Cyclones Face Wildcats in Manhattan
Courtesy: Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women’s basketball team will close out the regular season with a pair of road games, beginning at Kansas State Saturday at 1 p.m. ... ISU has won its last three straight and four out of the last five, most recently knocking off 25th-ranked Nebraska, 64-53, on Tuesday night ... senior Megan 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 20-7 on the season and 8-6 in the Big 12, giving the Cyclones their eighth 20-win season in school history and the seventh under Fennelly ... ISU finished the home season with a 15-1 record at Hilton, while ISU is 3-6 in true road games ... the Cyclones wrapped up the non-conference slate at 12-1 overall ... Kansas State dropped its third straight on Wednesday at Missouri, 69-61, to fall to 16-11 on the season and 4-10 in the Big 12 ... the Wildcats have won just two games over their last 11 ... Iowa State won the first meeting with the Wildcats, 73-68, at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 27 ... 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 666 ... sophomore Nicky Wieben is ISU’s leading scorer with 12.4 points, hitting double digits in 19 games this season, and 1.9 blocks per game ... Toccara Ross continues to lead the Cyclones on the glass with 7.6 rpg.
On the Tube The Iowa State-Kansas State game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net (cable channel 40 in Ames), check your local listings ... Kevin Eschenfelder (play-by-play) and Patti Phillips (color) will be calling the action.
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
Seniors Lyndsey Medders and Megan Ronhovde paced the Iowa State women’s basketball team to a 64-53 win over the 25th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers Tuesday night in the seniors’ final home contest at Hilton Coliseum ... Iowa State improved to 20-7 on the season, collecting its eighth 20-win season in school history and the seventh under head coach Bill Fennelly, and finishing the home slate with just one loss (15-1) ... the Cyclones also improved to 8-6 in the Big 12 and knocked off its third ranked opponent of the season at Hilton, moving to 3-3 against top-25 teams this season ... Medders had a phenomenal game on Senior Night with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Ronhovde had a special night as well with 15 points and eight boards ... fellow senior Abby Reinert earned the second start of her career and grabbed one rebound ... Toccara Ross was close to her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Nicky Wieben turned in nine points and 10 rebounds in another balanced performance by the Cyclones ... the Cyclones shot 37.5 percent from the field and went 9-of-21 from three-point range, including hitting seven in the second half ... Iowa State outrebounded the Huskers, 46-40 ... the Huskers shot 33.8 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from beyond the arc ... the Cyclones held a 26-19 advantage after the first 20 minutes ... Medders hit a three with just under a minute left and then knocked down a jumper at the buzzer to give Cyclones a spark heading into the locker room ... Iowa State held Nebraska to a season-low 19 points at halftime, as the Huskers shot just 24.3 percent from the floor and were 1-for-14 from three-point range over the first period ... both teams struggled to score in the first half, going nearly four minutes from the 4:46 mark to the :54 mark without either team scoring ... ISU got out to a 6-2 lead as NU started 1-for-10 from the floor ... but the Huskers came back to tie the game at six ... ISU got out to its largest lead of the first half, 19-12, with seven minutes to go on a three by Ronhovde ... the Cyclones shot just 35.7 percent and committed nine first-half turnovers ... after getting hot to close the first half, Medders opened the second half with a three-pointer ... the Cyclones extended their lead to 11 points, 32-21, on a conventional three-point play by Wieben, before the Huskers went on a 9-0 run to close the gap back to two ... ISU answered with an 8-0 spurt of its own, capped by back-to-back treys by Medders and Ronhovde to take a 40-30 lead ... Iowa State widened the gap to 19, 53-34, as the Cyclones warmed up from three-point range ... the Huskers cut it to 12, 53-41, but Medders knocked down another trey to keep Nebraska at arms length ... Nebraska made one final run, cutting the lead to 10 points, 58-48, with two and a half minutes to go, but Ross hit back-to-back field goals to seal the Cyclone win.
