Cyclones Face Stanford Again for Chance at Final Four
BERKELEY, Calif - The 17th-ranked Iowa State women’s basketball team will make its second Elite Eight appearance in school history Monday night when the Cyclones face second-ranked Stanford at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. The game will tip at 8 p.m. (central) and will be televised by ESPN. It will be called by Dave Pasch, Mary Murphy and Todd Harris.
Who: No. 17/19 Iowa State (27-8; 11-5) vs. No. 2/2 Stanford (32-4; 17-1)
When: Monday, March 30, 2009 • 8 p.m. (Central)
Where: Berkeley, Calif. • Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at ncaasports.com
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield: Rich Fellingham (pxp); Molly Parrott (color)
TV: ESPN: Dave Pasch (pxp); Mary Murphy (color); Todd Harris (Sideline)
• Iowa State defeated No. 13 seed East Tennessee State (85-53) last Sunday and then knocked off No. 12 seed Ball State (71-57) on Tuesday to advance to the Berkeley Regional Semifinal. ISU came from behind to defeat No. 9 seed Michigan State on Saturday to move on to the Elite Eight.
• With the Cyclones’ win Saturday night, Iowa State tied the school record for wins in a season with 27.
• Iowa State is 27-8 overall and went 11-5 for a third-place finish in the Big 12 standings. ISU defeated No. 23 Texas, 59-55, in the Big 12 quarterfinals, before falling to No. 7 Baylor, 63-57, in the Big 12 semifinals. This is the third consecutive season the Cyclones have made it to the Big 12 semis and the third consecutive season they have made it to the NCAA Championship second round.
• The Cyclones have reached 20 wins for the third straight season and the 10th time in school history, including nine under head coach Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones’ 23 wins tied the ISU record for regular-season victories (also done in 1997-98). Iowa State has tied the school record for single-season wins (27).
• Iowa State finished in a tie for third place in the Big 12 standings with Texas A&M. It is the Cyclones’ best Big 12 finish since the 2004-05 season. ISU has finished in the top four of the league standings in three of the last five seasons. The top four teams in the Big 12 have all advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 this season.
• Three Cyclones have joined the 1,000-point club this season, beginning with seniors Heather Ezell and Nicky Wieben and capped by junior Alison Lacey, who reached the mark in ISU’s home win over Nebraska. It is the first time in school history three players have reached the 1,000-point mark in the same season, but it is the second time the Cyclones have had three 1,000-point scorers on the same team (Angie Welle, Lindsey Wilson, Tracy Gahan; 2001-02).
• The Cyclones were strong at home this season, going 15-1 at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State had two games that ranked among the top 20 games in attendance in Iowa State history. The game vs. Texas on Feb. 15 ranked 18th (12,242) and the finale against Kansas ranked 15th (12,689).
• The Cyclones’ home win over Colorado was head coach Bill Fennelly’s 300th career win at Iowa State.