Gold Rules As No. 25/24 Cyclones Host TCU
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team hosts TCU Saturday at 6 p.m. The game is Gold Rules and fans are encouraged to wear their gold apparel.
Who: Iowa State (11-2, 2-1 Big 12) vs. TCU (7-7, 0-3 Big 12)
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,376)
When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 6 p.m.
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Rich Fellingham (PxP), Molly Parrott (Color)
TV: Mediacom Connections 22
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.
Autographs: Cyclone sophomore Fallon Ellis and freshman Kidd Blaskowsky will sign autographs in the north concourse following the game.
- Iowa State, which is ranked No. 25 in The Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, looks to get back on track Saturday evening when it hosts TCU in the first meeting between the schools with both as members of the Big 12 Conference. Saturday’s game is a Gold Rules game.
- The Cyclones, who dropped their first conference game and saw their six-game win streak snapped at Baylor, play their next two games at Hilton Coliseum. ISU has won its last eight home games against conference foes.
- The Cyclones are in a three-way tie for third place in the Big 12 with Kansas and Texas Tech.
- After shooting just 29.3 percent from behind the arc as a team over the first eight games of the season, ISU has shot 37 percent from long range in the last five contests. The Cyclones have hit 8.8 threes per game starting with the Air Force game on Dec. 29.
- The Cyclones have been one of the top defensive teams in the nation this season. Iowa State ranks eighth nationally allowing opponents just 49.8 points per game behind the nation’s second-ranked field goal percentage defense (30.9 percent). Behind the arc opponents are shooting just 25.5 percent.
- Hallie Christofferson is ninth in the Big 12 averaging 13.8 points per game and 10th in rebounding at 7.0 boards per game. The junior has scored in double digits in 11 of 13 games this season.
- Chelsea Poppens grabbed 15 rebounds against Texas Tech after scoring 16 points vs. Texas. She ranks 53rd nationally shooting 84.8 percent from the charity stripe. In her first two seasons as a Cyclone, Poppens shot just 64.1 percent on free throws. As a junior and senior she is shooting 83.1 percent.
- Nikki Moody is third nationally dishing out 7.5 assists per game. She has posted double-digit assists in three games this season. The sophomore has recorded at least five assists in 11 of the 12 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 24th nationally and second in the Big 12 shooting 43.1 percent from behind the arc. She has hit 28 threes this season.
- The Cyclones are assisting on a Big 12 best 73.2 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.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 and ranks ninth nationally shooting 78.0 percent from the free-throw line. The Cyclones’ top seven players are all shooting at least 71 percent from the line.
Streaks and Trends
- The Cyclones have won seven-straight home games.
- ISU has won its last eight home games against Big 12 Conference opponents.
- The Cyclones have been out rebounded just once this season (Baylor).
- Iowa State has held 10 of its 12 opponents below 33 percent shooting.
- Nikki Moody has at least five assists in 11 of the 12 games she has played this season.
- The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 28 of the last 29 games.
- Hallie Christofferson has scored in double figures in 11 of 13 games this season.
- Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 561 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,326 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.
- Iowa State owns a 2-0 edge in the all-time series, including 1-0 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones beat TCU 88-60 on Dec. 30, 1986. The last meeting between the teams came on Nov. 26, 2010 in the Virgin Islands at the Paradise Jam. ISU won that game 64-59.
- Head coach Bill Fennelly is 1-0 all-time against TCU.
For complete information on the game, click the Notes link in the box at the top of the story.