No. 24 Cyclones Host Top-Ranked Baylor
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team faces top-ranked Baylor Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Who: No. 24/24 Iowa State (13-3, 4-2 Big 12) vs. No. 1/1 Baylor (16-1, 6-0 Big 12)
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,376)
When: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Rich Fellingham (PxP), Molly Parrott (Color)
TV: Cyclones.tv/Mediacom Connections 22
Talent: Rich Fellingham (PxP), Molly Parrott (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.
Autographs: Senior Chelsea Poppens will sign autographs following the game in the north concourse.
- Iowa State, which is ranked No. 24 in The Associated Press poll and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, faces top-ranked Baylor Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones wrap up the season series with the Lady Bears just seven games into the Big 12 season.
- The Cyclones have won nine-straight games at Hilton Coliseum. ISU has also won its last 10 Big 12 home games. The last loss home Big 12 loss was on Jan. 14, 2012 to Texas A&M.
- Iowa State looks to bounce back from a loss at Oklahoma State Sunday. Hallie Christofferson was the bright spot in the loss, posting her fourth double-double this season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Christofferson is averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field in the last three games.
- The Cyclones have been one of the top defensive teams in the nation all season. Iowa State ranks 18th nationally allowing opponents just 51.9 points per game behind the nation’s third-ranked field goal percentage defense (32.5 percent). Behind the arc opponents are shooting just 27.1 percent.
- Iowa State continues to lead the Big 12 in free-throw shooting and rank ninth nationally at 78.0 percent as a team. ISU’s entire starting five is shooting at least 73 percent from the field. The Cyclones are 10-0 when making more free throws than their opponent and 6-0 when making at least 15 free throws.
- Chelsea Poppens had one of her best games of the season against TCU, finishing with 24 points and 15 rebounds. It was the fourth 20-point, 15-rebound performance of her career. The senior missed three games during nonconference play (concussion). She ranks fourth in the league grabbing 9.0 boards per game. She is also 16th in scoring (12.3), fourth in free-throw percentage (84.4) and eighth in field-goal percentage (54.5).
- Hallie Christofferson is eighth in the Big 12 averaging 14.4 points per game and 10th in rebounding at 6.9 boards per game. The junior has scored in double digits in 14 of 16 games this season.
- Nikki Moody leads the Big 12 and nation dishing out 7.7 assists per game. She has posted double-digit assists in four games this season. The sophomore has recorded at least five assists in 13 of the 15 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 54th nationally and third in the Big 12 shooting 38.1 percent from behind the arc. She has hit 32 threes this season and 80 in her career.
- The Cyclones are assisting on a Big 12 best 73.3 percent of their field goals. ISU has 10 games this season with 17 or more assists after doing so just 10 times all last season.
Streaks and Trends
- The Cyclones have won nine-straight home games.
- ISU has won its last 10 home games against Big 12 Conference opponents.
- The Cyclones have been out rebounded just twice this season (Baylor, Oklahoma State).
- Iowa State is 12-0 when outshooting its opponent from the field.
- Nikki Moody has at least five assists in 13 of the 15 games she has played this season. She has six games with nine or more assists.
- The Cyclones have hit eight or more threes in six of the last eight games.
- The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 31 of the last 32 games.
- Hallie Christofferson has scored in double figures in 14 of 16 games this season.
- Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 564 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,348 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 currently owns a 15-6 edge in the all-time series. The series is tied 4-4 in games played at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones last beat the Lady Bears in 2010 at Hilton Coliseum (69-45).
- Baylor won the first meeting this season, 67-39, behind 23 points from Brittney Griner. BU had four players in double-figures, while Nikki Moody was the lone Cyclone with 11 points.
- Bill Fennelly has coached all 21 Cyclone meetings with the Lady Bears.
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