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2012-13 Iowa State Women's Basketball Season Review

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Release: 04/11/2013
         
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2012-13 Iowa State Women's Basketball Season Review

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- No. 22/23 Iowa State finished the season 24-9 and made its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance in 18 years under the direction of head coach Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones, who finished 12-6 and in second place in the Big 12 after being selected sixth in the preseason poll, made their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, one of just 13 schools to accomplish the feat. No Big 12 team has made more appearances (14) than Iowa State since 1997.
- ISU’s season included a run to the Big 12 Championship game. The Cyclones beat Kansas in the quarterfinals and then used a dominant 32-point performance from Anna Prins to beat Oklahoma for a third time this season in the semifinals. ISU eventually fell to Baylor in the championship game with Prins earning all-tournament team honors.
- The Cyclones, who won 20 games for the 12th time under Fennelly, had a number of players recognized for their efforts. Junior Hallie Christofferson and senior Chelsea Poppens were Associated Press honorable mention All-Americans. Christofferson also took home the same honor from the WBCA and was a unanimous selection the the All-Big 12 First-Team, ISU’s fourth unanimous selection in as many years, which is more than any other school. Poppens earned All-Big 12 First-Team honors for the second-straight season and Nikki Moody was an honorable mention selection. Additionally, Poppens earned - First-Team All-American honors from the Senior CLASS Award.
Iowa State led the nation in free-throw shooting at 80.5 percent, which is a Big 12 record (Missouri, .790 in 2007). ISU’s top six players shot at least 75 percent from the line. The Cyclones, who also shot better than any Division I men’s team, are one of just 14 teams in Division I women’s basketball history to shoot 80 percent or better. The Cyclones were 19-4 when making more free throws than their opponent and 13-3 when making at least 15 free throws.
- Christofferson established herself as one of the nation’s most consistent players. She finished second in the Big 12 in scoring (15.6), seventh in field goal percentage (51.6) and second in free-throw shooting (86.2). She was also 10th in rebounding (6.7) and posted 28 double-figure games, including 11 games with 20 or more points.
- Poppens became just the second player in school history and the 14th in Big 12 history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. She finished her career with a school-record 458 offensive rebounds. The senior was a major reason why the Cyclones had as many or more rebounds than 27 of 33 opponents this season and ranked 14th nationally in rebounding margin (+7.9).
- Moody led the Big 12 and was third nationally dishing out 7.4 assists per game. She posted double-digit assists in nine games this season, which was more than any other Big 12 player. The sophomore recorded at least five assists in 27 of the 32 games she played in this season. She broke ISU’s single-season record with 238 dimes, as well as the Big 12 sophomore mark that was held by OSU’s Tiffany Bias.
Sophomore Brynn Williamson took on the defensive stopper role this season and averaged 1.3 steals per game. Williamson’s 25 blocks were the most ever by a Cyclone guard. Despite the increased defensive role, she hit 68 threes this season and became the 18th player in school history to make 100 career threes (116).
- Christofferson, Poppens and Prins all topped the 1,000 point mark this season.

Streaks and Trends
- Christofferson scored 18+ points in seven of the last 12 games. She scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games and 28 of 33 games this season.
- Christofferson has made her last 30 of her last 31 free throw attempts.
- Poppens scored in double figures in 14 of the last 15 games. She had double-digit rebounds in six of the last nine games.
- Prins scored in double digits in five of her last six games, averaging 18.8 points during the stretch.
- The Cyclones shot as many or more free throws than 24 of their opponents.
- ISU was 19-2 when leading at the half. Since 2010-11, ISU is 50-5 when leading at the half.
- The Cyclones were out rebounded just six times this season (at Baylor (2x), at Oklahoma State (2x), at Kansas, at Oklahoma). ISU was 21-3 when out rebounding opponents but 2-4 when being out rebounded.
- Iowa State was 20-0 when outshooting its opponent from the field.
- Moody had at least five assists in 27 of the 32 games she has played this season. She had 11 games with nine or more assists.
- Williamson hit a three in 25 of 33 games this season.
- The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 47 of the last 51 games.
- Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 581 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,483 threes. That is equal to 7.72 three-pointers per game for the last 18 years.
- ISU has had 10 consecutive winning seasons.
- The Cyclones have finished in the upper half of the Big 12 the last five seasons.
- The Cyclones have made the last seven NCAA Tournaments, one of just 13 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 four seasons.

Cyclones Ranked In Final Polls
- Iowa State was ranked No. 22 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the final Associated Press Top-25. It marks the fourth time the Cyclones have been ranked in the final AP poll and the 10th time in the coaches poll.

Second Nationally In Attendance
- Iowa State finished second nationally in attendance, the best finish in program history, averaging 9,970 fans per game. The Cyclones, who trailed only Tennessee (11,390), had the fourth highest average in school history and topped 10,000 fans in a game 10 times. ISU (149,557 total attendance) was one of just 12 NCAA Division I schools to draw over 100,000 fans this season.

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