Cyclones To Meet Marist In First Round
AMES, Iowa - The seventh-seeded Iowa State women's basketball team opens NCAA Championship play Saturday at 10:15 a.m. (CDT) facing 10th-seeded Marist at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The game will be televised in a whiparound coverage across the nation with ESPN2 showing the best available action at any given point in time. The Iowa State game should be shown in its entirety in the state of Iowa, but fans should check ESPN.com for coverage details later this week. The game will also be shown in its entirety on ESPN3.com and ESPN Full Court.
Who: Iowa State (22-10) vs. Marist (30-2)
Where: Durham, N.C. - Cameron Indoor Stadium
When: Saturday, March 19, 10:15 a.m. (CDT)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Rich Fellingham (PxP), Molly Parrott (Color)
Talent: Dave Flemming (PxP), Kayte Christensen (Color)
TV Scheduling Note: The game will be televised in a whiparound coverage across the nation with ESPN2 showing the best available action at any given point in time. The Iowa State game should be shown in its entirety in the state of Iowa, but fans should check ESPN.com for coverage details later this week. The game will also be shown in its entirety on ESPN3.com and ESPN Full Court.
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at cyclones.com.
Tournament Central: For more information on the tournament, click here.
- The Cyclones enter NCAA Tournament play with a record of 22-10 overall. It marks the 11th time in 16 seasons under head coach Bill Fennelly that the Cyclones have won 22 or more games.
- Iowa State is playing in its 12th NCAA Tournament, all of which have come under Fennelly. The Cyclones, who are seeded seventh in the Philadelphia Region, will face 10th-seeded Marist on Saturday at 10 a.m. (CDT). The Cyclones are one of 20 teams to make the last five NCAA Tournaments.
- The Cyclones are 16-11 all-time in tournament play and have advanced to at least the second round in each of their last four trips.
- Kelsey Bolte has scored 539 points this season, which is tied for fourth all-time at Iowa State. She is the first Cyclone since Lindsey Wilson in 2003 to score 500 or more points.
- Bolte was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first team. Hallie Christofferson earned a spot on the Big 12's All-Freshman team and Chelsea Poppens was named to the Big 12's All-Defensive team.
- ISU has won 20+ games for the fifth-straight season. It is just the second time in program history, both under Bill Fennelly, that Iowa State has won 20 games in five-straight seasons (1998-2002).
- Bolte's 16.8 points per game is the highest by a Cyclone since Lindsey Wilson's 19.3 in 2003.
- Christofferson ranked fourth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (52.2) and fifth in free throw shooting (82.2). Both percentages led all eligible freshman in the league.
- With her next game played, Bolte will tie the Iowa State career mark held by Heather Ezell. Bolte has played in 134 career games, missing just one game in her career.
- In conference action, Bolte was third among Big 12 players averaging 18.6 points per game, trailing only Baylor's Brittney Griner and Texas A&M's Danielle Adams. Bolte had nine 20-point games in conference play.
- The Cyclones are 19-0 when leading at the half this season.
- Bolte is one of the nation's top shooters. The senior ranks 12th in three-point field goal percentage at 43.8 percent and 31st in 3-pointers made per game (2.7). She is also 10th nationally in free-throw percentage (89.2).
- Hallie Christofferson has been in double-figures 14 times this season. She was named Big 12 freshman of the week after scoring a career-high 21 points at Kansas and grabbing 11 rebounds against Kansas State.
- Lauren Mansfield has recorded five or more assists 20 times this season. She is fourth in the Big 12 and ranks 36th in the country (as of 3-13) with 5.1 assists per game.
- Bolte, who has made 274 career 3-pointers, is tied with Stacy Frese for third all-time at Iowa State.
- Since Fennelly's arrival, Iowa State is 216-35 (.861) in games played at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones have never lost more than five home games in a season under Fennelly.
- The Cyclones have an overall record of 592-512 (.536) and are 301-141 (.681) all-time at Hilton Coliseum.
