Iowa State Faces Texas Tech in Big 12 Home Opener
AMES, Iowa - The No. 11 Iowa State women's basketball team (13-0, 2-0 Big 12) squares off with Texas Tech (6-7, 0-2 Big 12) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum ISU's Big 12 home opener. The Cyclones are fresh off a two-game road swing to open conference play, in which they set the school record for best start in program history with a 13-0 record.
- With a win over No. 25 Oklahoma, the Cyclones notched the best start in school history with a 13-0 record. The 13-game win streak is also the longest in program history. Head Coach Bill Fennelly is now 7-5 against the Sooners in Norman, Okla. and 8-2 when both programs are ranked.
-Iowa State debuted at seventh in the first RPI rankings of the season. The Cyclones are the highest rated team in the Big 12.
-The Cyclone starting lineup has taken on the bulk of the scoring, as the five starters are responsible for 78 percent of the Cyclones’ points this season. The starters also account for 61.1 percent of the team’s rebounding.
-The Cyclones moved up three spots to No. 11 in the AP Poll after downing No. 25 Oklahoma on the road. The ranking of 11th in the nation is a season-high for the Cyclones and the highest ranking since 2002. The Cyclones moved up to No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches poll, which is the highest since 2002. This is the 19th-straight time Iowa State has been ranked in the AP or USA Today polls.
-Iowa State is one of just five teams remaining in the country with an undefeated record and the only team in the Big 12. Iowa State is the only Division 1 program with undefeated men’s and women’s basketball teams.
-The Cyclones have been spectacular from beyond the arc this season, making an average of 10.6 per game, ranking third nationally. ISU has made 10+ three’s in five-consecutive games under coach Fennelly. Four different Cyclones have made five three-pointers in a game (Moody, Christofferson, Williamson and Buckley.)
-With a start today, senior Hallie Christofferson will have started her 100th career game at Iowa State. She will also have started 59-consecutive games. Christofferson is averaging 20.8 points per game, which ranks second in the Big 12 and in the top-30 nationally. Christofferson is knocking down 50.9 percent from the field and grabbing 7.9 rebounds per game, which both rank in the top-10 in the league.
-Jadda Buckley was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week for the second-consecutive time with a 29-point performance at Oklahoma. So far this season, Iowa State has been awarded a Big 12 best five Freshman of the Week honors. Buckley and Seanna Johnson have each garnered multiple weekly honors.
-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.
Streaks and Trends
-Hallie Christofferson has scored 20+ points in 14 of the last 25 games of her career, including eight out of 13 of the 2013-14 season. She scored in double figures in 24 of the last 25 games and 28 of 33 games last season. She also recorded double-digit rebounding efforts in four games this season.
-Christofferson has made her last 110 of her last 123 free throw attempts.
-Nikki Moody had at least five assists in 29 of the 36 games she played last season She also had 11 games with nine or more assists. The junior has had five or more assists in nine of ISU’s 13 contests this season.
-Seanna Johnson has scored in double figures in five of the last 11 games.
-Kidd Blaskowsky has knocked down a three-pointer in all 13 games this season and had three or more three-pointers in each of the last four games.
-The Cyclones have hit at least five three’s in 61 of the last 65 games. Iowa State has hit 10 or more three’s in five consecutive games and nine times this season.
-Iowa State has led all opponents at the half so far this season.
-Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 594 consecutive games. In that time (since Feb. 18, 1995), ISU has hit 4,621 three’s. That is equal to 7.78 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 77-straight regular season non-conference 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 had its biggest test yet with a top-25 showdown at No. 25 Oklahoma. The Cyclones downed the Sooners 82-75 in an overtime thriller.
-Jadda Buckley poured in a career-high 29 points and set the tone for the Cyclone offense. Buckley went an outstanding 9-of-10 from the field, 6-of-7 from long range and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
-Hallie Christofferson also helped pace the Cyclones with 23 points and five rebounds. -Christofferson netted four free throws in overtime to help seal the Cyclone victory.
Iowa State shot 45.5 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from long range.
Series vs. Texas Tech
- This is the 23rd meeting between Iowa State and Texas Tech, with ISU grabbing control of the all-time series, 12-10, early last season.
-Head Coach Bill Fennelly is 12-11 all-time against the Lady Raiders, having lost once as a head coach at Toledo.
-Last season, the Cyclones swept the series between the two squads with a 67-52 win at home and a 58-54 victory at Texas Tech.