No. 17 Iowa State to Face No. 21 Iowa Thursday
AMES, Iowa - The No. 17 Iowa State women's basketball team (8-0, 0-0 Big 12) takes on No. 21 Iowa (10-1, 0-0 Big Ten) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum for the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The Cyclones look to improve to 9-0 on the season and 9-0 under head coach Bill Fenelly against the Hawkeyes in Hilton Coliseum.
- Iowa State is 8-0 all-time against the Hawkeyes in Hilton Coliseum under head coach Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones also boast an 11-6 overall record against Iowa during Fennelly’s tenure. Iowa holds the all-time series between the two squads with a 23-20 edge over the Cyclones.
- A win over Iowa would mark the seventh time the Cyclones have swept all in-state opponents under coach Fennelly.
- Thursday’s game marks the first time since 2010 that both programs are ranked going into the matchup, with Iowa sitting at No. 21 in the nation and ISU at No. 17. The game marks the Cyclones first top-25 game of the 2013-14 season.
- Already off to its best start in 11 seasons, Iowa State looks to improve to 9-0 with a win over Iowa. With a win, ISU’s 9-0 start would be tied for the third-best in school history as the Cyclones held records of 9-0 (2000-01), and 12-0 (1995-96, 2001-02) twice in program history.
- After improving to 8-0, Iowa State moved up three spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 17. The ranking of 17th in the nation is a season-high for the Cyclones and the highest ranking since January of 2010. The Cyclones came in at No.11 in the USA Today Coaches poll, which is the highest since the final ranking of 2009. This is the 15th-straight time Iowa State has been ranked in the AP or USA Today polls.
- Iowa State is one of just 18 teams in the country with an undefeated record and one of just two teams in the Big 12 without a loss. The Big 12 is also one of two conferences in which every team is .500 or better and no team has more than four losses. Iowa State is also one of two Division 1 programs with undefeated men’s and women’s basketball teams.
- Senior forward Hallie Christofferson is averaging 25.0 points and 7.6 rebounds through eight games this season. Her 25.0 points per game ranks eighth nationally and second in the Big 12. Christofferson is one of three players nationally averaging 25.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.
- The Iowa State starting lineup consists of a senior, two juniors and two freshmen, with Jadda Buckley and Seanna Johnson joining last year’s returners in Nikki Moody, Christofferson and Brynn Williamson. Iowa State is one of just four Big 12 schools this season that have started at least one freshman and one of three schools to have multiple freshman in the starting lineup. Iowa State is the only team in the top-25 to have started two freshmen in every game this season.
- Iowa State continues its impressive showing at the free-throw line, ranking second nationally shooting 81.9 percent at the line. ISU led the nation last year in free-throw shooting making 80.6 percent.
Last Time Out
- Iowa State continued its winning ways an 27-point victory over Cal State-Fullerton, 79-52. Iowa State shot 51 percent from the field for their eighth consecutive win. The Cyclones started off slow, entering the half with a season-low 27 points and an 0-of-9 performance from long, but ISU scored 52 second-half points and went 7-of-9 from beyond the arc to close the game.
- The Cyclones were led on the court by senior Hallie Christofferson who tallied 33 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Freshman Seanna Johnson put up her third double-figure rebounding performance of the season with 12 boards and chipped in seven points.
- Kidd Blaskowsky came up big for ISU with 16 points as the sophomore went 7-of-12 from the field.
- The Hawkeyes come into tonight’s game on a six-game win streak and a 10-1 overall record. Iowa is off to its best start in three seasons, when it started the 2010-11 campaign with a 12-1 record.
- In their last game against Idaho State the Hawkeyes knocked down a school record 17 three-pointers, while shooting 56.4 percent from the field.
- Iowa has proven they have mutlitple people who can score at a high level with five players averaging double-figures. The Hawkeyes rank 19th in the nation in points per game, with an average of 84.1.