2010-11 Review: Cyclones Return To NCAA Tournament
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team finished the 2010-11 season 22-11 overall en route to earning its 12th NCAA Tournament berth. The Cyclones, who are one of just 20 teams nationally to reach the last five NCAA Tournaments, were led by an All-America campaign from senior Kelsey Bolte.
- Iowa State finished the season 22-11 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight season. It marked the 12th tournament apperance for the Cyclones, all of which have come in 16 seasons under the direction of head coach Bill Fennelly.
- The Cyclones are one of 20 teams to make the last five NCAA Tournaments.
- The Cyclones finished fifth in the Big 12. It was the fifth time in seven seasons the Cyclones had been among the league's top-five teams.
- ISU won 20+ games for the fifth-straight season. It is just the second time in program history, both under Fennelly, that Iowa State has won 20 games in five-straight seasons (1998-2002).
- Iowa State played nine teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament and another six that made the Women's NIT. Nineteen of the Cyclones' 33 games came against teams that advanced to postseason play.
- Iowa State ranked among the top-25 nationally in rebound margin (11th, +8.1), three-point field goal percentage (12th, 37.0), personal fouls (20th, 14.1) and scoring defense (22nd, 55.0).
- ISU was fourth nationally in home attendance. The Cyclones averaged 9,370 fans per game, marking the fourth-straight year ranking in the top-five nationally. Iowa State was the top drawing team in the Big 12.
- A highlight of the season came in the second game when Fennelly won his 500th career game as Iowa State defeated Drake, 64-46. Fennelly was the 41st Division I coach to accomplish the feat.
- Kelsey 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.
- Bolte scored 557 points this season, which was fourth all-time at Iowa State. She was the first Cyclone since Lindsey Wilson in 2003 to score 500 or more points.
- Bolte's 16.9 points per game was the highest by a Cyclone since Wilson's 19.3 in 2003.
- Bolte tied the Iowa State career mark for games played, which had been held by Heather Ezell. Bolte and Ezell played in 135 career games.
- 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.
- Overall, Bolte was in double figures in 28 games and she scored 20 or more points 12 times.
- Bolte was one of the nation's top shooters. The senior ranked 15th in three-point field goal percentage at 42.1 percent and 35th in 3-pointers made per game (2.7). She was also 10th nationally in free-throw percentage (88.8).
- Bolte became the seventh Cyclone to participate in ESPN's Three-Point Contest where she finished second behind Massachusetts' Cerie Mosgrove.
- Hallie Christofferson was been in double-figures 13 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 recorded five or more assists 20 times this season. She was fifth in the Big 12 and ranked 39th in the country with 5.0 assists per game.
- Bolte made 276 career 3-pointers, good for third all-time at Iowa State.
- Iowa State was 16-1 at home this season. It was the ninth time in 16 seasons under Fennelly that ISU has lost one or fewer home games.
- 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 592-513 (.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.
Bolte 3-Point Shootout Runner-Up
- Bolte became the seventh Cyclone, the most of any school, to participate in ESPN's 3-point contest. The sharpshooter finished second to Massachusetts' senior Cerie Mosgrove at the competition, which was held at the University of Houston.
Bolte 10th Cyclone Drafted
- Bolte became the 10th Iowa State player drafted by a WNBA franchise on April 11 when the Atlanta Dream selected her in the third round with the 32nd overall pick.
- Iowa State has made at least one three-pointer in an NCAA record 517 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to 1995. The Cyclones set the record against Texas on Feb. 21, surpassing the previous record, which was held by Canisius. Canisius' streak ended Feb. 18 against Iona.
The last time the Cyclones didn't hit a 3-pointer was on Feb. 15, 1995 against Missouri. That was the season before Fennelly was hired as head coach of the Cyclones.
300 Wins At Hilton Coliseum
- Iowa State won its 300th game at Hilton Coliseum when it beat Texas. The Cyclones moved into Hilton Coliseum full time during the 1982-83 season. Prior to that season Iowa State split time between Hilton Coliseum and the Forker Building on campus.
Iowa State's first win at Hilton Coliseum came on Dec. 1, 1976, a 71-67 victory over intrastate rival Drake. 216 of the wins at Hilton Coliseum have come under the direction of Fennelly, who boasts an impressive .861 winning percentage in the building (216-35). Iowa State's 95 Big 12 home wins are more than any other school in Big 12 history (Baylor is second with 90).
She'll Be There
- In the past four seasons there was one thing you could count on and that was Bolte taking the court. The senior missed just one game, suiting up in 135 career games, which tied for first all-time with Heather Ezell (2006-09).
Mansfield Passing The Rock
- Lauren Mansfield dished out 166 assists this season, good for eighth all-time at Iowa State. The total was the second-most by a first-year player at Iowa State. Stacy Frese holds that distinction having dished out 190 in 1998.
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