Women's Basketball

WBB: Cyclones win at Texas puts team in great spot ahead of postseason

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.

Connor Ferguson

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Connor will be covering women’s basketball for Cyclone Fanatic during the 2018-19 season. He is currently a junior enrolled at Iowa State and is studying journalism at Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism. Connor also covers a variety of sports around the state of Iowa, including Indoor football and motorsports for Last Word on Sports. He also appears on-air four times a week covering high school football for 1460 KXnO, college football for his own podcast, and professional sports for 88.5 KURE – Iowa State’s student radio station.