Iowa State Cyclone
vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 • 7:04 p.m. tip
Hilton Coliseum (14,092) • Ames, Iowa
Iowa State Probable Starters
Cyclones (3-1, 0-0 Big 12), 2005-06 Stats
G 14 Lyndsey Medders, 5-9, Jr., 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 8.0 apg
G 15 Heather Ezell, 5-9, Fr., 10.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
F 05 Nicky Wieben, 6-4, Fr., 7.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg
F 31 Megan Ronhovde, Jr., 6-1, 9.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg
C 51 Brittany Wilkins, 6-3, RS Sr., 17.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg
First Off the Bench
F 24 Gillian Bjerke, 6-2, Fr., 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
F 25 Lisa Bildeaux, 6-3, So., 2.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg
C 32 Amanda Nisleit, 6-0, Fr., 0.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Head Coach: Bill Fennelly (William Penn ‘79)
ISU Record (yrs): 218-98 (11) Career: 384-151 (18)
Iowa Probable Starters
Hawkeyes (4-3, 0-0 Big Ten), 2005-06 Stats
G 03 Abby Emmert, 5-9, So., 2.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg
G 10 Crystal Smith, 5-6, Sr., 21.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg
F 42 Tiffany Reedy, 6-0, Sr., 7.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg
F 51 Krista VandeVenter, 6-2, So., 8.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg
C 40 Stacy Schlapkohl, 6-3, So., 8.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg
First Off the Bench
G 11 Kristi Smith, 5-6, Fr., 7.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg
F 32 Wendy Ausdemore, 6-2, Fr., 6.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg
C 44 Megan Skouby, 6-6, Fr., 8.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Head Coach: Lisa Bluder (Northern Iowa ‘83)
UI Record (yrs): 100-62 (6) Career: 456-204 (22)
On the Air
Iowa State's game will be broadcast live on the Cyclone Radio Network and 1430 KASI in Ames ... every game is broadcast live and free of charge on the internet (www.cyclones.com) ... Rich Fellingham provides play-by-play, while Ed Steyer provides color analysis.
On the Tube
The Iowa State-Iowa game will be televised statewide on Mediacom Connections channels, check your local listings ... the game is listed on ESPN's Full Court package, including channel 783 on DirecTV ... Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Kelly Hanfelt (color) will be calling the action.
The Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series
This the fourth competition in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series and is worth two points ... Iowa State owns a 5-2 lead in the standings with wins in football (23-3) and soccer (2-1), while Iowa defeated ISU on the wrestling mat (20-15).
This is the 36th meeting between Iowa and Iowa State ... ISU is protecting a 16-game home win streak ... Cyclone head coach Bill Fennelly is 55-3 against regular-season nonconference opponents in Hilton Coliseum ... Iowa State won a double-overtime thriller (101-94) the last time these two teams met in Ames ... Iowa is looking for its first win in Hilton Coliseum since 1989 (75-55, Dec. 17) ... the home team has won each of the last four meetings ... the last two contests in the series have been decided by nine or fewer points ... there are nine Iowans in uniform, while both head coaches hail from the tall-corn state.
Medders Voted Big 12 Player of
Lyndsey Medders (Iowa State) was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week by a media voting panel for games played from Nov. 28-Dec. 4 ... Medders poured in a career-best 32 points in a victory over Drake, helping Iowa State win in Des Moines for the first time since 2001 ... her 32 points matched the ninth-best single-game scoring mark in school history ... the junior point guard drained 11-of-21 shots (52.4 percent) and was 3-of-6 from behind the arc ... Medders was perfect from the charity stripe, sinking all seven free throws ... she played 39 minutes and added four rebounds, four assists and three steals ... the Los Angeles native is just the second Cyclone to earn the honor since 2003 (Anne O'Neil, Dec. 20, 2005) ... Medders was voted Big 12 Rookie of the Week as a freshman (Dec. 8, 2004).
About the Cyclones
Iowa State captured a 69-57 win at Drake in the Cyclones' first instate matchup of the season ... ISU faces Iowa for its second of three games within a week's time ... the Cyclones are protecting a 16-game home win streak ... Lyndsey Medders poured in a career-best 32 points against the Bulldogs, matching the ninth-best single-game scoring mark in Cyclone history ... the Cyclones shot a season-best 47.2 percent from the floor, including 41.2 percent from behind the arc ... ISU drained 6-of-11 treys (54.5 percent) in the second half, snapping a cold-shooting streak of 24.4 percent accuracy over the Cyclones' previous seven halves of basketball ... three Cyclones are averaging double-digit scoring, led by Medders' 18 ppg ... Megan Ronhovde is pulling down a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per contest ... Brittany Wilkins is ISU's second leading scorer (17.3) and rebounder (7.3) ... nearly half of her rebounds this season have been offensive (12-of-29) ... freshman Nicky Wieben has tallied 11 blocks in four games ... she needs just eight more to break into ISU's freshman single-season list.
