Cyclones Host No. 22 Texas Wednesday
Courtesy: Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women’s basketball team plays host to the Texas Longhorns at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum ... the Cyclones have lost three straight in Big 12 Conference play and are 13-4 on the season and 1-3 in the league ... ISU is 9-1 at Hilton this season and will travel to Kansas and Oklahoma following the home game vs. Texas ... the Cyclones wrapped up the non-conference slate at 12-1 overall ... Texas is 13-4 on the season and earned a 68-49 home win over Colorado on Saturday to improve to 2-1 in the conference ... in the Cyclones’ win over Loyola Marymount, ISU senior All-America candidate Lyndsey Medders broke the Iowa State career assist record and now has 615 ... she and Nicky Wieben lead the Cyclones with 12.8 points per game and Medders leads the squad with 6.6 assists per game ... Toccara Ross leads the Cyclones on the glass with 7.1 rpg.
On the Tube The Iowa State-Texas game will be televised statewide on Mediacom (cable channel 22 in Ames), check your local listings ... B.J. Schaben (play-by-play) and Kelly Hanfelt (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
The Iowa State women’s basketball team had an open layup with just over a second remaining, but couldn’t get it to fall, suffering a 45-44 loss to Oklahoma State in Big 12 Conference action Saturday night at Hilton Coliseum ... the Cyclones led by 10 points, 39-29, with 10 minutes left in the game, but the Cowgirls slowly whittled the lead down, taking a 42-41 lead on a three-pointer by Taylor Hardeman with 3:34 remaining, and a four-point lead, 45-41 with 1:21 left ... ISU senior Megan Ronhovde hit a three with 1:02 on the clock and after a three-point miss and foul, Iowa State still had a chance to win the game after OSU committed a turnover under the ISU basket ... but the Cyclones couldn’t get the layup to fall and after getting the ball back, ISU had a miscue on the inbounds pass with just over a second left that finished off the Cowgirl win ... sophomore Nicky Wieben nearly had a double-double for Iowa State with 15 points and nine rebounds, while senior Lyndsey Medders nearly went for a triple-double with 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists on the night ... the Cyclones, however, struggled on the offensive end, shooting just 29.6 percent (16-54) from the field, 26.7 percent from beyond the arc (8-30) and 40 percent from the free throw line (4-10) ... Oklahoma State was led by Danielle Green with 13 points and seven rebounds, but the Cowgirls were balanced with eight different people scoring in their winning effort ... OSU shot just 34.6 percent from the field, including a 40.9 percent mark in the first half, and outrebounded ISU, 41-35.
About the Cyclones
Iowa State is 13-4 on the year and 1-3 in the Big 12 ... ISU is 9-1 at Hilton Coliseum this year ... ISU is outscoring opponents by a margin of +11.4, and is averaging 70.4 ppg ... the Cyclones are shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from three-point range ... ISU has outrebounded opponents with a +6.9 margin ... Iowa State is in its 34th season of women’s basketball and holds a 483-467 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 Longhorns
Texas has won its last three contests to improve to 13-4 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12 ... the Longhorns forced 32 Colorado turnovers as UT earned a 68-49 win over the Buffs last Saturday in Austin ... UT won an overtime contest at Missouri and knocked off 10th-ranked Purdue 64-61 on Jan. 7 ... the Longhorns’ only league loss came in a 79-75 home decision to Nebraska ... Texas is led by senior Tiffany Jackson with 19.9 points and nine rebounds per contest ... Erika Arriaran was UT’s second-leading scorer before being knocked out for the season with a knee injury ... as a team, Texas is averaging 69.7 points per game, while holding opponents to 57.9 ... the Longhorns are shooting 42.5 percent from the floor and are forcing 22.8 turnovers per game by their opponents ... UT is also posting 4.9 blocks per game.
The series between Iowa State and Texas is tied at seven-all, after the teams split the two contests last season ... the Longhorns defeated the Cyclones, 80-50, in Austin during the regular-season, but Iowa State took a 72-68 win in the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, Texas, last season ... Texas won four straight from 2002 to 2004, and Iowa State won four straight prior to that ... Iowa State’s biggest win in the series was an 87-47 victory in Ames on Feb. 20, 2001.
Lyndsey Medders broke the ISU career assist record against Loyola Marymount, passing Lindsey Wilson’s previous record of 589 ... Medders currently has 615 dimes and is fourth all-time in Big 12 history ... Medders also ranks 10th in school history with 1,246 points on the ISU career scoring chart ... she needs 38 points to move into ninth place ... Megan Ronhovde is just 56 points shy of becoming the 19th player in ISU history to join the 1,000-point club, as she now has 944 career points ... she has made her way onto the ISU career rebounding charts, ranking eighth with 621, and is three shy of seventh place ... Nicky Wieben has 31 blocked shots this season and has 90 for her career, which is good for fifth place on the Iowa State career charts ... she moved up two spots against Kansas and needs two more for fourth place ... her 31 blocks on the season is the third best by a sophomore in school history.
The Cyclones have shot 71.7 percent from the charity stripe this season, to rank third in the Big 12 ... head coach Bill Fennelly has made it goal for ISU to make more free throws than the opponents attempt, and so far the Cyclones have been successful ... ISU has hit 228 free throws, while opponents have attempted just 193 on the season ... against Kansas, Iowa State hit 33, while the Jayhawks attempted just five on the night.
