Cyclones Ready To Face Seminoles Saturday
AMES, Iowa - The 7-seed Iowa State women's basketball team (20-10, 9-9 Big 12) is set to take on 10-seed Florida State (20-11, 7-9 ACC) in the NCAA Tournament on Sat. March 22 at 3 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones are making their eighth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the game will be televised on ESPN2. The winner of game one will advance to the second round to take on the winner of No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 15 South Dakota.
Who: Iowa State vs. Florida State
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Saturday, March 22, 3 p.m.
Projected Starting Lineup: Hallie Christofferson, Brynn Williamson, Nikki Moody, Jadda Buckley and Seanna Johnson
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Rich Fellingham (PxP), Molly Parrott (Color)
Talent: Clay Matvick (PxP), Fran Fraschilla (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Nicole Greiner, an assistant director for 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. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, takes on No. 10 seed FSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA appearance marks the eighth-straight appearance for Iowa State in the tournament. ISU is one of just 13 schools in the nation to make the last eight NCAA tourneys.
-Iowa State, who earned the No. 7 seed, welcomes No. 2 seed Stanford, No. 15 seed South Dakota and No. 10 seed FSU to Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State is 1-3 all-time as the No. 7 seed, and 10-3 all-time in NCAA tournament games played in Hilton Coliseum.
-The Cyclones are one of the nation’s best free-throw shooting teams, connecting on 80.4 percent from the charity stripe, which ranks first nationally. Iowa State also led the nation at the charity stripe last season, shooting at an 80.5 percent clip. Hallie Christofferson (.883) and Jadda Buckley (.877) 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.
-Freshman Seanna Johnson sits at third on ISU’s freshman rebounding chart. The rookie has grabbed 241 rebounds so far this season, which is second behind Megan Taylor who grabbed 270 in her freshman campaign. Jadda Buckley also has 97 assists on the season, which is third all-time on the ISU freshman chart behind Lyndsey Medders.
-The Cyclones placed four on the All-Big 12 teams with Hallie Christofferson earning a spot on the All-Big 12 first team. Junior Nikki Moody earned a spot on the second team, while freshmen Seanna Johnson and Jadda Buckley headlined the All-Big 12 Freshman team.
-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 (1,696), rebounds (792), field goals made (558) free-throw’s made (438), free-throw’s attempted (518), blocked shots (96) and free-throw percentage (.846).
-Christofferson ranks fifth on ISU’s single-season points list with 558 points. She needs just two points to pass Lindsey Wilson (559) for fifth all-time. Her 18.6 points per contest also rank fourth all-time.
-Iowa State ranks second nationally for the second-consecutive year in attendance. The Cyclones averaged 10,114 fans, which is the fourth-highest season average in school history.
-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).
Streaks and Trends
-Hallie Christofferson has scored 20+ points in 22 of the last 42 games of her career, including 16 out of 30 of the 2013-14 season. She scored in double figures in 39 of the last 42 games and 28 of 33 games last season. She also recorded double-digit rebounding efforts in eight games this season.
-Christofferson has made her last 201 of her last 221 free throw attempts (.909).
-Jadda Buckley has scored in double-digits in six out of the last 10 and 16 games this season.
-Jadda Buckley has netted 100 of 112 free throws the season (.892) and made 68 of her last 77 attempts.
-Seanna Johnson has scored in double figures in seven of her last nine contests.
-Nikki Moody has had five or more assists in 19 of ISU’s 30 contests this season.
-Kidd Blaskowsky has knocked down a 3-pointer in 24 of 30 games this season.
-The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 73 of the last 82 games. Iowa State has hit 10 or more threes 14 times this season.
-Iowa State has led 21 of 30 opponents at the half so far this season.
-Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 611 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,759 threes. That is equal to 7.79 three-pointers per game for the last 19 years.
-ISU has had 10-consecutive winning seasons.
-The Cyclones have finished in the upper half of the Big 12 the last six seasons.
-The Cyclones have made the last eight NCAA Tournaments, one of just 13 teams nationally to do so.
-Iowa State has won 77-straight regular season non-conference games at Hilton Coliseum.
-Iowa State is one of five schools to have a student-athlete named as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award in the last two seasons, and the only school to have a finalist in each of the last two seasons.
Last Time Out
-Iowa State dropped a tough game to the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowgirls. The Cowgirls ousted the Cyclones from the Big 12 Tournament after pulling ahead in the second half to take a 67-57 victory.
-Hallie Christofferson led Iowa State with 21 points and 11 rebounds for her 19th career double-double. Junior Nikki Moody was the only other Cyclone in double-digits with 14 points and three rebounds.
Series vs. Florida State
-The Cyclones and Seminoles have met just once before, which happened to also be in the 2001 NCAA Tournament in Hilton Coliseum. The 2-seed Cyclones downed 7-seed FSU 85-70 in the NCAA second round to advance to the program’s third Sweet 16.
-Iowa State was led by Angie Welle and Megan Taylor who dominated the Seminoles, with Welle scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and Taylor netting 22 points of five 3-pointers.