The Iowa State women beat No. 18 Texas 82-73 win on Saturday and with it, gave Bill Fennelly’s program its first 12-win conference season since 2012-13.
Also with the win over Texas, the Cyclones improved to 22-7 overall on the season and 12-5 in Big 12 play. They currently hold sole possession of second place in the league with one regular season game remaining.
What it all means…
The team’s final opponent for the regular season is the last-place Kansas Jayhawks, who Iowa State will take on Monday night at Hilton Coliseum (6:30 p.m. Cyclones.tv).
All things considered, Iowa State should roll away with a 13-5 Big 12 record and the 2-seed in Oklahoma City for the conference tournament.
This keeps the Cyclones on the opposite end of the bracket as No. 1 Baylor, who has only suffered one loss this year and are undefeated in league play.
If Iowa State can take care of business in its opening round conference tournament game, they will probably see the Longhorns once again and have another chance at one more quality win for its resume.
As for the NCAA Tournament, since every top-four seed gets to host the first two rounds in its own building, the Cyclones improved their situation even more.
Iowa State was No. 11 in the RPI heading into the game against the Longhorns.
After adding another quality win to an already strong resume, it is possible that as long as Iowa State avoids a disaster against Kansas on Monday, that top-four seed is already in the bag.