ISU Wraps Up Regular Season at Tech
Courtesy: Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women’s basketball team wraps up the regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday at Texas Tech ... with its win Saturday at Kansas State, the Cyclones moved into a tie for fourth place in the Big 12 standings with Nebraska at 9-6 ... the Huskers host Colorado on Tuesday and the Big 12 Tournament seeds and first round byes will be determined by that game and the Cyclones’ game at Texas Tech ... with an ISU win and a Nebraska loss, Iowa State would claim the fourth seed and a first-round bye ... if both teams lose, the Cyclones would win the tiebreaker, but if both teams win, Nebraska will win the tiebreaker and Iowa State will have to play a first-round game at the conference tournament ... ISU has won its last four straight and five out of the last six, most recently coming back to win on the road at Kansas State, 64-61, Saturday ... 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 21-7 on the season and 9-6 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 4-6 in true road games ... the Cyclones wrapped up the non-conference slate at 12-1 overall ... Texas Tech has lost its last three games and six of its last seven, including falling at Texas, 59-47, on Saturday ... the Red Raiders are 15-14 on the season and 6-9 in the Big 12 ... Texas Tech will celebrate Senior Night on Thursday in its final home contest of the year ... ISU senior All-America 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 673 ... Medders and sophomore Nicky Wieben are ISU’s leading scorers with 12.2 points per game each ... Wieben has scored in double figures in 19 games and has 1.9 blocks per game ... Toccara Ross continues to lead the Cyclones on the glass with 7.6 rpg.
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 trailed the Kansas State Wildcats all day, but came back to earn the win, 64-61, Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum ... the Cyclones improved to 21-7 overall and 9-6 in the Big 12 Conference, while Kansas State dropped to 16-12 overall and 4-11 in the league ... Iowa State swept the series with the Wildcats for the first time since 2001 and swept both Kansas State and Kansas in the same season for the first time in school history ... ISU tied the game for the first time at 59-all with 1:52 remaining when Lyndsey Medders got the steal and the breakaway layup ... KSU’s Ashley Sweat got a layin with 1:03 on the clock, but Medders found fellow senior Megan Ronhovde in the corner for a three to give the Cyclones their first lead of the game, 62-61, with 27 seconds left ... Iowa State got the defensive stop on the other end and the Wildcats were forced to foul Medders, who knocked down both free throw attempts to give ISU its final three-point cushion, 64-61 ... Medders led the Cyclones with 16 points and seven assists, while Ronhovde had 12 points and five rebounds as the seniors led ISU for the second straight game ... the Cyclones shot 40.7 percent for the contest and outrebounded KSU, 36-34 ... Sweat turned in 25 points for the Wildcats, while Shalee Lehning finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists ... the Cyclones went cold to start the second half, going 2-of-11 from the field and committing seven turnovers over the first eight minutes of the second half, as Kansas State raced out to a 49-39 lead and held ISU without a field goal for over seven minutes ... Iowa State finally answered with a 7-0 run, ignited by a Ronhovde three-pointer, to make the score 49-46 ... ISU kept cutting the KSU lead down, but the Wildcats seemed to find answers until the very end ... Kansas State held just a 40-35 lead at halftime after leading by as many as 14, 23-9, with just over 11 minutes left in the period ... the Wildcats hit one of their five first-half treys to take a 33-24 advantage, before ISU started chipping away at the KSU lead ... Amanda Nisleit and Alison Lacey knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to cut the advantage to three points, 33-30 ... KSU got up by as many as eight from there, but Medders got a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to make the score 38-35 ... Kansas State got a final score by Sweat to push its halftime lead to five ... eight Cyclones scored in the first half, led by Medders and Nisleit with seven points each ... ISU shot 50 percent from the floor over the first 20 minutes, but allowed the Wildcats to shoot 51.7 percent and 5-of-9 from three-point range ... Sweat had 14 and Lehning had 13 first-half points.
About the Cyclones
Iowa State has used six different starting lineups this season ... ISU is 21-7 on the year and 9-6 in the Big 12 ... ISU finished 15-1 at Hilton Coliseum this year ... ISU is outscoring opponents by a margin of +8.4, and is averaging 68.3 ppg ... the Cyclones are shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 33.5 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 491-470 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 Red Raiders
Texas Tech is tied with Texas for seventh place in the Big 12 standings with a 6-9 league record ... the Red Raiders have lost their last three straight and six out of their last seven to fall to 15-14 on the season ... Texas Tech lost at Texas, 59-47, on Saturday ... the Red Raiders are averaging 63.5 points per game and are allowing 61.6 ppg by opponents ... TTU is shooting 40.4 percent from the floor and 31.4 from three-point range ... the Red Raiders hold a +1.1 rebounding margin ... senior Alesha Robertson leads TTU with 13 points and 8.6 rebounds per game ... Jordan Murphree is averaging nine points and three assists ... Patrice Edwards has posted 12.3 ppg in league games ... head coach Kristy Curry is in her first season at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 8-5 ... the Cyclones have never won in Lubbock, holding an 0-5 record vs. Texas Tech on the road ... ISU won 69-65 on Valentine’s Day last season in Ames, in the teams’ most recent meeting.
