WBB: Iowa State Hosts No. 9 Baylor Sunday 3:00 pm ESPN2

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Back on the Deuce for a national TV game Sunday

From Cyclones.com:




Where: Hilton Coliseum- Ames, Iowa
When: Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3 PM
Projected Starting Lineup: Kristin Scott, Ashley Joens, Kylie Feuerbach, Emily Ryan, Lexi Donarski
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Noah Wolf, Molly Parrott
TV: ESPN2
Talent: Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson


The Lead
Iowa State looks for its second sweep in Big 12 play when it takes on No. 9 Baylor on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. The Cyclones won their second-straight win over Baylor on Jan. 16, 75-71 and their first win in Waco since 1997.Iowa State will honor head coach Bill Fennelly pregame for reaching 700 wins in his coaching career with Toledo and Iowa State.

Key Storylines
  • Junior Ashley Joens is eighth in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.4 points a game. Joens earned multiple National Player of the Week nods two weeks ago after scoring a combined 57 points and grabbing 27 boards in wins over OSU and at Baylor.
  • Joens is one of two players in the nation averaging over 24+ points and 9+ rebounds per game. She has four career 30-point, 15-rebound performances. All other former Cyclones combine for three all-time.
  • Iowa State women's basketball is ranked 30th in the NET rankings. Iowa State has played 16 games this season, which is among the top-20 in nation for games played. With three wins over the NET Top-50, Iowa State ranks tied for 10th in the nation. The Cyclones have also faced the 13th toughest schedule to date in the nation. Of teams ranked in the AP Top 25, the Cyclones rank fourth in strength of schedule.
  • The Cyclones have won nine of their last 11 games, with each of ISU's losses coming at the hands of Texas.
  • Few Big 12 teams have grabbed a win over Baylor in the last six seasons, as Baylor has lost just seven Big 12 games in that span, three of which have been to the Cyclones. No team has defeated BU twice in that span.
 
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From Baylorbears.com:



URSIN, SMITH AND ANDREWS SHINE IN HOME WIN VS. TCU
Moon Ursin reached the 20-point mark for the third time in the last five games, NaLyssa Smith had 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and freshman Sarah Andrews scored all 18 of her points in the fourth quarter as Baylor coasted to its second win over TCU this season, Tuesday. Ursin has been an incredible story for the Lady Bears, averaging just 4.0 points per contest for her career coming into her senior season. She had just five starts prior to starting in all of Baylor's games this season, and she's averaging career bests with 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists. In the last five games she's averaged 17.6, 8.0 and 3.6, respectively. Smith has 11-straight games with double-figure scoring and five double-doubles in the last six games. Andrews missed her first nine shots before hitting six of her last eight, including four 3-point field goals, and Baylor went on to their 31st-consecutive victory over the Horned Frogs.

LADY BEARS LOOKING TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF IOWA STATE SERIES
Prior to Iowa State's back-to-back wins over Baylor March 8, 2020 and Jan. 16, 2021, the last team to beat Baylor twice in a row was Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish beat the Lady Bears in consecutive Elite 8s March 31, 2014 and March 29, 2015. The last Big 12 team to beat Baylor twice in a row in conference play was Texas on Jan. 31, 2010 and again on March, 2010. If Iowa State were to pull off the upset again, it would be the first time a league opponent beat Baylor three times in a row in the regular season since Oklahoma beat the Lady Bears four-straight times in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. Baylor's focus will be on returning to controlling the series with Iowa State. The Lady Bears lead the all-time series 30-9 and are 29-6 in the Mulkey era. Prior to the Cyclones' two wins over Baylor, the Lady Bears had taken 19 of the previous 20 meetings.

