ISU Hosts Huskers Tuesday on Senior Day
Courtesy: Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women’s basketball team will play its final regular-season home contest at Hilton Coliseum Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Nebraska Cornhuskers ... the Cyclones will recognize their three seniors, Lyndsey Medders, Megan Ronhovde and Abby Reinert, on Senior Day with a postgame ceremony ... ISU is coming off home wins over 13th-ranked Texas A&M and Colorado and is alone in fifth place in teh Big 12 standings ... Ronhovde became the 18th player in ISU history to record 1,000 career points, eclipsing the mark at Baylor ... ISU head coach Bill Fennelly earned his 250th victory at the helm of the Cyclone program with the win over Missouri on Feb. 4 ... the Cyclones are 19-7 on the season and 7-6 in the Big 12, putting them above the .500 mark in league play for the first time since opening the Big 12 slate with a win over Kansas ... ISU is 14-1 at Hilton this season and 3-6 in true road games ... the Cyclones wrapped up the non-conference slate at 12-1 overall ... Nebraska was in a four-way tie for the Big 12 lead before falling to Missouri on Saturday night ... the Huskers have dropped their last two at home and are now in fourth place in the standings with a 21-6 overall record and a 9-3 Big 12 mark ... ISU senior All-American candidate Lyndsey Medders missed games at Nebraska and Baylor and played limited minutes against Missouri due to a minor concussion ... in the Cyclones’ win over Loyola Marymount, Medders broke the Iowa State career assist record and now has 658 ... sophomore Nicky Wieben is ISU’s leading scorer with 12.6 points, hitting double digits in 19 games this season, and 1.8 blocks per game ... Toccara Ross continues to lead the Cyclones on the glass with 7.6 rpg, after posting her fourth double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) against Texas A&M.
On the Tube
The Iowa State-Nebraska game will be televised on Fox Sports Midwest, check your local listings ... Greg Sharpe (play-by-play) and Brenda Van Lengen (color) will be calling the action. Fans not able to watch the game on television can watch a FREE webcast of the broadcast, courtesy of the Clone Zone at cyclones.com. Click here to access cyclones.com live events to watch the free webcast.
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 shot better than 50 percent from the field for the fourth time this season and locked down on defense, as the Cyclones avenged an early-season loss to Colorado with a 74-55 win over the Buffaloes Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum ... the Cyclones were led by Nicky Wieben for the fourth straight game, posting 18 points on a 7-of-9 effort from the floor ... Alison Lacey was the Cyclones’ only other double-digit scorer with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists ... five other ISU players finished with five or more points in a well-rounded effort ... CU’s Kara Richards had 11 points and Jackie McFarland, who entered the game averaging 18.1 ppg, finished the day with 12 ... after leading 36-23 at halftime, Iowa State opened up an 18-point lead, 49-31 on a trey by Amanda Nisleit ... ISU widened the gap to 21, 56-35, on a pair of free throws by Wieben ... CU cut the lead to 14 on a three by McFarland with 6:46 to go in the contest, but ISU again found answers, running off another 7-0 spurt to take a 21-point advantage, 63-42, and the Buffs never got closer than 17 the rest of the way ... as cold as Iowa State started in Boulder, they were blistering hot to open the game against the Buffaloes in Ames ... Lacey hit a wide open three-pointer and Ross put in back-to-back buckets in the paint, opening a 7-0 lead ... Colorado answered, however, going on a 9-0 run to take its first lead ... the Buffs took their largest lead at 16-12 after ISU committed six turnovers and went 2-of-9 from the field ... but ISU built a cushion with a 19-2 run of its own as Wieben and Lacey caught fire, turning in 11 and eight first-half points, respectively ... Iowa State took a 29-18 lead, and continued to play well on both ends of the court, making it a 36-23 advantage at half ... after putting on a three-point shooting exhibition in the first meeting (13-for-23), Colorado struggled from the outside on Saturday, going 2-for-12, with a three in each half ... the Buffs shot just 36.4 percent from the field, while Iowa State finished the contest at 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from long range (8-of-20) ... for the second straight game, ISU was outrebounded, 34-33 ... the Cyclones were solid from the charity stripe with a 20-for-23 showing at the line.