About the Cyclones
Iowa State has used six different starting lineups this season ... ISU is 20-7 on the year and 8-6 in the Big 12 ... ISU finished 15-1 at Hilton Coliseum this year ... ISU is outscoring opponents by a margin of +8.6, and is averaging 68.5 ppg ... the Cyclones are shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from three-point range ... ISU has outrebounded opponents with a +4.6 margin ... Iowa State is in its 34th season of women’s basketball and holds a 490-470 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 Wildcats
Kansas State has gone 2-9 since opening the conference with a 2-1 record with wins over Texas A&M and Missouri ... the Wildcats have lost their last three straight, including a double-overtime loss at Kansas last Sunday and a 69-61 loss at Missouri on Wednesday night ... Kansas State went 12-1 in the non-conference slate and is 10-3 at Bramlage Coliseum this season ... four Wildcats are averaging double figures, led by Claire Coggins with 13.6 points and Kimberly Dietz with 13 points per game ... Marlies Gipson, KSU’s leading rebounder with 8.3 rpg, has been out since Jan. 13 due to injury ... Kansas State is averaging 65.7 points per game, while holding opponents to a 59.7 ppg average ... however, the Wildcats are averaging just 60.6 ppg during conference games, while allowing 66.1 points by league opponents ... KSU is shooting 41.1 percent from the floor for the season and 32 percent from long range ... the Wildcats average 6.1 threes per game and are being outrebounded with a -1.1 margin ... Kansas State won the WNIT last season ... head coach Deb Patterson is 215-124 in her 11 seasons at Kansas State.
Kansas State holds a 41-22 advantage in the all-time series with Iowa State ... the Cyclones trail the Wildcats 21-8 in Manhattan ... Iowa State has won three of the last five meetings, including the last two straight, with a 73-68 win in Ames on Jan. 27 ... the teams split games last season, with Kansas State winning in Ames and Iowa State taking the victory in Manhattan ... the Cyclones earned a 71-66 win in the meeting in Manhattan last season.
Sophomore Nicky Wieben has scored in double figures in 19 games this season, including four of the last five games ... Wieben has two double-doubles on the year, while junior Toccara Ross has logged four double-doubles ... 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 shoot 41.4 percent from the floor on the road, but is holding opponents to 35.4 percent at Hilton ... the Cyclones are outscoring home opponents with a +14.9 ppg margin, while struggling with a -4.6 scoring margin on the road ... ISU has won two out of its last three 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 12-2 this season when holding opponents under 60 points, while the Cyclones are 20-2 when scoring 60 points or better.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Nicky Wieben was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week by a media voting panel for games from Feb. 12-18 ... Wieben averaged 19 points, 5.5 rebounds and two blocks ... she hit 14-of-18 shots from the floor (.788) and went 9-of-10 from the charity stripe ... she poured in 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds while hitting 7-of-9 field goal attempts in the win over No. 13 Texas A&M ... her blocked shot also put her in sole possession of second place on the Iowa State career chart in just her sophomore season ... against Colorado, Wieben went for 18 points, including 11 in the first half, four rebounds and three blocked shots.
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.
Bolte Earns Spot at WBCA All-Star Game
Kelsey Bolte, who has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Iowa State women’s basketball team in 2007, has been named one of the Top 20 high school seniors selected for the 2007 WBCA’s High School All-America Game presented by Nike ... the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association selected 20 players from across the country to participate in the 16th annual event ... the event is part of the WBCA National Convention, which takes place at the NCAA Women’s Final Four ... Bolte was among a list of student-athletes chosen who have signed with Tennessee, Duke, North Carolina, Ohio State, Connecticut, Maryland, Rutgers, and others.
Iowa State has made at least one three-pointer in 361 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 387 ... 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 114 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 163 assists this season rank second on the senior list and needs just three to pass Stacy Frese for that record as well ... she has only had one game with fewer than three assists this season.
