Where are they now?
After an 18-15 campaign and a strong run in the 2004 Women's National Invitational Tournament final four there was unfinished business for the ISU women's basketball team last season.
They were picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 by the coaches and media, but the Cyclones began to roll and started the season with a 15-1 mark, matching the best start in school history.
All of these feats wouldn't have been accomplished without the core of five seniors who paved the way for the Cyclones to accomplish their goal of returning to the NCAA Tournament.
So where are Anne O'Neil, Katie Robinette, Mary Fox, Lisa Kriener and Tracy Paustian five months removed from their college basketball careers?
O'Neil found a home as a Cyclone after
spending her freshman year at
O'Neil was an all-Big 12 selection and was also a member of the Kodak/WBCA District 5 All-America Team.
Last year she led the Cyclones in scoring (16.6 ppg), steals (37) and three-point percentage (49.6 percent).
"[She] is debating between some coaching opportunities and probably will go overseas to play," said head coach Bill Fennelly. "She's healthy and she's had some opportunities."
Robinette only played one full season for
the Cyclones but still ended her career ranked sixth on
Her senior season she was a second-team all-Big 12 selection. Robinette led the team averaging 7.4 rebounds per game and was second on the squad with 14.9 points a contest.
This spring Robinette filed an appeal for an additional year of eligibility but it was denied by the Big 12 Conference's faculty athletic representatives.
Earlier it had been thought that Robinette might join the Cyclones as a practice squad member, but Fennelly said that won't be the case.
"Her course load is pretty heavy," he said. "Katie is someone if she was going to play, she was going to play. That ruling really probably ended her basketball career for a lot of reasons and I don't blame her. Hopefully she'll be around and be a part of what we're doing but she will not be on the practice squad."
Robinette is on track to finish school next year and is busy planning her wedding; ISU fullback Ryan Kock proposed earlier this summer.
Fox was third on the squad in scoring; she averaged 10.6 points per game. The communications major will be studying abroad this fall.
"[She] will be studying in
If Robinette needs any help planning her wedding, she can call on teammate Kriener, who married Andy Bishop this June.
"[Lisa] will finish school at
Kriener graduated from
"She had to go there to get a teaching certificate," Fennelly said.
Kriener averaged six points and 5.2 rebounds off the bench for the Cyclones.
Joining Kriener in the teaching
profession will be Paustian. She
will begin student teaching third graders at
Off the bench Paustian averaged two points and two rebounds.
"All of them will graduate either
at the semester or in the spring," Fennelly said "So that'll be a done deal. All
five of them will be done with their course work and will be great alumni of