understanding this is the last time I'm at Wisconsin, or this is the last time I get to play Michigan State," Coach Lisa Bluder said.

As the team's lone senior, Taylor has been instrumental in helping her younger teammates make that transition from high school to major college basketball.

"She's been here for five years," Bluder said. "She knows what it's like to play on the road. She knows what the Big 10 is like. She knows how important each and every game is and how important those wins are, so definitely the players listen when Theairra talks."

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