Iowa State Faces Colorado on Wednesday
Cyclones Remain on Road at CU
Courtesy: Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women’s basketball team will try to bounce back from a loss at Missouri when it travels to Colorado to face the Buffaloes at 9 p.m. (Central time) Wednesday in the Cyclones’ second straight Big 12 road test ... the Cyclones opened the Big 12 campaign with a 61-50 win over Kansas at home and fell 66-56 at Missouri on Saturday ... Iowa State is 13-2 on the season after snapping a 10-game win streak at MU... the Cyclones wrapped up the non-conference slate at 12-1 overall ... Colorado is 7-6 on the year, after defeating Missouri, 71-59, at home last Wednesday ... Colorado has been off since its Big 12 opening win ... in the Cyclones’ win over Loyola Marymount, ISU senior All-America candidate Lyndsey Medders broke the Iowa State career assist record and now has 603 ... she leads the Cyclones with 13.3 points and 6.7 assists per game ... Toccara Ross leads the Cyclones on the glass with 7.1 rpg ... Iowa State is 2-2 on the road this season.
On the Tube The Iowa State-Colorado game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain ... it will not be available in Ames on Fox Sports Midwest, but satellite subscribers in Ames with a Fox Sports package should be able to get the game ... Tim Ring (play-by-play) and former CU head coach Ceal Barry (color) will be calling the action ... it is the fifth time this season the Cyclones have been on TV.
On the Air
The game will be broadcast live on the Cyclone Radio Network (1430 AM in Ames) ... every game is broadcast live on the internet at Cyclones.com ... broadcasts will be streamed by Yahoo! Sports and will cost $4.95 per month, which will include broadcasts of football, men’s basketball and the Coaches shows.
Last Time Out
Iowa State came from behind in the second half to lead for a three-minute stretch, but fell to Missouri, 66-56, in Big 12 Conference action Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena ... the loss broke a 10-game winning streak for the Cyclones ... ISU cut a nine-point Missouri lead to four, 31-27, at halftime and the Cyclones continued to chip away at the lead in the second half, tying the game at 37-all on a pair of free throws by Toccara Ross with 16:33 remaining ... freshman Alison Lacey drilled a three with 11:51 on the clock to take the Cyclone’s first lead of the game 44-43, before MU answered with a trey ... but Nicky Wieben got a layup and Heather Ezell knocked one down from beyond the arc to lead 49-46 with 9:05 left ... the Cyclones held the lead over the next three minutes before MU’s Alyssa Hollins hit a trey with 5:55 left, igniting the Tigers offense to an 11-0 run to put them up by nine, 62-53, and Iowa State never got any closer than six points the rest of the way ... Wieben had 14 points and six rebounds to lead Iowa State, while Megan Ronhovde had 10 points, all in the first half, to go with a season-high nine rebounds ... Ross finished with 10 boards to lead ISU, including seven offensive grabs ... the Tigers had three players in double figures, led by EeTisha Riddle with 21 points and nine rebounds ... Iowa State shot a season-low 32.3 percent from the floor and 29.2 percent from downtown ... Missouri shot 41.1 percent for the contest and 22.2 percent from long range ... the Cyclones outrebounded the Tigers, 41-40.
About the Cyclones
Iowa State is 13-2 on the year and 1-1 in the Big 12 ... ISU is 9-0 at Hilton Coliseum this year ... ISU is outscoring opponents by a margin of +13.9, and is averaging 72.5 ppg ... the Cyclones are shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from three-point range ... ISU has outrebounded opponents with a +8.4 margin ... Iowa State is in its 34th season of women’s basketball and holds a 483-465 overall record ... the 2006-07 Iowa State roster has 14 active players on it, the largest number on an ISU roster to start the season since 2001-02 when the Cyclones had 15 players ... the Cyclones are coming off an 18-13 season in which they made it to the second round of the WNIT for their ninth postseason appearance in the last 10 years.
About the Buffaloes
Colorado is 7-6 on the season, winning its last two contests, including a 71-59 win over Missouri at home last Wednesday ... the Buffs have only played two games since Dec. 13, since they had a game on Dec. 30 cancelled due to weather ... head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller is in her second season at the helm of the CU program, compiling a 16-27 record at Colorado and a 107-115 record as a head coach ... 6-3 junior forward Jackie McFarland leads the Buffs with 19.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game ... senior Jasmina Ilic is second in scoring for CU with 13.3 ppg ... as a team, Colorado averages 67.7 points per game ... the Buffs are shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and holding opponents to 39.9 percent ... CU is averaging 39.6 rebounds per game, outrebounding opponents with a +5.8 per game ... the Buffs are averaging 22.3 turnovers to 13.1 assists per game.
Colorado leads the all-time series with ISU, 35-21, including a 17-7 mark in Boulder ... Iowa State has won the last five straight against the Buffaloes, including both meetings a season ago by an average margin of +12.5 ppg ... Iowa State has won 14 of the last 20 meetings with CU.
