AMES, Iowa - The No. 24 Iowa State women's basketball team looks to maintain its grip on second-place in the Big 12 Saturday when it travels to Manhattan, Kan. for a road test at Kansas State. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Who: No. 24 Iowa State (18-6, 9-5 Big 12) at Kansas State (13-13, 4-10 Big 12)
Where: Manhattan, Kan. - Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. (CST)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Rich Fellingham (PxP), Molly Parrott (Color)
TV: FCS Central (K-State broadcast)
Talent: Brian Smoller (PxP), Missy Heidrick (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Matt Shoultz, assistant director of athletics communications, will be holding a live blog during the game at cyclones.com. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.
- Iowa State, which receiving votes in The Associated Press rankings and is No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches poll this week, travels to Manhattan, Kan. for a Saturday afternoon contest against Kansas State. Iowa State is looking to win three in a row in Manhattan for the first time in school history. A win would also be ISU’s fifth conference road win, which would be the most since the Cyclones won six in 2000.
- The Cyclones suffered a rare home loss Sunday when it lost an 11-point lead and fell to West Virginia, 68-66. West Virginia got the go-ahead bucket with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.
- Hallie Christofferson continues to be a dominant presence for the Cyclones. Christofferson is sixth in the Big 12 averaging 15.9 points per game, which includes three-straight games either setting or matching her career-high, and 10th in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game. The junior has scored in double digits in 20 of 24 games this season, including three games in a row and eight games overall with 20+ points. She has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 18 games and is shooting 55.7 percent, good for 14th nationally. In the last 11 games, Christofferson has been even better, averaging 18.4 points and 6.5 rebounds and shooting 59 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. She is also 42-for-49 from the charity stripe during that stretch.
- Iowa State continues to lead the Big 12 in free-throw shooting and rank fourth nationally at 78.6 percent as a team. ISU’s top six players are shooting at least 75 percent from the line. The Cyclones are 14-2 when making more free throws than their opponent and 8-2 when making at least 15 free throws.
- Poppens is the Big 12’s active leader with 425 career offensive rebounds. The senior is a major reason why the Cyclones have had as many or more rebounds than 20 of 24 opponents this season and ranks 24th nationally in rebounding margin (+7.7). Poppens has moved into second all-time at Iowa State in career rebounding and is just six boards away from becoming the second player in school history with 1,000 career rebounds. Only 13 Big 12 players have ever posted 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
- Nikki Moody leads the Big 12 and is third nationally dishing out 7.3 assists per game. She has posted double-digit assists in six games this season. The sophomore has recorded at least five assists in 19 of the 23 games she has played this season. Her 167 assists are eighth on ISU’s single-season list.
- Sophomore Brynn Williamson has taken on the defensive stopper role this season and is averaging 1.3 steals per game. Despite the increased defensive role, Williamson is hitting on 37.3 percent of her threes. She has hit 47 threes this season, one shy of her freshman total.
- Three Cyclones have reached the 1,000-point mark this season. Most recently, Christofferson needed 25 points against West Virginia to join the list. She scored 27. Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins have also scored their 1,000th point this season.
- Iowa State is holding opponents to just 35.2 percent shooting this season, which is second in the Big 12 and 32nd nationally. The school record entering this season was 35.7 percent, set during the 2009-10 season. Opponents are averaging 55.5 points per game.
Streaks and Trends
- Iowa State has won four of its last five games.
- Christofferson has scored 25+ points in three games in a row.
- Poppens has scored in double figures in seven straight games.
- The Cyclones have shot more free throws than six of their last seven opponents.
- ISU is 14-2 when leading at the half. Since 2010-11, ISU is 45-5 when leading at the half.
- The Cyclones have been out rebounded just four times this season (at Baylor, at Oklahoma State, at Kansas, at Oklahoma). ISU is 16-1 when out rebounding opponents but 1-3 when being out rebounded.
- Iowa State is 15-0 when outshooting its opponent from the field.
- Moody has at least five assists in 19 of the 23 games she has played this season. She has seven games with nine or more assists.
- Moody has connected on a 3-pointer in six of the last seven games.
- Williamson has hit a three in 19 of 24 games this season.
- The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 38 of the last 41 games.
- Christofferson has scored in double figures in 20 of 24 games this season.
- Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 572 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,409 threes. That is equal to 7.71 three-pointers per game for the last 18 years.
- ISU has had nine consecutive winning seasons.
- The Cyclones have finished in the upper half of the Big 12 the last four seasons.
- The Cyclones have made the last six NCAA Tournaments, one of just 16 teams nationally to do so.
- Iowa State has won 70-straight regular season nonconference games at Hilton Coliseum.
- Iowa State is the only Big 12 school to have a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first team in each of the last three seasons.
Series Notes (career stats vs. KSU available on pg. 15 of notes packet)
- Despite Iowa State winning six of the last eight meetings, Kansas State holds a 47-32 edge in the all-time series, including 24-11 in Manhattan. The Cyclones have won the last two road meetings and are looking for their first three-game winning streak in Manhattan in the series history.
- The Cyclones have swept the regular season series two seasons in a row. K-State defeated the Cyclones in the Big 12 Championships in both seasons.
- In four meetings with KSU, Nikki Moody is averaging 15.0 points and 5.5 assists.
- Bill Fennelly is 24-15 against Kansas State.
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