No. 14 Iowa State Ready for Cyclone Challenge
AMES, Iowa - The No. 14 Iowa State women's basketball team (9-0, 0-0 Big 12) takes on Holy Cross (7-2, 0-0 Patriot League) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum for the annual Cyclone Challenge. The Cyclones look post their third undefeated non-conference season in school history with a pair of wins in the Cyclone Challenge, with the first being head coach Bill Fennelly's inaugural season and the second the 2001-02 campaign.
- Already off to its best start in 12 seasons, Iowa State looks to improve to 11-0 with a pair of wins in the Cyclone Challenge. Iowa State’s 9-0 record is tied for the third-best in school history as the Cyclones held a 12-0 record (1995-96, 2001-02) twice in program history.
- The Cyclones are one of just two teams in the AP Top-25 to have won all their games so far this season by 11 or more points, joining Connecticut.
- Iowa State will take on Holy Cross in the second game of the Cyclone Challenge, preceded by Saint Louis and William & Mary, who square off at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
- The Cyclone starting lineup has taken on the bulk of the scoring, the five starters are responsible for 79 percent of the Cyclones’ points this season. The starters also account for 65 percent of the team’s rebounding.
- The Cyclones improved to No. 14 in the AP Poll after an off week last week. The ranking of 14th in the nation is a season-high for the Cyclones and the highest ranking since 2010. The Cyclones came in at No.10 in the USA Today Coaches poll, which is the highest since 2002. This is the 17th-straight time Iowa State has been ranked in the AP or USA Today polls.
- Iowa State is one of just seven 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 five 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 24.2 points and 8.3 rebounds through nine games this season. Her 24.2 points per game ranks ninth nationally and second in the Big 12. Christofferson is one of three players averaging 24.0 points and over 8.0 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 80.6 percent at the line. ISU led the nation last year in free-throw shooting making 80.5 percent.
Streaks and Trends
-Hallie Christofferson has scored 20+ points in 13 of the last 21 games of her career, including seven out of nine of the 2013-14 season. She scored in double figures in 20 of the last 21 games and 28 of 33 games last season. She also recorded double-digit rebounding efforts three games this season.
-Christofferson has made her last 93 of her last 101 free throw attempts.
-Nikki Moody had at least five assists in 27 of the 32 games she played last season She also had 11 games with nine or more assists. The junior has had five or more assists in seven of ISU’s nine contests this season.
-Seanna Johnson has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games.
-Kidd Blaskowsky has knocked down a three-pointer in all nine games this season.
-The Cyclones have hit at least five three’s in 57 of the last 61 games.
-Iowa State has led all opponents at the half so far this season.
-Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 590 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,568 three’s. That is equal to 7.74 three-pointers per game for the last 19 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 75-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.
-Iowa State is one of five schools to have a student-athlete named as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award in the last two seasons.
Last Time Out
- Iowa State continued its winning ways a 13-point victory of the 21st-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. The win was the first top-25 win for the Cyclones this season. Junior Brynn Williamson led the ISU offensive attack with a game-high five three-pointers. Williamson would rack up 21 points
-The Cyclones outrebounded the Hawkeyes 46-37, with Seanna Johnson leading the way on the glass. the freshman grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, the most by a freshman since Chelsea Poppens nabbed 17.
-Hallie Christofferson was the second-leading rebounder for ISU with 14. She also tacked on 18 points for a double-double.
Scouting Holy Cross
- Holy Cross enters the Cyclone Challenge with a 7-2 overall record. The Crusaders started the season on a six-game winning streak, with their first loss coming on Dec. 7 against Fordham.
- The Crusaders have three starters shooting over 46 percent from the field and rank 88th in the nation in field goal percentage. Holy Cross is 22nd in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, knocking down 38.0 percent of its trey’s.
- The Crusaders rank 14th nationally with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.31. Holy Cross also averages 19.8 assists per contest.