Women's Basketball Season In Review: Six Straight!
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA Championship, finishing 18-13 overall and 9-9 in the Big 12.
- Iowa State finished the season with an 18-13 overall record. The Cyclones went 9-9 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for fourth place.
- The Cyclones advanced to their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament despite an 0-5 start to the Big 12 season. The Cyclones were the first Big 12 team and just the third team from a power conference to make the NCAA Tournament after an 0-5 start in league play.
- The Cyclones were one of seven Big 12 schools selected to the Field of 64. No conference team has made more NCAA tournaments (13) than the Cyclones since 1997. ISU is one of 16 teams nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament the last six years.
- The Cyclones have finished in the upper half of the Big 12 in each of the last four seasons.
- Iowa State hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Since 1997, Hilton Coliseum has hosted 27 NCAA games, which is more than any other Big 12 arena.
- Head coach Bill Fennelly posted his 23rd winning season in 24 years as a head coach. His 538 career wins ranks 35th all-time in NCAA Division I history.
- Iowa State will return its top three scorers and rebounders next season, as well as its top assister. In all, the Cyclones bring back 77.1 percent of their scoring and 69.3 percent of their rebounding.
- ISU finished second in the Big 12 in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score just 57.3 points per game. The Cyclones were also second in the league in rebounding margin (+6.1). The Cyclones have ranked in the top two in scoring defense for five consecutive seasons.
- The Cyclones finished second in the Big 12 in free throw percentage, shooting 72.8 percent as a team. Over the final 10 games of the season the Cyclones shot 79.1 percent.
- Chelsea Poppens had the best season of her career and was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team while Nikki Moody was named to the Big 12’s All-Freshman Team. Poppens joined Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims as the league’s only unanimous picks.
- Poppens earned honorable mention All-America honors from The Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
- Poppens improved statistically in a number of categories, including: scoring average (+5.6), free throw percentage (65.4 to 71.3), rebounds (+3.1) and steals (+16).
- Poppens earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors three times this season. She is the first player in school history to receive three league player of the week honors in a season.
- Iowa State had three different Cyclones record 11 assists in a game this season. Moody vs. Oklahoma, Lauren Mansfield vs. Texas and Chassidy Cole vs. Kansas each had 11 dimes in Cyclone wins.
- Poppens enters her senior season just one point shy of becoming the 23rd member of Iowa State’s 1,000-point club.
- Brynn Williamson hit 48 threes this season, which was fourth all-time among Iowa State freshmen.
- Hallie Christofferson was second among Big 12 players in league play shooting 45 percent from behind the arc.
- Moody broke the freshmen assist record against OU and finished with 133 dimes this season. Moody finished with 11 assists, her first career 10-assist game, vs. the Sooners.
- Moody (133) and Mansfield (103) became the first Cyclone teammates to top 100 assists in the same season since 2008-09 (Alison Lacey - 131; Heather Ezell - 122).
- Poppens posted double-digit rebounds in 16 of the 30 games she played in this season. The junior led the Big 12 and was 13th nationally averaging 10.6 rebounds per game.
- Poppens finished the season with 317 rebounds, becoming just the second player (third time) to record 300 rebounds in a season.
- Williamson tied for fifth in the Big 12 averaging 1.6 three-pointers made per game. As a team, Iowa State led the league hitting 7.3 threes per contest. No other team averaged 7.0 per game.
- Poppens was the only Big 12 player to average a double-double with 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds.
- Moody shot 76.3 percent from the free-throw line this season, including 80 percent (32-40) on free throws over the final five minutes of the game this season.
- Poppens needs 12 rebounds to move into sixth place all-time at Iowa State. Janel Grimm (1995-98) is currently sixth with 813 career boards.
- Five Cyclones were named to the academic All-Big 12 teams this season.
- Iowa State has an all-time record of 609-526 (.537), including 372-173 (.683) under the direction of Fennelly.
Streaks and Trends
- ISU has had nine consecutive winning seasons.
- Iowa State has finished in the upper half of the Big 12 the last four seasons.
- The Cyclones hit at least five threes in 16 straight games.
- Moody scored in double figures in four straight games to end the season.
- Poppens was been in double figures in 12 of the last 15 games.
- Poppens had 14 double-doubles this season.
- Prins hit a three in seven of the last eight games.
- Brynn Williamson made at least one 3-pointer in 25 of the 30 games she played in this season. She has hit multiple threes in 17 games.
- Iowa State outrebounded 22 of its 31 opponents this season. The Cyclones went 15-7 in those games.
- ISU attempted as many or more free throws as 20 of its 31 opponents.
- The Cyclones held all but 11 opponents under 40 percent shooting.
- Iowa State has hit a three-pointer in 548 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,231 three-pointers. That is equal to 7.72 three-pointers per game for the last 17 years.
- This marks the 14th time in 17 seasons under head coach Bill Fennelly that Iowa State has lost two or fewer games during the regular season nonconference portion of the schedule.
- Iowa State has won 65-straight regular season nonconference games at home.
- 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 three seasons.
Cyclones Lead Big 12 In Attendance; Rank Third Nationally
- Iowa State led the Big 12 and ranked third nationally in average attendance with over 9,800 fans per game. Top-ranked Baylor was second in the Big 12 with just over 8,500 fans per game.
The Cyclones have led the Big 12 in attendance since 2008-09.
- Poppens was incredible on the glass this season, averaging a Big 12 best 10.6 rebounds per game. She posted double-digit rebounds in 16 of the 30 games she has played in, topping 15 boards seven times.
Poppens’ 10.6 average was second in school history behind Angie Welle’s 11.3 in 2002.
- Iowa State’s win over Buffalo was the 600th in program history. The Cyclones won 237 games in the 22 years prior to Fennelly’s arrival and 372 in the 17 years since.
Moody Sets Freshmen Assist Mark
- Moody had 133 assists this season, breaking the old rookie mark of 108 set by Lyndsey Medders in 2004. Moody had 14 games this season with five or more assists.
Academic All-Big 12
- Iowa State placed five student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 teams. Anna Prins earned first-team honors for the second time, while Hallie Christofferson and Kelsey Harris were also on the team. Chelsea Poppens and Lauren Mansfield were named to the second team.
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