2013-14 Women's Basketball Season Review
2013-14 Iowa State women's basketball season review.
-Iowa State closes the 2013-14 season with a 20-11 season and made its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in 19 years under the direction of Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones finished big 12 play 9-9 and in fifth place after being selected in sixth place by the league’s coaches in the preseason poll. No Big 12 team has made more NCAA appearances than Iowa State (15) since 1997.
-The Cyclones, who grabbed 20 wins for the 13th time under coach Fennelly, had numerous players recognized for their efforts. Senior Hallie Christofferson earned All-America honors for the second-straight season by the Associated Press and WBCA. Under head coach Bill Fennelly a total of eight student-athletes have garnered All-America honors. Christofferson was also selected to the All-Big 12 first team for the second-consecutive year.
-Relying heavily on freshmen proved successful, as Seanna Johnson and Jadda Buckley tallied eight Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors between them. Their performances earned them both a spot on the All-Freshman team, making Iowa State the first school with multiple freshmen represented since the award’s inception.
-Nikki Moody finished the season ranked third in Iowa State history in career assists with 534, she trails the school record held by Lyndsey Medders by just 185. Moody also led the Cyclones in assists with 163 on the season, becoming just the fifth Cyclone to led ISU in assists in three-consecutive seasons. -For the second-straight season Iowa State led the nation in free-throw percentage, shooting 80.4 percent from the charity stripe. Freshman Buckley and Christofferson each ranked in the top-20 nationally in free-throw shooting. Junior Brynn Williamson also broke the single-season school record shooting 91.9 percent (57-62) from the line. The Cyclones led the nation last season shooting 80.5 percent from the line. Iowa State was 18-6 when making more free-throws that its opponent and 16-3 when making 15 or more free throws.
-With the Cyclones appearance in this year’s NCAA Tournament they extended their streak to eighth-straight appearances in the tournament. ISU is one of just 13 schools to make the last eight NCAA Tournaments.
-Five Cyclones earned Academic All-Conference honors with Christofferson and Elly Arganbright leading ISU on the first team and Tenisha Matlock, Williamson and Ashley Hagedorn garnering second-team honors. Christofferson also earned Academic All-American honors by the CoSIDA, becoming just the fifth different Cyclone to earn the honor.
-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).
-The Cyclones knocked down 276 3-pointers this season for a league-leading average of 8.9 trey’s per game, which ranks 10th nationally. (Statistical rankings as of 4/8/14).
-Iowa State knocked down 157 3-pointers over the last 20 games, including a season-high 15 in the Big 12 opener at TCU and at Oklahoma State.
-Nikki Moody, Brynn Williamson and Kidd Blaskowsky lead Iowa State with 167 3-pointers between them. Freshman Jadda Buckley is the Big 12 leader in 3-point percentage shooting at a 40.2 clip.
No. 1 Again:
-Iowa State finished the season on top of the NCAA in free-throw shooting for the second-straight season. ISU’s 80.4 percent at the charity stripe is good for second-best in school history, and is second only to last year’s nation-leading mark of 80.5 percent.
-Hallie Christofferson, Brynn Williamson and Jadda Buckley led Iowa State at the charity stripe. Williamson is first in the Big 12, shooting 91.9 percent (57-62). Christofferson is 171-195 (.877) on the season, which is good for second in the Big 12 and 17th nationally. Buckley is 102-116 (.879) on the season, which is good for third in the Big 12 and 15th nationally. (Statistical rankings as of 4/8/14).
-Williamson’s 91.9 percent broke the school record for single-season free-throw percentage, besting Kelsey Bolte’s 88.8 percent ( 87-98) in 2011.
Second Nationally in Attendance:
-The Cyclones finished second in the nation in attendance for the second-straight season averaging 9,916 fans per game. Iowa State had many memorable home games this season, but the Cyclones’ game against Texas earned a spot in the record books after notching the seventh-best attendance in school history. The 13,187 fans packed Hilton making it the largest crowd since 2004.