- ISU has made 12 trips to the NCAA Championships and is one of just 20 teams to boast five-straight NCAA berths, and one of just five squads to make the NCAA Sweet 16 in the last two seasons. Iowa State also has a pair of Elite Eight berths.
- ISU has finished in the top five of the Big 12 final standings in five of the last seven campaigns, and Iowa State has the third-best conference record in Big 12 history (148-92). Only Oklahoma and Baylor have posted a better Big 12 record.
Iowa State Tournament Notes
- Iowa State is making its 12th NCAA Championship appearance, with all 12 berths coming in the last 15 seasons under head coach Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones are 16-11 all-time NCAA Championship games. ISU has made five trips to the Sweet 16 and has posted two Elite Eight berths in school history (1999, 2009).
- Iowa State is one of just 20 teams to make the NCAA Championship field in each of the last five seasons and is one of just five teams to play in the NCAA Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons. Oklahoma, Baylor, Connecticut and Stanford are the other four teams who can boast that accomplishment.
- ISU went to three consecutive NCAA Regional Semifinals in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The Cyclones went back to the Sweet 16 in 2009 for the first time since the 2001 season.
- Kelsey Bolte ranks fourth all-time at ISU with 48 rebounds in career tournament games and she is tied for third with 17 three-pointers.
- Anna Prins has scored in double figures in all three tournament games she has played in. Prins averages 14.7 points per game in tournament play.
- The Cyclones hit 16 three-pointers in their 2009 NCAA first-round win over Eastern Tennessee State. That mark tied the NCAA Championship single-game record. South Dakota State also tied that mark on the same night, making it a three-way tie for the top spot. Iowa State hit 15 three-pointers against St. Francis in 2000, giving the Cyclones two of the top four single-game marks in NCAA Championship history.
- Iowa State played nine teams a total of 11 times in the NCAA field of 64 during the regular season. The Cyclones faced six teams that are seeded eighth or higher during the 2010-11 slate. ISU is 4-7 against teams in this season's NCAA field. Bolte averaged 15.5 points in the 11 games against NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
- The Cyclones are making their fifth consecutive NCAA appearance, and have advanced to at least the second round in each of the last four seasons. Last season, Iowa State reached the Sweet 16 for the second-straight season before falling to eventual national champion Connecticut.
- Ten teams from the Big 12 earned a spot in postseason play, with seven making the NCAA field.
A Closer Look at Marist
- Marist qualified for its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament by defeating Loyola (Md.) to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship and receive the automatic bid. The Red Foxes (30-2) have won 26 games in a row.
- The Cyclones and Red Foxes have played one common opponent in Nebraska. Iowa State defeated the Huskers three times by an average of 16 points per game, while Marist won a 65-60 game against NU in Las Vegas in December.
- Marist is led by Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year Erica Allenspach, who averaged 14.2 points per game. The senior guard shoots 51 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from behind the arc. She has a team-high 58 steals and is second on the team averaging 2.9 assists.
- Corielle Yarde is second on the team averaging 11.4 points. Yarde, who scored 26 points against Villanova earlier this season, was also a first-team All-MAAC selection. Brandy Gang was a third-team All-MAAC pick after posting 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds during the season.
- The Red Foxes are coached by Brian Giorgis, who is in his ninth season with the program. Giorgis has a career record of 224-64.
- The Cyclones and Red Foxes are meeting for the first time.
- Iowa State is 4-0 all-time against teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with the last meeting coming in 2008 against Niagara.
- Bill Fennelly is 8-0 all-time against teams from the MAAC.
Last Time Out
- The Cyclones dropped a Big 12 quarterfinal meeting against Kansas State, 56-53, on Wednesday, March 9.
- Iowa State rallied from a double-digit deficit in the last eight minutes and had two 3-point attempts with under a minute remaining to tie that didn't fall. The Cyclones were down 13 with 7:27 left when freshman Hallie Christofferson scored eight in a row. The Cyclones would ultimately miss a pair of threes in the final minute that could have tied it up.
- ISU was led by Christofferson's 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Bolte added 10 for the Cyclones.