No. 20 Iowa State Ready to Face Oklahoma
AMES, Iowa - The No. 20 Iowa State women's basketball team (14-3, 3-3 Big 12) takes on Oklahoma (11-7, 2-3 Big 12) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
- Tuesday’s game marks the 56th overall meeting between the Cyclones and Sooners. While, Oklahoma owns the all-time series, it has been Iowa State who has dominated in recent years, winning the last five meetings against the Sooners, including the last three in Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State is 8-2 at home against the Oklahoma Sooners under head coach Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones are also 13-8 in the regular-season meetings against the Sooners.
-Iowa State sits at 28th in the latest RPI rankings after a 14-3 start to the season. Iowa State is currently the fourth among all Big 12 schools.
-The Cyclones dropped seven spots to No. 20 in the AP Poll after falling to West Virginia and Kansas State this past week. The Cyclones also sit at No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches poll (As of 1/14/14). This is the 21st-straight time Iowa State has been ranked in the AP or USA Today polls.
-Over the last four Big 12 contests, Hallie Christofferson is averaging 18.0 points, the senior is also a combined 33-of-63, shooting 50.0 percent from the field. She has also netted 24 of her 26 free throws in Big 12 play.
-Christofferson is one of just 15 student-athletes in the nation, and also one of just six among power five conferences, averaging 20 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
-Christofferson currently ranks ninth in the Iowa State record books with 1,478 career points. The senior could move into eighth in Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma as she needs just 17 points to pass Cyclone great Stacy Frese who sits at 8th all-time with 1,494 points.
-Brynn Williamson has established herself as one of the league’s best defenders. Williamson held Texas Tech’s Amber Battle to single-digits (8) for just the second time this season. Williamson also held Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg, who was named to multiple early season watch lists, to a season-low 10 points.
-So far this season, Iowa State has been awarded a Big 12 best six Newcomer of the Week honors. Seanna Johnson and Jadda Buckley have each garnered three weekly honors for a total of six, tying the school record set in 1998 by Stacy Frese and Megan Taylor.
-Iowa State’s 11-0 non-conference record marks just the third time in school history the Cyclones posted a perfect non-conference schedule. Since the 2005-06 season, only nine Big 12 squads have posted undefeated non-conference slates.
-The Cyclones’ 14-game winning streak to kick off the season is the longest in school history and also sets the school record for a program-best start (14-0).
Last Time Out
-Iowa State dropped a heartbreaker to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. A slow first half would prove to be the Cyclones’ demise as ISU was 6-of-31 from the field at the end of the first half. The Cyclones placed four student-athletes in double-figures with Brynn Williamson leading Iowa State with 17 points and Kidd Blaskowsky chipping in 16, powered by four three-pointers.
-The loss drops Iowa State to 3-3 in Big 12 play and 14-3 overall.
Series vs. Oklahoma
-In the overall series, the Sooners hold the edge, leading the Cyclones 32-23. Iowa State has won the last five meetings, including one earlier this season in which the Cyclones handed OU an 82-75 overtime loss in Norman, Okla.
-Last season, the Cyclones went 3-0 against the Sooners, winning at home 82-61, on the road 72-68 and in the semis of the Big 12 Tournament 79-60.
-Under head coach Bill Fennelly, Iowa State is 13-8 in regular season meetings against OU. The Cyclones have also won the last three meeting in Hilton Coliseum and are 8-2 under coach Fennelly at home.