No. 13 Iowa State Prepares for West Virginia
AMES, Iowa - The No. 13 Iowa State women's basketball team (14-1, 3-1 Big 12) takes on West Virginia (13-2, 3-1 Big 12) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. The game marks just the fourth meeting between the two teams.
- Iowa State sits at 13th in the latest RPI rankings after a 14-1 start to the season. Iowa State is the highest rated team in the Big 12.
-The Cyclones dropped two spots to No. 13 in the AP Poll after downing Texas Tech but falling to No. 15 Oklahoma State at home. The Cyclones also fell two places to No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches poll. This is the 20th-straight time Iowa State has been ranked in the AP or USA Today polls.
-This is the fourth overall meeting between the Cyclones and Mountaineers. WVU holds a 1-2 edge of the three games played. Last season, WVU and Iowa State split, with Iowa State taking a 53-49 win at West Virginia on Jan. 20 and WVU downing the Cyclones at home 66-68.
Iowa State is one of just three school in Division I ranking in the top-32 in scoring offense (79.1 ppg) and scoring defense (57.7 ppg), joining Connecticut and Maryland.
-Hallie Christofferson is averaging 21.0 points per game, which ranks second in the Big 12 and in the top-25 nationally. Christofferson is knocking down 51.2 percent from the field and grabbing 7.9 rebounds per game, which both rank in the top-10 in the league.
-Christofferson ranks ninth in the Iowa State record books with 1,453 career points. The senior needs just 42 points to pass Stacy Frese who sits at 8th all-time with 1,494 points.
-Brynn Williamson has established herself as one of the league’s best defenders. Williamson held Texas Tech’s Amber Battle to single-digits (8) for just the second time this season. Williamson also held Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg, who was named to multiple early season watch lists, to a season-low 10 points.
-Seanna Johnson was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week for the third time with a double-double performance against Oklahoma State. So far this season, Iowa State has been awarded a Big 12 best six Freshman of the Week honors. Johnson and Jadda Buckley have each garnered three weekly honors for a total of six, tying the school record set in 1998 by Stacy Frese and Megan Taylor.
-The Cyclones have been spectacular from beyond the arc this season, making an average of 9.9 per game, ranking fourth nationally. ISU leads the Big 12, averaging over three more makes per game than any other Big 12 school. Four different Cyclones have made five three-pointers in a game (Moody, Christofferson, Williamson and Buckley).
-Iowa State’s 11-0 non-conference record marks just the third time in school history the Cyclones posted a perfect non-conference schedule. Since the 2005-06 season, only nine Big 12 squads have posted undefeated non-conference slates.
-The Cyclones’ 14-game winning streak to kick off the season is the longest in school history and also sets the school record for a program-best start (14-0).
Last Time Out
-Iowa State suffered its first loss of the season, a 62-69 decision at home against Oklahoma State.
-Hallie Christofferson put up another impressive performance with her fifth double-double of the season, a 20-point, 10-rebound effort. Seanna Johnson also helped pace the Cyclones with a double-double of her own with 14 points and 10 boards.
-Cold shooting and turnovers plagued the Cyclones as OSU took control in the second half. Iowa State shot 36.7 percent from the field for the game, knocking down a season-low three, three-pointers in the loss. ISU turned the ball over 17 times in the loss.
Series vs. West Virginia
-This is the fourth overall meeting between the Cyclones and Mountaineers. WVU holds a 1-2 edge of the three games played.
-Last season, WVU and Iowa State split, with Iowa State taking a 53-49 win at West Virginia on Jan. 20 and WVU downing the Cyclones at home 66-68.
-The only other meeting between the Cyclones and WVU was in the Paradise Jam in 2010, where ISU, who was ranked 19th nationally, dropped a 11-point decision to the 10th-ranked Mountaineers, 53-64.