Off to a Strong Start
ISU’s 13-1 start is the best for the Cyclones since going 15-1
during the 2004-05 campaign ... Iowa State wrapped up its regular-season non-conference slate with one loss or less for the fifth time in school history, with all five coming under head coach Bill Fennelly, and started 13-1 on the season for the fifth time in the last 12 seasons.
Lyndsey Medders broke the ISU career assist record against Loyola Marymount, passing Lindsey Wilson’s previous record of 589 ... Medders currently has 603 dimes and is tied for fifth all-time in Big 12 history ... Medders also ranks 10th in school history with 1,227 points on the ISU career scoring chart ... she needs 57 points to move into ninth place ... Megan Ronhovde has made her way onto the ISU career rebounding charts, ranking eighth with 615, and is nine shy of seventh place ... Nicky Wieben has 28 blocked shots this season and has 87 for her career, which is good for fifth place on the Iowa State career charts ... she moved up two spots against Kansas and needs five more for fourth place ... her 28 blocks on the season is the third best by a sophomore in school history.
The Cyclones have shot 71.8 percent from the charity stripe this season, to rank third in the Big 12 ... head coach Bill Fennelly has made it goal for ISU to make more free throws than the opponents attempt, and so far the Cyclones have been successful ... ISU has hit 206 free throws, while opponents have attempted just 168 on the season ... against Kansas, Iowa State hit 33, while the Jayhawks attempted just five on the night.
Cyclones Making Way Through Schedule
Iowa State is 13-2 on the season, including a 10-game winning streak ... ISU has faced six NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago and nine of the 15 teams on ISU’s schedule to this point were in the postseason last year ... the Cyclones have gone 4-2 against 2006 NCAA Tourney teams.
Iowa State claimed the mythical state championship for the second consecutive season ... the Cyclones defeated Northern Iowa, 80-74, in overtime in Cedar Falls on Nov. 20 ... then knocked off the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series in Iowa City on Nov. 30, 80-74 ... and ISU defeated Drake, 70-62, at Hilton Coliseum on Dec. 5.
Leaders of the Pack
In NCAA statistics released for games through Jan.7, the Cyclones ranked highly in a number of categories ... the Cyclones’ 7.7 three-pointers per game ranked ninth nationally, while their 17.5 assists per game ranks 17th ... ISU’s won-loss percentage ranks 17th, and their personal fouls per game rank 16th ... ISU’s +8.4 rebound margin is 22nd and its 35.1 field goal percentage defense is 21st ... their +13.9 scoring margin is also 33rd ... individually, Lyndsey Medders ranks third with 6.7 assists per game ... Nicky Wieben’s 1.9 blocks per game ranks 50th.
Big 12 Rankings
In games through Jan. 7, the Cyclones leads the Big 12 in three-point field goals per game (7.7) and third in assists-to-turnover ratio ... they rank third in free throw percentage (.718) and assists (17.5) ... ISU is fourth in field-goal percentage defense and rebounding margin (+8.4) ... individually, Lyndsey Medders leads the league in assists (6.7) and is 14th in individual scoring, while Nicky Wieben is 14th ... Wieben is sixth (1.9) in blocked shots ... Medders is fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio ... Medders and Heather Ezell are tied for fifth in three-point field goals made ... Toccara Ross is fourth in free throw percentage (.841), 11th in rebounding (7.1) and 12th in field goal percentage (.526).
The Season of Giving
Iowa State has passed out 263 assists on 382 made field goals for the season, for 68.9 percent ... it is the best assist-to-field goal ratio in school history for a season and the best since the Cyclones posted 68 percent or better in back-to-back seasons in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
ISU head coach Bill Fennelly earned his 400th career victory with the Cyclones’ season-opening win vs. Cal State Fullerton ... Fennelly is now 412-165 overall and 246-112 in his 12 seasons with the Cyclones ... his 300th career win came against Baylor on March 7, 2001, in the Big 12 Tournament ... No. 200 also came in the Big 12 Tourney, defeating Texas A&M on March 4, 1997 ... notched his 100th career win while coaching at Toledo, turning back Providence, 74-64, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18, 1992.
Early Season Honors
All-America candidate Lyndsey Medders has earned numerous preseason accolades, including being named to the All-Big 12 Preseason Team ... most recently she was named a top 50 finalist for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless ... she was named to the Women’s John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team ... she was also named one of the nation’s top five point guards by ESPN.com ... she earned preseason all-America recognition from SportsPageMagazine.com and Street & Smith’s College Basketball Yearbook ... Medders led the Cyclones a year ago with 16.5 points per game, and led the nation in assists with a 7.7 pg average ... she was named to the All-Big 12 First Team last season, and earned third-team all-America honors from Women’s Basketball News Service in 2005-06.
