Cyclones Face Texas Wednesday Night
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AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team travels to Texas in search of a season sweep of the Longhorns. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Who: No. 25/22 Iowa State (15-5, 6-4 Big 12) at Texas (9-11, 2-7 Big 12)
Where: Austin, Texas - Frank Erwin Center (16,734)
When: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. (CST)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Brent Blum (PxP), Molly Parrott (Color)
TV: Longhorn Network
Talent: Fran Harris (PxP), Debbie Antonelli (Color); Kaylee Hartung (Sideline)
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 poll and was No. 22 in last week’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll, hits the road for another midweek contest as it travels to Texas to face the Longhorns Wednesday night.
- The Cyclones continued to protect their home court, defeating Texas Tech Saturday to improve to 10-1 at home this season. ISU shot 48.8 percent from the field, including 59.1 percent in the second half. Chelsea Poppens led the scoring with 18 points. Hallie Christofferson posted her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds as ISU overcame a four-point halftime deficit.
- Christofferson is eighth in the Big 12 averaging 14.8 points per game and 10th in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game. The junior has scored in double digits in 17 of 20 games this season. She has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 15 games and is 13th nationally shooting 55.8 percent. In the last six games, Christofferson has been nearly unstoppable, averaging 17.2 points and 7.2 rebounds and shooting 63.8 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from behind the arc. She is also 20-for-20 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 53.8 points per game behind the nation’s 12th-ranked field goal percentage defense (33.8 percent). Behind the arc opponents are shooting just 28.2 percent.
- Iowa State continues to lead the Big 12 in free-throw shooting and rank sixth nationally at 78.3 percent as a team. ISU’s entire starting five is shooting at least 74 percent from the line. The Cyclones are 12-1 when making more free throws than their opponent and 7-1 when making at least 15 free throws.
- Chelsea Poppens is the Big 12’s active leader with 411 career offensive rebounds. The senior is a major reason why the Cyclones have had as many or more rebounds than 17 of 20 opponents this season. Poppens has moved into third all-time at Iowa State in career rebounding and is just 45 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 7.4 assists per game. She has posted double-digit assists in four games this season. The sophomore has recorded at least five assists in 17 of the 19 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 38.8 percent of her threes. She has hit 40 threes this season.
- Anna Prins and Christofferson are nearing 1,000 career points. Prins has 993 and Christofferson is at 919 heading into Saturday’s game.
Streaks and Trends
- The Cyclones have won 10 of their last 11 home games.
- ISU has won 11 of its last 12 home games against Big 12 Conference opponents.
- ISU is 12-1 when leading at the half. Since 2010-11, ISU is 43-4 when leading at the half.
- The Cyclones have been out rebounded just three times this season (at Baylor, at Oklahoma State). ISU is 14-1 when out rebounding opponents but 0-3 when being out rebounded.
- Iowa State is 13-0 when outshooting its opponent from the field.
- Nikki Moody has at least five assists in 17 of the 19 games she has played this season. She has six games with nine or more assists.
- Brynn Williamson has hit a three in 17 of 20 games this season.
- The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 35 of the last 36 games.
- Hallie Christofferson has scored in double figures in 17 of 20 games this season.
- Christofferson has made her last 21 free-throw attempts.
- Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 568 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,374 threes. That is equal to 7.70 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. UT available on pg. 15 of notes)
- Iowa State owns a 13-10 lead in the all-time series with Texas following this season’s 73-65 overtime win in Ames in the Big 12 opener. The Cyclones are just 2-7 in Austin. The last eight games in the series have been decided by an average of 6.1 points with two of them going into overtime. ISU is 5-3 in those games.
- In the earlier meeting, Iowa State trailed 53-47 in regulation before going on a 10-0 run. Texas tied it to send it to overtime but the Cyclones made several key defensive stands in the extra period to get the win. Moody finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Prins had 17 points and Poppens added 16 in the win. Texas had three players with 15 points (Chassidy Fussell, Ashley Roberts, Cokie Reed).
- Bill Fennelly is 13-9 all-time against Texas.
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