Sophomore Nicky Wieben has scored in double figures in 19 games and has led ISU in scoring in 11 games this season ... Wieben has two double-doubles on the year, while junior Toccara Ross has logged four double-doubles ... Ross has been in double figures in 17 games this years and has led the Cyclones on the glass in 13 contests ... ISU has won two out of its last four 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 21-2 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.
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 362 consecutive regular-season games dating back to 1995 ... that streak now ranks second 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 and Stanford ended its streak at 403 on Feb. 22 ... Canisius College now unofficially holds the longest current streak at 389 consecutive games ... 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 115 consecutive games through four years ... her single-game high was a school-record 16 assists vs. IPFW last season ... she ranks now holds the single-season class records for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors ... with her seven assists at Kansas State, she now has 170 this season to overtake Stacy Frese’s senior mark of 165 ... she has only had one game with fewer than three assists this season.
Sophomore Nicky Wieben has posted 53 blocked shots on the season and 112 for her career, ranking her second all-time in ISU history ... she needs 43 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 673 dimes and is fourth all-time in Big 12 history ... she need 51 assists to move into third place on the Big 12 list ... Medders also ranks ninth in school history with 1,346 points on the ISU career scoring chart ... she needs 11 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 1,047 career points ... she has made her way onto the ISU career rebounding charts, ranking seventh with 665, and ranks third in three-point field goal makes with 230.
Big 12 Honors
Nicky Wieben was the most recent Cyclone to win Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors which is chosen by a media voting panel for games from Feb. 12-18 ... Wieben averaged 19 points, 5.5 rebounds and two blocks for that week ... she hit 14-of-18 shots from the floor (.788) and went 9-of-10 from the charity stripe ... 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 teams, 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 74.5 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 385 free throws, while opponents have attempted just 329 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 21-7 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. 25, the Cyclones rank highly in a number of categories ... the Cyclones’ 7.1 three-pointers per game rank 13th nationally, while their 15.5 assists per game ranks 48th ... ISU’s personal fouls per game rank 23rd and their 74.5 free throw percentage ranks 31st ... committing just 15.4 turnovers per game, Iowa State ranks 42nd ... the Cyclones’ 37.3 field goal percentage defense is 48th and their +4.5 rebound margin is 49th ... their +8.4 scoring margin is 57th ... individually, Lyndsey Medders ranks sixth with 6.5 assists per game ... Nicky Wieben’s 1.9 blocks per game ranks 47th.
Big 12 Rankings
In games through Feb. 25, 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 (.745) and third in assists (15.5) ... ISU is fourth in field-goal percentage defense (.373) and rebounding margin (+4.5), and sixth in three-point field goal accuracy (.335) ... individually, Lyndsey Medders leads the league in assists (6.5) and is tied for 16th in individual scoring with 12.2 ppg with teammate Nicky Wieben ... Wieben is also third (1.9) in blocked shots ... Medders is second in assist-to-turnover ratio ... Medders is fifth, Megan Ronhovde is ninth and Heather Ezell is 10th in three-point field goals made ... Wieben is fifth and Toccara Ross is ninth 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 420-170 overall and 254-117 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 (114) 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 recieved 26 points in the Associated Press Poll this week which would be good for 28th place in the standings ... ISU received a single vote last week’s Coaches’ Poll, but that poll will not be released until Tuesday of this 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 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: ISU Wraps Up Regular Season at Tech
with an ISU win and a Nebraska loss, Iowa State would claim the fourth seed and a first-round bye ... if both teams lose, the Cyclones would win the tiebreaker, but if both teams win, Nebraska will win the tiebreaker and Iowa State will have to play a first-round game at the conference tournament ...
As much as I hate CU, I'm hoping for a CU victory over NU just to lock up a first round bye for the Sisters.
Re: ISU Wraps Up Regular Season at Tech
Despite what the release says, ISU doesn't necessarily win the tiebreaker if both ISU and Nebraska lose. If they both lose and Baylor wins and A&M loses, it comes down to a coin flip between ISU and Nebraska.