Cyclones Host Texas Tech On White Out Saturday
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team hosts Texas Tech Saturday in search of a season sweep of the Lady Raiders. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game is a White Out game, with fans encouraged to wear white.
Who: No. 23/22 Iowa State (14-5, 5-4 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (16-5, 6-3 Big 12)
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,376)
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m. (CST)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Brent Blum (PxP), Molly Parrott (Color)
TV: Cyclones.TV/Mediacom Connections 22
Talent: Brent Blum (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.
Postgame Autographs: Iowa State sophomore point guard Nikki Moody will sign autographs in the north concourse following the game.
- Iowa State, which is ranked No. 23 in The Associated Press poll and is No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, returns home to face Texas Tech Saturday afternoon following a pair of Big 12 road games in which the Cyclones went 1-1. Saturday’s game is the annual White Out game and fans are encouraged to wear white.
- Just days after mounting a double-digit comeback against West Virginia, the Cyclones fell victim to a big comeback by Kansas. ISU led by 18 points before Kansas stormed back to force overtime at Allen Fieldhouse. ISU came up on the short end, losing 78-75 to KU to drop to 5-4 in league play.
- Christofferson is eighth in the Big 12 averaging 14.8 points per game and 10th in rebounding at 6.6 boards per game. The junior has scored in double digits in 16 of 19 games this season. She has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 14 games. In the last five games, Christofferson has been nearly unstoppable, averaging 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds and shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from behind the arc. She is also 16-for-16 from the charity stripe during that stretch.
- The Cyclones have been one of the top defensive teams in the nation all season. Iowa State ranks 33rd nationally allowing opponents just 53.9 points per game behind the nation’s 18th-ranked field goal percentage defense (34.1 percent). Behind the arc opponents are shooting just 28.4 percent.
- Iowa State continues to lead the Big 12 in free-throw shooting and rank fourth nationally at 78.8 percent as a team. ISU’s entire starting five is shooting at least 76 percent from the line. The Cyclones are 11-1 when making more free throws than their opponent and 6-1 when making at least 15 free throws.
- Chelsea Poppens is the Big 12’s active leader with 407 career offensive rebounds. The senior is a major reason why the Cyclones have had as many or more rebounds than 16 of 19 opponents this season. Poppens has moved into third all-time at Iowa State in career rebounding and is just 54 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 second nationally dishing out 7.4 assists per game. She has posted double-digit assists in four games this season. The sophomore has recorded at least five assists in 16 of the 18 games she has played this season.
- Sophomore Brynn Williamson has taken on the defensive stopper role this season and is averaging a team-high 1.5 steals per game. Despite the increased defensive role, Williamson still ranks among the nation’s top shooters, hitting on 40.4 percent of her threes. She has hit 40 threes this season and 88 in her career.
- Anna Prins and Christofferson are nearing 1,000 career points. Prins has 981 and Christofferson is at 904 heading into Saturday’s game.
Streaks and Trends
- The Cyclones have won nine of their last 10 home games.
- ISU has won 10 of its last 11 home games against Big 12 Conference opponents.
- The Cyclones have been out rebounded just three times this season (at Baylor, at Oklahoma State). ISU is 13-1 when out rebounding opponents but 0-3 when being out rebounded.
- Iowa State is 12-0 when outshooting its opponent from the field.
- Nikki Moody has at least five assists in 16 of the 18 games she has played this season. She has six games with nine or more assists.
- Brynn Williamson has hit a three in 17 of 19 games this season.
- The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 34 of the last 35 games.
- Hallie Christofferson has scored in double figures in 16 of 19 games this season.
- Christofferson has made her last 17 free-throw attempts.
- Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 567 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,370 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 grabbed control of the all-time series with a 58-54 win at Texas Tech earlier this season. The Cyclones now lead the series 11-10. ISU is 7-1 against the Lady Raiders in Ames.
- In the earlier meeting, Hallie Christofferson had 14 points and Brynn Williamson chipped in 12. ISU hit 9-of-15 three-point attempts, including a 3-for-3 performance off the bench from Fallon Ellis, to defeat TTU in Lubbock for the first time since 2009. Chelsea Poppens grabbed 15 rebounds in the win and ISU shot 56.4 percent as a team.
- Bill Fennelly is 11-11 all-time against Texas Tech, having lost once as a head coach at Toledo.
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