About the Cyclones
Iowa State has used five different starting lineups this season ... ISU is 19-7 on the year and 7-6 in the Big 12 ... ISU is 14-1 at Hilton Coliseum this year ... ISU is outscoring opponents by a margin of +8.5, and is averaging 68.7 ppg ... the Cyclones are shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 33.4 percent from three-point range ... ISU has outrebounded opponents with a +4.5 margin ... Iowa State is in its 34th season of women’s basketball and holds a 489-470 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 Huskers
Nebraska was in a four-way tie for first place in the Big 12 before falling to Missouri, 65-53, Saturday night ... with the loss, the Huskers are alone in fourth place in the standings ... Nebraska is 21-6 overall and 9-4 in the league after dropping their last two at home, beginning with Texas Tech ... the Huskers average 71.9 points per game, while holding opponents to 61.6 ppg, and are shooting 45.1 percent from the field ... Kiera Hardy and Kelsey Griffin are each averaging better than 15 points per game for the season ... Hardy leads the squad with 2.8 assists and Griffin leads the team with 8.6 rebounds per contest ... NU holds a +3.9 rebounding margin over its opponents and is averaging 7.2 steals and three blocks per contest ... NU has used the same starting lineup, featuring four seniors, in every game this season.
The Huskers hold a 36-29 advantage in the all-time series with Iowa State ... ISU holds a slight 15-13 edge in Ames ... the Cyclones won 10 straight meetings between 2000 and 2003, but the two teams have split home-and-away games every season since ... Nebraska won the first meeting of the season with the Cyclones, 62-49, in Lincoln ... Lyndsey Medders missed the game due to a minor concussion she suffered in the shootaround before the game.
Sophomore Nicky Wieben has scored in double figures in 19 games this season, including each of the last four games ... Wieben has two double-doubles on the year, while junior Toccara Ross has logged four double-doubles ... sophomores and freshmen have led ISU over the last four games, including Wieben’s 18.5 points, Heather Ezell’s 11 ppg, and Alison Lacey’s 9.5 ppg ... the difference at home for Iowa State this season has not just been on offense, but the Cyclones’ defense has been dramatically better at Hilton ... ISU is allowing opponents to shot 41.4 percent from the floor on the road, but is holding opponents to 35.5 percent at Hilton ... the Cyclones are outscoring home opponents with a +15.2 ppg margin, while struggling with a -4.6 scoring margin on the road ... ISU has won its last two contests despite being outrebounded by the opponent, the only two contests this season the Cyclones have been able to overcome a deficit on the boards ... Iowa State is 11-2 this season when holding opponents under 60 points, while the Cyclones are 19-2 when scoring 60 points or better.
ISU senior Lyndsey Medders was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII Second Team ... it is the second consecutive year that Medders has won the honor ... she has posted a 3.44 cumulative grade-point average in sport management ... she is currently involved in an internship with Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard.
Iowa State has made at least one three-pointer in 360 consecutive regular-season games dating back to 1995 ... that streak now ranks third in the nation, as Cleveland State failed to hit a long-range try in their game on Feb. 3, ending its streak at an NCAA record 408 consecutive games ... Stanford holds the longest current streak at 403 and Canisius College has 383 ... the ISU 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.
Lyndsey Medders has passed out an assist in every game she has played at Iowa State ... that is a span of 113 consecutive games through four years ... her single-game high was a school-record 16 assists vs. IPFW last season ... she ranks in the top five in the single-season class records for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors ... her 155 assists this season rank second on the senior list ... she has only had one game with fewer than three assists this season.
Sophomore Nicky Wieben has posted 47 blocked shots on the season and 106 for her career, ranking her second all-time in ISU history ... she needs 49 to tie for first place ... this season Wieben has had three games with five blocks and six games with three or more.
Lyndsey Medders broke the ISU career assist record against Loyola Marymount, passing Lindsey Wilson’s previous record of 589 ... Medders currently has 658 dimes and is fourth all-time in Big 12 history ... she need 66 assists to move into third place on the Big 12 list ... Medders also ranks ninth in school history with 1,317 points on the ISU career scoring chart ... she needs 40 points to move into eighth place ... Megan Ronhovde is the 18th player in ISU history to join the 1,000-point club, as she now has 1,020 career points ... she has made her way onto the ISU career rebounding charts, ranking seventh with 652, and ranks third in three-point field goal makes with 223.
