Preview: Cyclones host in-state rival UNI

The Panthers' tallest player, Keitel (6-foot-3) averages 10.7 points, knocking down 46.4 percent from the field and grabbing 6.4 rebounds per game. She will be matched up against Christofferson,

When Iowa State women's basketball team takes the court Wednesday night to face in-state rival Northern Iowa (7 p.m., Hilton Coliseum), it will be the 42nd meeting between the two schools.

The Cyclones have won the last 10 meetings by an average margin of 17.3 points and have never lost at home to the Panthers (16-0).

The No. 20 Cyclones (6-0) are off to their best start in 11 seasons. The Panthers (2-5) are a three game losing streak, losing to the University of Iowa at home and then to UT-San Antonio and UT-Pan American in the UT-San Antonio Tournament over the past weekend.

Last year, the Cyclones won 67-59 at the McCloud Center in Cedar Falls with Hallie Christofferson leading the team in points (21) and rebounds (10). The Panthers return three starters from that team in guards Jen Keitel and Brooke Brown, along with forward Hannah Schonhardt. Sophomore guard Stephanie Davison is their leading scorer at 11.9 points per game, while Keitel the leading rebounder at 6.4 rpg.

Tale of the Tape

  • Iowa State averages 82 points per game, Northern Iowa just 58.

  • Both Iowa State and Northern Iowa average 39 rebounds per contest.

  • Northern Iowa has two players who average more than 10 points per game. Iowa State has three: Christofferson (24.2), freshman Seanna Johnson (12.7) and junior guard Nikki Moody (10.8).

  • Iowa State is shooting over 39 percent (60-153) from long range, whereas UNI is only shooting 18 percent (37-110) from distance.

  • Iowa State is averaging over 82 percent from the foul line as a team, and has been getting to the line an average of 20 times per game. Northern Iowa is just 68 percent and only shooting 14 per contest.

  • Northern Iowa is a young team with Brown being the lone upperclassmen to start. Iowa State will start three upperclassmen in Moody, Christofferson and Brynn Williamson.

    Key Matchup

    The Panthers' tallest player, Keitel (6-foot-3) averages 10.7 points, knocking down 46.4 percent from the field and grabbing 6.4 rebounds per game. She will be matched up against unanimous preseason All-Big 12 first teamer in Christofferson, who is averaging 24.2 points and eight rebounds per contest.

    Keep an eye on

    Fouls. Northern Iowa has 10 players who average ten or more minutes per game while the Cyclones only eight. If Iowa State gets into foul trouble, the Panthers could have the advantage with meaningful depth on the bench.

    Prediction

    After being tested on the road the last four games, Iowa State will receive a major boost playing in front of 10,000 of its own fans inside Hilton. Meanwhile, Northern Iowa is struggling heading into this contest, losers of its last three. Iowa State has an advantage in almost every statistical category and I like the Cyclones to win their first home game in three weeks, 78-60.


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