RICHARDS, KNOWN FOR HER DEFENSE, QUIETLY MOVING UP BAYLOR'S ALL-TIME ASSISTS LIST
When most think of DiDi Richards, they think defense. After all, she was the National Defensive Player of the Year by both the WBCA and Naismith last season without having high steals or blocks numbers. Her reputation for on-ball defense and pestering the Big 12 and the nation's top perimeter players earned her the awards. But, many might not know that Richards is one of Baylor's all-time best passers. In her last five games, Richards has collected 42 assists with just 10 turnovers. This season, she ranks first in the Big 12 in assists per game, which ranks 8th nationally. She ranks second in the league in total assists, and last season she was the Big 12 statistical champion and ranked 7th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. Her 459 assists coming into Sunday's game ranks 5th all-time on the Baylor career assists list. With COVID-19 looming, Richards may not get to put up the numbers she normally would have, but she has a shot to leave Baylor at 3rd all-time in that category. Kristy Wallace collected 525 assists in her four years and ranks third. Richards has 11 Big 12 games left to play, a Big 12 Tournament and an NCAA Tournament. Her pace is 6.7 assists per game, and if she continues at that rate, she would pass Wallace in the next 12 games. Niya Johnson is Baylor's all-time leader with 988 and Odyssey Sims ranked second at 641.

BAYLOR WINS 1,000TH WIN AS A PROGRAM; LADY BEARS BECOME 15TH PROGRAM IN D1 HISTORY TO REACH 1,000 VICTORIES
Baylor's win at South Florida Dec. 1 marked the program's 1,000th victory. Baylor became the 15th program in NCAA Division I history to reach 1,000 victories joining Tennessee, UConn, James Madison, Louisiana Tech, Stanford, Texas, SFA, Old Dominion, Ohio State, Maryland, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin-Green Bay, South Dakota State, and Notre Dame.
 

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Big 12 games only:

Offense
IndexTeamGW-LPTSAVG/G
1Baylor76-154477.7
2Iowa State97-269076.7

Defense
IndexTeamGW-LPTSAVG/G
1Baylor76-138354.7
2Oklahoma State118-366860.7
3Texas96-358364.8
4West Virginia97-258965.4
5Iowa State97-262769.7


Baylor (6-1-0, 6-1-0)
Baylor Season Results
DATEOPPONENTRESULTATTENDANCE
12/10/2020* at West VirginiaW 65-45121
12/14/2020* Texas TechW 91-452105
01/02/2021* at TCUW 74-501605
01/16/2021* Iowa StateL 71-752247
01/20/2021* at Oklahoma StateW 77-581123
01/23/2021* OklahomaW 84-612274
01/26/2021* TCUW 82-492261

Iowa State (7-2-0, 7-2-0)
Iowa State Season Results
DATEOPPONENTRESULTATTENDANCE
12/02/2020* at TCUW 91-68715
12/18/2020* Kansas StateW 91-69802
01/03/2021* at TexasL 59-74
01/10/2021* at Texas TechW 99-722000
01/13/2021* Oklahoma StateW 90-80724
01/16/2021* at BaylorW 75-712247
01/19/2021* OklahomaW 64-63695
01/23/2021* TexasL 59-701026
01/28/2021* at Kansas StateW 62-60620
 

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Four games on The Deuce and two on ESPNU this season. Good timing with Sat/Sun games against Texas and Baylor. I think two of those were bump ups originally slated for ESPNU so some nice national recognition that the team is worth watching. I know peeps on CF like to endlessly complain about announcers but they have all recognized a good storyline for the national audiences, national star Ashley and all of the freshman.

Hoping one of the WVU games will at least hit ESPNU. The final in Ames (as currently scheduled) with WVU could be big to the title or standings. Assuming Kansas will be played after that and we stay lucky (both opponents and us) and no more games get postponed.
 
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3-pointers must fall at a decent rate if ISU has a chance to win. Don't miss too many layups. Can we shoot some midrange pull-ups if it's too hard to get to the rim?
 

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Ashley pushed to the ground twice,on o no call. Terrible misses there.
 

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Actually calling over the back and displacement. Refs keep that up and we have a chance. That is baylor's go to move.
 

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It's sickening that a lot of Baylor's offense is just throwing the ball near the hoop and offense rebound 2, 3, even 4 times to score. If the sisters could defense rebound better, they would've had a much larger lead.