Big 12 Honors
Freshman Alison Lacey was the most recent Cyclone to earn Big 12 weekly honors when she was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s basketball Rookie of the Week by a media voting panel for games Jan. 22-28 ... Toccara Ross was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week, while senior Lyndsey Medders was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 15-21 ... ISU freshman, Rachel Pierson, also won the Big 12’s Rookie of the Week honor for the week of Dec. 3-10.
Against the Top 25
ISU’s 67-56 win over No. 22 Texas was the Cyclones’ first win over a ranked team since a 73-69 win over No. 13 Texas on Feb. 5, 2005 ... with the 61-54 win over No. 13 Texas A&M, Iowa State is now 2-3 on the season against ranked team, 38-104 all-time and 32-45 against ranked teams under Bill Fennelly ... Iowa State has faced five team ranked in the top 25 this season, including Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Baylor and Texas A&M.
The Cyclones have shot 74.2 percent from the charity stripe this season, to rank second in the Big 12 ... head coach Bill Fennelly has made it a goal for ISU to make more free throws than the opponents attempt, and so far the Cyclones have been successful ... ISU has hit 365 free throws, while opponents have attempted just 307 on the season ... against Kansas on Jan. 3, Iowa State hit 33, while the Jayhawks attempted just five on the night ... and against Texas A&M ISU hit 21 free throws, while the Aggies attempted just six.
Cyclones Making Way Through Schedule
Iowa State is 19-7 on the season, including a 10-game winning streak earlier in the season ... ISU has faced nine NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago and 15 of the 23 teams on ISU’s schedule to this point were in the postseason last year ... the Cyclones have gone 7-4 against 2006 NCAA Tourney teams.
ISU’s 13-1 start to the season 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.
Iowa State claimed the mythical state championship for the second consecutive season ... the Cyclones defeated UNI, 80-74, in overtime in Cedar Falls on Nov. 20 ... then knocked off Iowa 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 Feb. 11, the Cyclones ranked highly in a number of categories ... the Cyclones’ 7.3 three-pointers per game ranked 12th nationally, while their 15.6 assists per game rank 46th ... ISU’s personal fouls per game rank 19th ... the Cyclones’ 37.2 field goal percentage defense is 43rd and their +5.1 rebound margin is 40th ... their +8.1 scoring margin is also 60th ... individually, Lyndsey Medders ranks eighth with 6.4 assists per game ... Nicky Wieben’s 1.8 blocks per game ranks 62nd.
Big 12 Rankings
In games through Feb. 18, the Cyclones lead the Big 12 in three-point field goals per game (7.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio ... they rank second in free throw percentage (.742) and third in assists (15.5) ... ISU is fourth in field-goal percentage defense (.372) and rebounding margin (+4.5), and sixth in three-point field goal accuracy (.334) ... individually, Lyndsey Medders leads the league in assists (6.5) and is 16th in individual scoring with 12 ppg ... Nicky Wieben is fourth (1.8) in blocked shots and 15th in scoring (12.6) ... Medders is second in assist-to-turnover ratio ... Medders is fifth and Heather Ezell is ninth in three-point field goals made ... Wieben is fifth and Toccara Ross is eighth in free throw percentage ... Ross is ninth in rebounding (7.6).
ISU head coach Bill Fennelly earned his 400th career victory with the Cyclones’ season-opening win vs. Cal State Fullerton ... Fennelly is now 418-170 overall and 252-117 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 as a top 30 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award ... she is a top 50 finalist for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless ... was named to the Women’s John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team ... was also named one of the nation’s top five point guards by ESPN.com ... 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 (112) 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 did not receive votes in the Associated Press Poll or the Coaches’ Poll last week ... ISU was picked No. 23 in two preseason publications, including Street & Smith’s College Basketball Yearbook and SportsPageMagazine.com.
Home Sweet Hilton Magic
The Cyclones have been phenomenal at home during head coach Bill Fennelly’s tenure, compiling a 153-27 record (.850) 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).
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