Cyclones Making Way Through Schedule
Iowa State is 13-4 on the season, including a 10-game winning streak earlier in the season ... ISU has faced six NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago and nine of the 17 teams on ISU’s schedule to this point were in the postseason last year ... the Cyclones have gone 4-2 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 Northern Iowa, 80-74, in overtime in Cedar Falls on Nov. 20 ... then knocked off the Iowa Hawkeyes 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 Jan.11, the Cyclones ranked highly in a number of categories ... the Cyclones’ 7.7 three-pointers per game ranked 10th nationally, while their 17.3 assists per game ranked 18th ... ISU’s personal fouls per game rank 16th ... the Cyclones’ +7.8 rebound margin is 22nd and its 35.9 field goal percentage defense is 25th ... their +12.2 scoring margin is also 42nd ... individually, Lyndsey Medders ranked fourth with 6.5 assists per game ... Nicky Wieben’s 1.8 blocks per game ranked 55th.
Big 12 Rankings
In games through Jan. 13, the Cyclones lead the Big 12 in three-point field goals per game (7.7) and assists-to-turnover ratio ... they rank third in free throw percentage (.717) and assists (16.8) ... ISU is fifth in field-goal percentage defense (.358) and fourth in rebounding margin (+6.9) ... individually, Lyndsey Medders leads the league in assists (6.6) and is tied with Nickey Wieben for 14th in individual scoring ... Wieben is sixth (1.82) in blocked shots ... Medders is third in assist-to-turnover ratio ... Medders is fifth and Heather Ezell is seventh in three-point field goals made ... Wieben is sixth and Toccara Ross is eighth in free throw percentage ... Ross is 11th in rebounding (7.1) and 12th in field goal percentage, while Wieben is 13th.
The Season of Giving
Iowa State has passed out 286 assists on 435 made field goals for the season, for 65.7 percent ... it is the best assist-to-field goal ratio since the Cyclones posted 68 percent or better in back-to-back seasons in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
ISU head coach Bill Fennelly earned his 400th career victory with the Cyclones’ season-opening win vs. Cal State Fullerton ... Fennelly is now 412-167 overall and 246-114 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 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 ... she was also 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 more than double the conference victories (106) 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 received six votes last week in the AP Poll, but fell out of the rankings this week ... ISU received five votes in the Coaches’ Poll last week, which would be good for 38th place ... ISU was picked No. 23 in two preseason publications, including Street & Smith’s College Basketball Yearbook and SportsPageMagazine.com.
Iowa State has made at least one three-pointer in 351 consecutive regular-season games dating back to 1995 ... that streak ranks second nationally behind Cleveland State ... the 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.
Home Sweet Hilton Magic
The Cyclones have been phenomenal at home during head coach Bill Fennelly’s tenure, compiling a 148-28 record (.841) in Hilton Coliseum, including a 69-3 mark against regular-season nonconference opponents ... Iowa State 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 to earn her second straight all-State first team honors and IBCA all-region accolades ... Bolte also won the state AAU tournament while playing on the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Iowa Select team last year ... 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 to earn first team all-region and second team NJCAA All-America honors ... she led the Bears to a 19-14 record a season ago and DMACC was ranked sixth in the 2006-07 preseason poll ... at Prairie Valley High School, Anderson earned first team, second team and honorable mention honors over three seasons in the Twin Lakes Conference.
Looking Back at 2005-06
Iowa State played two rounds of the 2006 Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), with both games going into overtime at Hilton Coliseum ... ISU topped UW-Green Bay 79-71 March 16 and fell to Marquette 69-63 March 20 ... it was Iowa State’s ninth postseason appearance in the last 10 years ... Iowa State recorded its 15th winning season in school history, while head coach Bill Fennelly posted his 17th winning campaign in 18 years ... 13 of Iowa State’s 22 opponents earned postseason bids ... Lyndsey Medders led the nation in assists per game with 7.7 ... Medders was named a third-team All-American by WBNS ... Brittany Wilkins averaged nearly a double-double (16.1 ppg and 8.9 rpg) before being picked up as a free agent by the WNBA Sacramento Monarchs, where she remained on the roster through the championship series.
2005-06 Season Milestones
Lyndsey Medders was the 17th player in ISU history to join the 1,000-point club ... she set the ISU single-season assists record, dishing 215 ... ISU head coach Bill Fennelly finished the season one win shy of 400 career victories ... Nicky Wieben set the single-season blocked shots record (59) ... Medders set seven of the top 15 single-game assist records and owns nine of the top 23 performances overall ... Heather Ezell tied for sixth on that single-game assist mark with 13 vs. Missouri ... Megan Ronhovde played every minute in ISU’s two Big 12 Conference Championship games and logged seven complete games for the season ... Iowa State used a six-player rotation in four games and a seven-player roster in six contests ... 40.5 percent of ISU’s shots were three-pointers ... Iowa State rallied back from a halftime deficit in five of its wins ... ISU lost just one game in which it scored at least 70 points (11-1) ... Iowa State made more free throws (383) than its opponents attempted (307).