AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team returns to Hilton Coliseum Saturday for its first meeting against Kansas State this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Who: No. 25/24 Iowa State (16-5, 7-4 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (12-10, 3-7 Big 12)
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,376)
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 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 junior forward Hallie Christofferson 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, faces Kansas State Saturday in search of its first 8-4 Big 12 start since 2010. The Cyclones, who are 16-5 overall, are also looking to extend their winning streak to three games.
- The Cyclones, who have won 11 of their last 12 home games against Big 12 foes, took to the road Wednesday to defeat Texas, 67-48. ISU had four players in double-figures, led by Anna Prins’ season-high 19 points. Prins topped the 1,000-point mark early in the game, becoming the 24th player in school history to do so.
- Hallie Christofferson is eighth in the Big 12 averaging 14.4 points per game and 10th in rebounding at 6.7 boards per game. The junior has scored in double digits in 17 of 21 games this season. She has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 15 games and is shooting 53.9 percent. In the last seven games, Christofferson has been even better, averaging 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds and shooting 57.4 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the arc. She is also 22-for-23 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 26th nationally allowing opponents just 53.5 points per game behind the nation’s 12th-ranked field goal percentage defense (34.0 percent). Behind the arc opponents are shooting just 27.6 percent.
- Iowa State continues to lead the Big 12 in free-throw shooting and rank fourth nationally at 78.2 percent as a team. ISU’s entire starting five is shooting at least 75 percent from the line. The Cyclones are 13-1 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 413 career offensive rebounds. The senior is a major reason why the Cyclones have had as many or more rebounds than 18 of 21 opponents this season. Poppens has moved into third all-time at Iowa State in career rebounding and is just 39 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 18 of the 20 games she has played this season. Her 147 assists tie her for 10th on ISU’s single-season list.
- Sophomore Brynn Williamson has taken on the defensive stopper role this season and is averaging 1.5 steals per game. Despite the increased defensive role, Williamson is 23rd nationally hitting on 40.4 percent of her threes. She has hit 44 threes this season.
- Christofferson is nearing 1,000 career points. The junior is 75 points away from becoming 25th Cyclone and third this season to join the elite club.
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.
- Anna Prins has scored in double figures in four of the last five games.
- The Cyclones have shot more free throws than their last four opponents.
- ISU is 13-1 when leading at the half. Since 2010-11, ISU is 44-4 when leading at the half.
- The Cyclones have been out rebounded just three times this season (at Baylor, at Oklahoma State). ISU is 15-1 when out rebounding opponents but 0-3 when being out rebounded.
- Iowa State is 14-0 when outshooting its opponent from the field.
- Nikki Moody has at least five assists in 18 of the 20 games she has played this season. She has six games with nine or more assists.
- Moody has connected on a 3-pointer in four straight games.
- Brynn Williamson has hit a three in 18 of 21 games this season.
- The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 36 of the last 37 games.
- Hallie Christofferson has scored in double figures in 17 of 21 games this season.
- Christofferson has made 23 of her last 24 free-throw attempts.
- Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 569 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,384 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. KSU available on pg. 15 of notes)
- Kansas State leads the all-time series 47-31 but Iowa State holds an 18-16 edge in games played at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones have won the last four meetings in Ames, with the last loss coming in 2008.
- Iowa State has won five of the last seven meetings against the Wildcats, dropping only contests in the Big 12 Championships the last two seasons. Of the last 12 meetings, only two have been decided by double digits.
- Nikki Moody has averaged 17 points, five rebounds and three assists in three career meetings with Kansas State.
- Bill Fennelly is 23-15 against Kansas State.
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