About the Hawkeyes
Iowa had its three-game win streak snapped with a 57-51 loss to No. 6 Rutgers in the championship game of the Hawkeye Challenge on Sunday ... the Hawkeyes dropped their only road contest, a 95-91 double-overtime decision at Louisiana Tech ... UI (4-3) already has two tournaments under its belt ... the Hawkeyes fell to No. 22 Oklahoma (85-68) in the opening round of the Odwalla Classic in San Francisco before topping Rider (88-41) in the consolation match ... Iowa played the next three games at home, picking up an 81-57 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay Nov. 30 and defeating Vermont 79-57 in the first round of the Challenge ... Crystal Smith leads Iowa's scoring attack with 21.9 points per game ... Krista VandeVenter (8.3), Stacy Schlapkohl (8.3) and Megan Skouby (8.1) all average just over eight points per contest ... VandeVenter is the team's leading rebounder (7.6) ... eight of the Hawkeyes' top 10 scorers are shooting better than 40 percent from the floor, while five of the 10 are hitting at least 50 percent ... Iowa is averaging 77.1 points on 47.9 percent shooting ... the Hawks are hitting 41.8 percent from downtown and outrebouding foes 38.9-37.4.
The Cyclone - Hawkeye Series
Iowa owns a 20-15 edge in the series that dates back to 1975 … the Cyclones are 8-6 in Ames, including a 101-94 double-overtime thriller the last time the teams met in Hilton Coliseum (Dec. 3, 1003) ... the home team has won each of the last four games ... Iowa's last win in Ames was on Dec. 17, 1989 (75-55) … ISU head coach Bill Fennelly is 6-3 vs. Iowa … UI head coach Lisa Bluder is 9-6 overall against the Cyclones, including a 2-3 mark while at Iowa and a 7-3 slate as head coach at Drake.
Seirra Dawson underwent surgery Nov. 18 to remove bone fragments in her elbow and will be out indefinitely ... Rachel Pierson has played in just one regular-season game (North Carolina State), missing action with a sore back ... Gillian Bjerke, who missed three weeks of preseason workouts with an ankle sprain, sat out the season opener after aggravating the sprain ... Heather Ezell was hospitalized for eight days in October with a staph infection ... doctors removed her appendix ... Ezell was placed on intravenous antibiotics for nearly two weeks, restricting any contact drills or scrimmaging in practice ... she returned to full practice Nov. 5, missing exactly four weeks of action ... Ezell is now playing with a broken finger on her shooting hand, an injury she sustained against North Carolina State.
Junior point guard Lyndsey Medders earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors Dec. 5 after scoring a career-best 32 points against Drake ... she was a preseason all-Big 12 Conference honorable mention selection by the league's coaches ... the Los Angeles native also earned preseason second-team All-America recognition from Women's Basketball News Service ... Medders is ISU's top returning scorer from a year ago and ranked second in the league in assists (6.69 apg).
Iowa State has made at lease one 3-pointer in 308 consecutive games dating back to 1995 ... that streak ranks nationally behind Cleveland State, Drake and Miami (Ohio) ... the school record for 3-pointers made in a game is 18 (vs. Missouri, Feb. 19, 2000) ... Megan Ronhovde sank 6-of-6 triples vs. Colorado last season, adding three more consecutive baskets from outside in the next game vs. Texas for a string of 11-straight 3-pointers.
Coach vs. Cancer
With March Madness, an indication of the closing weeks of NCAA basketball is the increasing hoarseness in head coach Bill Fennelly's voice ... but this year, his voice didn't bounce back as usual ... Fennelly saw his doctor in July and they discovered some growths on his vocal chords, so he was scheduled for a microlaryngoscopy with laser excision immediately ... the procedure removed a nodule on his left vocal chord, which the ensuing tests proved was cancerous ... fortunately, further tests found that the cancer was superficial and non-invasive, an excellent prognosis that required just one follow-up outpatient laser surgery ... there was one catch, however ... the laser surgery required strict vocal rest for two weeks ... Fennelly made it through ISU's basketball camps with paper and pen in hand, but was more than ready to gain the use of his voice again ... the follow-up surgery took place in early August before school started, so his additional week of vocal rest was spent without any Cyclones in Ames ... now Fennelly utilizes a portable microphone and speaker system in practice nearly every day ... he doesn't use it for scrimmages, however, to emulate the actual gameday circumstances for the players.
Home Sweet Hilton Magic
The Cyclones have been phenomenal at home during head coach Bill Fennelly's tenure, compiling a 129-22 record (.854) in Hilton Coliseum, including a 55-3 mark against regular-season nonconference opponents ... Iowa State finished 15-0 in Hilton Coliseum last year, the third Cyclone squad to go undefeated at home ... ISU recorded its first women's basketball sellout in the 2004 WNIT-NIT doubleheader March 25 ... the capacity crowd watched the Cyclones advance to the WNIT Final Four with a 66-58 win over Saint Joseph's.