Iowa State Travels to Kansas For Saturday Showdown
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Iowa State women's basketball team (19-8, 8-8 Big 12) takes on Kansas (12-16, 5-11 Big 12) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. Iowa State is looking for its 13th 20-win season with a victory over the Jayhawks. The game will also be televised on FSN.
- Iowa State is looking for its second sweep of the season after downing Kansas at home in Hilton Coliseum, 72-69, on Feb. 15. A win over Kansas, would give Iowa State its 13th 20-win season, which have all come under the direction of head coach Bill Fennelly. Iowa State is 8-26 all-time at Kansas.
-The Cyclones are one of the nation’s best free-throw shooting teams, connecting on 80.0 percent from the charity stripe, which ranks second nationally. Hallie Christofferson(.888) and Jadda Buckley (.879) rank in the top-20 in the nation in free-throw shooting.
-Senior Hallie Christofferson was recently named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Iowa State is the only school in the country to have finalists for the award in back-to-back seasons, with Chelsea Poppens representing ISU last season. Iowa State is also the only school with a men’s and women’s finalist, as Melvin Ejim is a men’s finalist.
-Over the last two games Iowa State has assisted on 35 of 50 made baskets (70 percent). In Iowa State’s win at Oklahoma State, the Cyclones assisted on 69 percent of their buckets (20 assists 29 baskets). Iowa State was led by Nikki Moody, who grabbed eight assists against Texas and 10 at No. 15 OSU for her 12th career double-digit assist game.
-Iowa State is one of 11 schools in the country with two freshmen averaging double digits, with Jadda Buckley grabbing 11.6 points and Seanna Johnson with 10.3 points.
-Seanna Johnson nabbed a second-consecutive Big 12 Freshman of the Week Honor for her performances against Texas and Baylor this past week. Johnson averaged 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds en route to her fifth Freshman of the Week Award, tying the school record for most individual Freshman of the Week awards with five, which was set my Megan Taylor in 1998. With a combined eight Newcomer of the Week honors (Jadda Buckley contributed three) ISU has broken the school record of eight set in 1998.
-Christofferson is the fifth Cyclone to amass 1,600 points and 750 rebounds in a career (Angie Welle, Megan Taylor, Jayme Olson, Tonya Burns). She also ranks in the top-10 in Iowa State history in points (1,644), rebounds (776), field goals made (538) free-throw’s made (432), free-throw’s attempted (510), blocked shots (94) and free-throw percentage (.845).
-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 handed No. 15 Oklahoma State an 86-69 loss in Stillwater, Okla. in thrilling fashion. Iowa State shot 52.7 percent from the field and grabbed as much as an 18-point lead over the Cowgirls in the second half. Top-notch shooting helped the Cyclones fend off OSU as the Cowgirls tried to mount a late comeback.
-It was a team effort on the court, but Nikki Moody and Jadda Buckley put up tremendous performances to pace the Cyclones to victory. Moody was one point shy of a triple double with 10 assists, 10 rebounds and nine points, while Buckley scored a game-high 26 points and chipped in five assists.
Series vs. Kansas
-This is the 77th meeting between Iowa State and Kansas. The Jayhawks lead the all-time series 45-31. In Lawrence, Kan., the Cyclones are 8-26 all-time, with the last win coming in 2010 when the Cyclones won 57-54. The last three contests in Lawrence have gone to overtime.
-The Cyclones downed the Jayhawks 72-69 in Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 15 in front of a season-best crowd of 13,187 fans.