No. 25 Iowa State Faces No. 1 Baylor
AMES, Iowa - The 25th-ranked Iowa State women's basketball team takes its six-game winning streak on the road to face Baylor, the nation's top-ranked team, Wednesday evening. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Who: No. 25 Iowa State (11-1, 2-0) at No. 1 Baylor (12-1, 2-0)
Where: Waco, Texas - Ferrell Center (10,284)
When: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m.
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Rich Fellingham (PxP), Molly Parrott (Color)
TV: FCS Central
Talent: John Morris (PxP), Jim Haller (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 is ranked No. 25 in The Associated Press top-25 and 2-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2004-05, takes its six-game win streak on the road to top-ranked Baylor. The Cyclones’ six game winning streak is second among Big 12 team’s behind Baylor’s 10 game winning streak.
- The Cyclones beat Texas and Texas Tech last week to open league play. Chelsea Poppens averaged 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the first week of Big 12 play. All five Cyclone starters are averaging double figures through two games. Against Tech, ISU shot 56.4 percent from the field.
- The Cyclones have been one of the top defensive teams in the nation this season. Iowa State ranks fourth nationally allowing opponents just 48.3 points per game behind the nation’s second-ranked field goal percentage defense (29.7 percent). Behind the arc opponents are shooting just 25.6 percent.
- Hallie Christofferson is eighth in the Big 12 averaging 14.9 points per game and ninth in rebounding at 7.4 boards per game. Christofferson scored a team-high 13 points at Texas Tech on 5-of-5 shooting. The junior has scored in double digits in 11 of 12 games this season.
- Chelsea Poppens continues to get back into form following a three-game absence (concussion) in November. The senior All-America candidate grabbed 15 rebounds against Texas Tech after scoring 16 points vs. Texas. Poppens is 12th nationally shooting 57.7 percent from the field. She also ranks 67th nationally shooting 83.9 percent from the charity stripe. In her first two seasons as a Cyclone, Poppens shot just 64.1 percent on free throws.
- Nikki Moody is the nation’s leader dishing out 7.9 assists per game. She has posted double-digit assists in two of the last three games. The sophomore has recorded at least five assists in all 11 games she has played this season.
- Sophomore Brynn Williamson has taken on the defensive stopper role this season and is averaging a team-high 1.4 steals per game. Despite the increased defensive role, Williamson still ranks among the nation’s top shooters, sitting 27th nationally shooting 41.7 percent from behind the arc.
- The Cyclones are assisting on a Big 12 best 73.1 percent of their field goals. ISU has eight games this season with 17 or more assists after doing so just 10 times all last season.
- The Cyclone starting five has taken on the bulk of the scoring. The group is scoring nearly 77 percent of the team’s points.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 and ranks ninth nationally shooting 77.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Streaks and Trends
- The Cyclones have not been outrebounded this season.
- Ten of Iowa State’s last 11 opponents have shot below 33 percent.
- Nikki Moody has at least five assists in all 11 games she has played this season.
- The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 27 of the last 28 games.
- Hallie Christofferson has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 games this season.
- Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 560 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,317 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.
- Baylor holds a 14-6 edge in the all-time series, including 8-1 in Waco. The Cyclones have lost the last three meetings with the last win coming in 2010 at Hilton Coliseum.
- Anna Prins has averaged 15.5 points per game in four meetings against Baylor. The senior has hit 11-of-22 three-point attempts in her career against the Lady Bears.
- Head coach Bill Fennelly has coached all 20 Cyclone meetings with the Lady Bears.
Iowa State Against No. 1
- Wednesday night’s game against Baylor marks Iowa State’s sixth meeting all-time against the nation’s top-ranked team in The Associated Press poll. The Cyclones are 0-5 in those games, with the last three coming against the Lady Bears.
3/3/12 at Baylor - L, 77-53
1/7/12 vs. Baylor - L, 57-45
1/8/11 at Baylor - L, 70-58
3/28/10 vs. UCONN - L, 74-36
12/29/02 vs. Duke - L, 88-59
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