Where are they now?

Anne O'Neil, Katie Robinette, Mary Fox, Lisa Kriener and Tracy Paustian are five months removed from their college basketball careers, where are they now?

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.


Iowa State won its first five conference games and during that stretch they held a 12-game winning streak, which was second best in the nation. The Cyclones would finish the season with a 23-7 overall record, a tie for third place in the Big 12 and an unblemished 15-0 record at Hilton Coliseum.


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 Illinois. She was a solid player throughout her career at Iowa State but raised her play to another level her senior season.


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).


The Cedar Rapids native was drafted in April's WNBA Draft by the Sacramento Monarchs but was later released. She graduated in May with a degree in communications. For the past two summers O'Neil has worked as a runner for ESPN at the College World Series.


"[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 Iowa State's career blocked shots chart (74). After spending her freshman season at Nebraska, Robinette transferred to Iowa State where she had to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. The next October she gave birth to her son Caden and didn't join the Cyclones until December.


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 Australia and will come back and graduate in the spring," Fennelly said.


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 Iowa with her husband," Fennelly said.


Kriener graduated from Iowa State with a degree in art and design, but the college dropped its art education certification program for teaching.


"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 Ames' Fellow Elementary School for eight weeks and finish at Boone's Franklin Elementary teaching first graders for her final eight weeks.


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 Iowa State."

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