Head Coach Bill Fennelly
Head coach Bill Fennelly took over a program that had only five winning seasons in its first 22 years and has guided ISU to nine postseason appearances in the last 10 years ... he earned the 400th win of his career in the 2006-07 season opener against Cal State Fullerton ... he has led the Cyclones to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 1999 Elite Eight berth and Sweet Sixteen games in 2000 and 2001 ... Fennelly’s Cyclones captured the only league championships in program history, winning back-to-back Big 12 Conference Tournament championships in 2000 and 2001 and earning a share of the regular-season crown in 2000 ... Iowa State spent more than four years in The Associated Press national poll, including 34 weeks in the top 10 ... he has posted more than double the conference victories (106) in 12 seasons at ISU than all of the previous 15 seasons combined (43) ... his teams have drawn record-setting crowds, ranking among the top 11 schools nationally in attendance the last eight seasons ... Fennelly’s leadership produced ISU’s first-ever All-Americans in Stacy Frese (1999, 2000), Angie Welle (2000, 2001, 2002) and Anne O’Neil (2005) ... Welle was voted to the Big 12 Conference 10th Anniversary Team, an elite group of five players ... his Cyclones have earned all-conference recognition 26 times and academic all-league honors 51 times ... six of his players have been selected in the WNBA professional basketball draft over the last five years ... Fennelly, who guided Toledo to a 166-53 record and six postseason tournament berths in his seven years at UT, was inducted in the Toledo Varsity "T" Hall of Fame in 2003.
Where They Stack Up
Iowa State was picked fifth in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll ... ISU received 22 votes last week in the AP Poll, good for 30th place, and received 12 votes in the Coaches’ Poll this week, which would be good for 27th place ... ISU was picked No. 23 in two preseason publications, including Street & Smith’s College Basketball Yearbook and SportsPageMagazine.com.
Iowa State has made at least one three-pointer in 349 consecutive regular-season games dating back to 1995 ... that streak ranks second nationally behind Cleveland State ... the school record for three-pointers made in a game is 18 (vs. Missouri, Feb. 19, 2000), which ISU challenged in their game against Virginia Tech, hitting 14-of-27 on the contest.
Home Sweet Hilton Magic
The Cyclones have been phenomenal at home during head coach Bill Fennelly’s tenure, compiling a 148-27 record (.846) in Hilton Coliseum, including a 69-3 mark against regular-season nonconference opponents ... Iowa State finished 15-0 in Hilton Coliseum two years ago, the third Cyclone squad to go undefeated at home (all three have come under Fennelly) ... ISU finished the 2005-06 season ranked seventh in attendance, marking the eighth consecutive season the Cyclones have ranked 11th or higher.
Two For 2007-08
Iowa natives Kelsey Bolte (Ida Grove) and Jocelyn Anderson (Gowrie) made it official Nov. 7 when they signed National Letters of Intent to join the Iowa State women’s basketball team for the 2007-08 season ... Bolte, a 6-1 senior guard at Battle Creek-Ida Grove, was the 2006 2A Iowa state Player of the Year, and earned a place on the 2006 Iowa state all-tournament team while leading the Falcons to a 27-2 overall record and a place in the state championship game ... Bolte averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals as a junior to earn her second straight all-State first team honors and IBCA all-region accolades ... Bolte also won the state AAU tournament while playing on the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Iowa Select team last year ... Anderson will join the Cyclones after two seasons at Des Moines Area Community College, where she is a sophomore this season ... the 6-4 center was chosen as a junior college preseason first-team All-American before the 2006-07 season began ... Anderson averaged 15.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 5.3 blocked shots per game and shot 58.7 percent from the field as a freshman at DMACC to earn first team all-region and second team NJCAA All-America honors ... she led the Bears to a 19-14 record a season ago and DMACC was ranked sixth in the 2006-07 preseason poll ... at Prairie Valley High School, Anderson earned first team, second team and honorable mention honors over three seasons in the Twin Lakes Conference.
Looking Back at 2005-06
Iowa State played two rounds of the 2006 Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), with both games going into overtime at Hilton Coliseum ... ISU topped UW-Green Bay 79-71 March 16 and fell to Marquette 69-63 March 20 ... it was Iowa State’s ninth postseason appearance in the last 10 years ... Iowa State recorded its 15th winning season in school history, while head coach Bill Fennelly posted his 17th winning campaign in 18 years ... 13 of Iowa State’s 22 opponents earned postseason bids ... Lyndsey Medders led the nation in assists per game with 7.7 ... Medders was named a third-team All-American by WBNS ... Brittany Wilkins averaged nearly a double-double (16.1 ppg and 8.9 rpg) before being picked up as a free agent by the WNBA Sacramento Monarchs, where she remained on the roster through the championship series.
2005-06 Season Milestones
Lyndsey Medders was the 17th player in ISU history to join the 1,000-point club ... she set the ISU single-season assists record, dishing 215 ... ISU head coach Bill Fennelly finished the season one win shy of 400 career victories ... Nicky Wieben set the single-season blocked shots record (59) ... Medders set seven of the top 15 single-game assist records and owns nine of the top 23 performances overall ... Heather Ezell tied for sixth on that single-game assist mark with 13 vs. Missouri ... Megan Ronhovde played every minute in ISU’s two Big 12 Conference Championship games and logged seven complete games for the season ... Iowa State used a six-player rotation in four games and a seven-player roster in six contests ... 40.5 percent of ISU’s shots were three-pointers ... Iowa State rallied back from a halftime deficit in five of its wins ... ISU lost just one game in which it scored at least 70 points (11-1) ... Iowa State made more free throws (383) than its opponents attempted (307).