ISU Notches 77-61 Cy-Hawk Series Win

A career night for Iowa State freshman and Ankeny native Nicky Wieben led the Cyclones to a 77-61 victory over Iowa in front of 10,422 fans at Hilton Coliseum Thursday night, improving ISU's home winning streak to 17 games over the past two seasons.

A career night for Iowa State freshman and Ankeny native Nicky Wieben led the Cyclones to a 77-61 victory over Iowa in front of 10,422 fans at Hilton Coliseum Thursday night, improving ISU's home winning streak to 17 games over the past two seasons.

Four of the six Cyclones that played in the game registered a double-double as Iowa State improved to 4-1 on the season. Wieben registered career highs with 19 points and 12 rebounds, sinking 7-of-11 shots.

"I'm proud of the effort of our team, even if we only played six kids," Fennelly said. "We beat a really, really good team tonight. It's a lot of fun to win games like this."

Junior Lyndsey Medders dished out a career-high 14 assists to complement her 20-point night, her second points/assists double-double of the season and the fourth of her career. Her 14 assists matched the second-best single-game performance in ISU history.

Junior Megan Ronhovde tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Wilkins added 10 points and tied a career best with 13 rebounds. Ronhovde has posted three double-doubles in ISU's five games this season and six in her career. Wilkins owns five career double-double performances, including two this season.

The game was a back-and-forth struggle for most of the first half. The Hawkeyes (4-4) led 14-7 before Iowa State rallied to tie the contest at 18-18. The Cyclones closed the first half on a 9-0 run over the final 4:27, building a 10-point lead at intermission (37-27).

"I thought the last eight minutes of the first half we were pretty darn good," Fennelly said.

The momentum continued after the break, as ISU scored the first eight points of the second half to extend the lead to 18. Iowa trimmed the lead to 54-48 with just under 10 minutes to play, but Iowa State responded with a 15-4 run to put the game away.

"Overall, defensively, we were pretty solid," Fennelly said. "We didn't want to give up a lot of transition baskets. We didn't want to give up a lot of free throw opportunities."

The victory gives ISU a 7-2 lead in the 2005-06 edition of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa State scored wins in football (23-3) and soccer (2-1), while Iowa was victorious in wrestling (20-15). The hardwood hysteria continues Friday night as Iowa State plays host to Iowa in men's hoops. Additionally, Iowa and Iowa State hit the pool in women's swimming and diving in Ames on Friday. Both events begin at 7 p.m.

The women cagers return to the floor Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. as Iowa State plays host to Akron.


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