Sophomore Nicky Wieben has posted 51 blocked shots on the season and 110 for her career, ranking her second all-time in ISU history ... she needs 45 to tie for first place ... this season Wieben has had three games with five blocks and seven 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 666 dimes and is fourth all-time in Big 12 history ... she need 58 assists to move into third place on the Big 12 list ... Medders also ranks ninth in school history with 1,330 points on the ISU career scoring chart ... she needs 27 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 1,035 career points ... she has made her way onto the ISU career rebounding charts, ranking seventh with 660, and ranks third in three-point field goal makes with 226.
Big 12 Honors
Freshman Alison Lacey earned Big 12 weekly honors when she was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s basketball Rookie of the Week 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, and the 64-53 win over No. 25 Nebraska, Iowa State is now 3-3 on the season against ranked team, 39-104 all-time and 33-45 against ranked teams under Bill Fennelly ... Iowa State has faced five teams ranked in the top 25 this season, including Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska (twice), Baylor and Texas A&M.
The Cyclones have shot 74.3 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 372 free throws, while opponents have attempted just 313 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 20-7 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. 18, the Cyclones ranked highly in a number of categories ... the Cyclones’ 7.1 three-pointers per game ranked 15th nationally, while their 15.5 assists per game ranked 48th ... ISU’s personal fouls per game ranked 22nd and their 74.2 free throw percentage ranks 32nd ... committing just 15.5 turnovers per game, Iowa State ranked 41st ... the Cyclones’ 37.2 field goal percentage defense was 44th and their +4.5 rebound margin was 46th ... their +8.5 scoring margin was also 55th ... individually, Lyndsey Medders ranked seventh with 6.5 assists per game ... Nicky Wieben’s 1.8 blocks per game ranked 55th.
Big 12 Rankings
In games through Feb. 21, the Cyclones lead the Big 12 in three-point field goals per game (7.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio ... they rank second in free throw percentage (.743) and third in assists (15.6) ... ISU is fourth in field-goal percentage defense (.371) and rebounding margin (+4.6), and sixth in three-point field goal accuracy (.337) ... individually, Lyndsey Medders leads the league in assists (6.5) and is 17th in individual scoring with 12.1 ppg ... Nicky Wieben is third (1.9) in blocked shots and 15th in scoring (12.4) ... Medders is second in assist-to-turnover ratio ... Medders is fifth and Heather Ezell is ninth in three-point field goals made ... Wieben is fourth 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 419-170 overall and 253-117 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 a finalist for the eighth annual Nancy Lieberman award for the nation’s top point guard ... she was a top 30 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and 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 and was 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 nearly triple the conference victories (113) 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 this week, and received a single vote in the Coaches’ Poll ... 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 154-27 record (.850) in Hilton Coliseum, including a 69-3 mark against regular-season nonconference opponents ... Iowa State was a last-second shot away from going undefeated at home this season, finishing with a 15-1 record at Hilton ... the Cyclones 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 ... 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.
Re: Cyclones Face Wildcats in Manhattan
Holy crap, are you auditioning for the women's b-ball pr person.
Re: Cyclones Face Wildcats in Manhattan
Um that is just the release from cyclones.com and was brought over here for a good start of discusion before the game.
Originally Posted by 2020cy
Re: Cyclones Face Wildcats in Manhattan
I think the girls have a good shot of taking both road games and finishing 22-7 (10-6) in the regular season. Win a game or hopefully two or more in the conference tourney, and we should have a decent NCAA tourney seed.
Re: Cyclones Face Wildcats in Manhattan
I like the way you think cstrunk. I would be happy with a split on these last two road games and a couple of Big12 tournament victories. Here's to a decent NCAA tourney seed and a deep run well into the tournament. Go Sisters!
Originally Posted by cstrunk
Re: Cyclones Face Wildcats in Manhattan
Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are also playing well - two games behind and would own the tiebreaker if they win out and we don't win at least one of these road games. We will likely finish 5th, which puts us in good position. Other outcomes are possible - figure them out at MRed's Big 12 bracket generator here -
Right now I think we are a top twenty team with a shot at the sweet sixteen round if we get a favorable seed - 5, 6 or 7. That's possible with at least one more win and a couple of wins in the Big 12 tournament. Let's get that win this time.
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