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Utah basketball: Rodrigues endures, emerges triumphant

Lifelong vision problems haven’t slowed one of Utes’ best shooters.



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The result?

Rodrigues has become one of the best players to ever wear a Utah uniform, and has emerged as a team leader as a senior for a Ute team toiling in its second season in the Pac-12. On the court, she’s one of the better shooting guards in the league, an offensive spark and a defensive ace on the perimeter. Off the court, she’s now pulling a 3.2 GPA and has become a beacon for her teammates.

At a glance

Iwalani Rodrigues file

» Averages 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game

» Once hit 13 consecutive 3-pointers, tying an NCAA record

» Owns the school record for 3-pointers in a season

» Will graduate this spring with a degree in communications

» Played at two high schools, Roosevelt and Kalani, in her native Hawaii

» Won three consecutive state titles as a high school player

» Won a Mountain West Conference tournament title as a sophomore at Utah

» Is an avid surfer

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"Iwalani is just an inspiration to us all," Utah guard Cheyenne Wilson said. "She’s been through so much in five years. There’s nothing that she hasn’t seen that we won’t see, so all of the younger players go to her for advice. She’s one of the best players and people on the team."

tjones@sltrib.com

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