Blowout Gives Fennelly ISU Win No. 400

The story of the game seemed to revolve around Iowa State's height advantage on the inside as it held a plus-12 point advantage in the paint, scored 13 second chance points and out-rebounded Drake by 11

Iowa State's 89-47 romp over Drake at the Knapp Center on Sunday gave head coach Bill Fennelly his 400th-career win with the Cyclones.

"I've been lucky," Fennelly told Cyclones.tv. "I have a great staff and so many players. We are more excited about being 4-0. Great performance and very proud of our team and I'm excited to see what we can do next."

Hallie Christofferson scored 25 points for Iowa State (4-0) on 8-for-10 shooting and 2-for-3 from behind the three-point line.

Drake took an early 2-0 lead off a lay-up by Lizzy Wendell a minute into the game, but a quick three-pointer by Christofferson on the next possession gave the Cyclones a 3-2 lead, and they never trailed the rest of the game.

A 14-0 run within the last five minutes of the first half stretched the Cyclones' lead to 18 (40-22) at the half.

"[That run to close the first half] was the game right there," Fennelly said. "We aren't 40 points better than Drake. We got it going and at the end of the half what you saw from us what 3:52 of really solid defense, they didn't score; we made shots and didn't turn the ball over. In the second half everyone started making shots and the game got away. It's nice to get everyone is who can shoot, play and runaround."

The story of the game seemed to revolve around Iowa State's height advantage on the inside as it held a plus-12 point advantage in the paint, scored 13 second chance points and out-rebounded Drake by 11 (41-30).

Freshman Seanna Johnson recorded her first double-double by scoring 14 points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds. The Cyclones also shot 91.9 percent from the charity strip (21-for-23) while the Bulldogs only shot five free throws all game.

Up next the Cyclones will travel to Las Vegas as part of the South Point Shootout to take on Eastern Washington this Friday at 9:30 PM, and then Auburn the following night. Eastern Washington of the Big Sky Conference is winless on the year. Auburn is 3-2.

Notes:

  • Iowa State beat Drake by 42 points, which was also the point differential from last year's game as the Cyclones won 87-45 in Ames.

  • Iowa State has outrebounded all four opponents.

  • Iowa State is averaging 84.7 points per game. Last season the Cyclones were averaging just 70 points per game through four games.

  • Everybody on Iowa State's roster played, however only Nicole Blaskowsky and Madison Baier played more than 10 minutes off the bench. This could pose a problem for the Cyclones if foul trouble becomes a dilemma later in the year.

  • Iowa State has defeated Drake nine of the last 10 seasons.

  • Christofferson had a season-low four rebounds on the night.


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