Courtside Notes: Cyclones Knock Off Panthers

The Iowa State women defeated UNI today by a score of 61-54. Take a look at some notes from the game.

Pre-game notes:


*I was extremely impressed by the Wells Fargo Center. I was one of the pessimists that didn't want these games being played in Des Moines but pre-game was pretty neat. During the women's warm-ups they actually dimmed the lights and spotlighted the Iowa State starting lineup. I feel like I'm watching a women's college basketball game in an NBA arena.


*It was nice to be able to look at the scoreboard and actually see the score of the game.


*The last time the Iowa State women lost to UNI was in 2002 when UNI won by a score of 65-58. Other than that you'd have to go back to 1996 to find and Iowa State loss to UNI. The Cyclones have dominated the series leading it 25-8.


*Iowa State won last years game in Cedar Falls by a score of 68-58. Megan Ronhovde led Iowa State with 16 points.


1st Half:


*Iowa State hit their first shot of the game at the 12:35 mark of the first half when Megan Ronhovde hit a jumper. The Cyclones are starting off just a little bit sluggish this afternoon. They are got some open looks but nothing was falling. UNI came out scrappy and ready to play and started the game off on a 9-2 run.


*Iowa State fought back to take a 10-9 lead with 10 minutes to go in the first half. Lyndsey Medders was a big reason for that as she scored 5 straight points for the Clones and got an old school three point play.


*UNI was getting a lot of open threes early due to the ISU 2-3 zone. It reminded me a lot of when the men played UNI. UNI was getting all of those open looks from the corner and the women were doing the same. With 7:13 to go in the 1st half, ISU had a 14-12 lead.


*With 3 minutes left in the first half, I can honestly say that I've never seen a women's game where so many lay-ups were missed. It seemed like anytime the ISU women attempted one it would roll out. The Clones were up 18-17 with 2:11 left in the half.


*I love watching Bill Fennelly coach. He got upset with a player and literally ran over and grabbed Nicky Wieben and ran her over to check in as if she didn't know where to go. It was quite funny.


Halftime Score: Iowa State 23 UNI 17

Notable Stats:


*Medders lead the Cyclones at the half with 7 points and 4 assists.

*Heather Ezell had 6 points at the half.

*Brirany Wilkins had 6 points and 8 rebounds at the half.

*Megan Ronhovde had only 2 points but 6 rebounds at the half.

*Nicky Wieben was scoreless.


2nd half:


*Iowa State started off red hot in the second half. With 13:46 Iowa State had a 37-25 lead and those easy lay-ups that I was talking about were finally starting to fall. Medders got into her rhythm with some early 2nd half points for the Cyclones and she began to control the game on both sides of the ball.


*Lyndsey Medders might only be 5'9 but to me she plays like she's 6'1. She always has her hands up on defense and it pays off for her on most of her steals.


*UNI began to make a nice little comeback in the second half. Iowa State had stretched their lead to about 15 points when UNI got within 7 with only 3:55 left.


*Iowa State was really trying to work the ball inside towards the end of the game. Obviously they have a ton of shooters but the guards were trying to get everybody involved.


*Nicky Wieben didn't have a great game offensively but she was sick on defense. She has the wing span of Karl Malone.


*UNI made a solid run at the end but Iowa State was too much.


FINAL SCORE: Iowa State 61 UNI 54


Notable Stats:

*Lyndsey Medders led Iowa State with 24 points and 7 assists.

*Brittany Wilkins had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Megan Ronhovde only scored 2 points but had 12 rebounds on the night.

*Heather Ezell had 9 points and 5 assists.

*Lisa Bildeauz had 8 points and 10 rebounds.


*Iowa State had 22 points in the paint compared to UNI's 12.

*Iowa State shot 36.2% from the field and 46.2% from behind the arch.



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