Cyclones Prepare to Take on Mountaineers
MORGANTOWN, W.V. - The No. 20 Iowa State women's basketball team (15-4, 4-4 Big 12) hits the road to take on West Virginia (17-3, 6-1 Big 12). The Cyclones are looking to split with West Virginia after falling to the Mountaineers in Hilton Coliseum earlier this season.
-This is just the fifth meeting between the Mountaineers and the Cyclones with WVU holding a 3-1 edge in the series. This is also the second meeting of the season between Iowa State and West Virginia, as WVU handed Iowa State a 69-62 loss in Hilton Coliseum. Last season the Mountaineers also downed ISU at home, but the Cyclones grabbed a 53-49 victory in Morgantown.
-Wednesday’s game also marks the fourth top-25 showdown so far this season for the Cyclones as West Virginia sits at 20th in the AP Poll.
-Iowa State sits at 38th in the latest RPI rankings after a 15-4 start to the season. Iowa State is currently the fifth among all Big 12 schools.
-The Cyclones’ NCAA record streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer hit 600 after a 3-point make by junior Brynn Williamson against Texas Tech. Over the span of the last 19 years, Iowa State has netted 4,657 threes. The last time the Cyclones failed to knock down a 3-point shot was on Feb. 15, 1995 at Missouri.
-The Cyclones dropped three spots to No. 23 in the AP Poll after falling to Oklahoma and defeating Texas Tech this past week. The Cyclones also sit at No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches poll. This is the 22nd-straight time Iowa State has been ranked in the AP or USA Today polls.
-During Big 12 play, Hallie Christofferson is averaging 16.9 points, the senior is also a combined 45-of-103, shooting 43.7 percent from the field. She has also netted 40 of her 43 free throws in Big 12 play. Christofferson is also second in the conference averaging 8.0 rebounds in Big 12 play.
-Christofferson currently ranks eighth in the Iowa State record books with 1,513 career points. The senior is one of just eight Cyclones in ISU history to reach 1,500 career points. Christofferson is also one of just four Cyclones with 1,500 points and over 700 rebounds, joining Megan Taylor, Angie Welle, Jayme Olson and Tonya Burns.
-So far this season, Iowa State has been awarded a Big 12 best six Newcomer of the Week honors. Seanna 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.
-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 snapped its four-game losing streak with an overtime win over Texas Tech. The 85-76 win over the Lady raiders gave ISU its first sweep of the conference season as ISU defeated Texas Tech 74-48 at home.
-Senior Hallie Christofferson powered her way to her 12th 20-point performance of the season and 17th career double-double. The senior went a perfect 11-of-11 at the charity stripe to help lead ISU.
-Junior Nikki Moody took the game into her hands down the stretch, as the Euless, Texas native scored nine of Iowa State’s 13 points in overtime to help seal the victory for Iowa State.
Series vs. West Virginia
- This is the fifth overall meeting between the Cyclones and Mountaineers. WVU holds a 3-1 edge of the four games played.
-The Cyclones and Mountaineers met just a few games ago, with WVU handing the Cyclones their second loss of the season, 69-62.
-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.