ISU WBB vs. Oklahoma Sooners Pregame Update

Iowa State Cyclone Basketball vs. No. 18 Oklahoma Sooners Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2005 - 6 p.m. tip Hilton Coliseum - Ames, Iowa REMINDER: GAME TIME MOVED TO 6 p.m.

Iowa State Probable Starters
Cyclones (9-2, 0-0 Big 12), 2005-06 Stats
G 14 Lyndsey Medders, 5-9, Jr., 16.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 9.9 apg
G 15 Heather Ezell, 5-9, Fr., 12.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.8 apg
F       05      Nicky Wieben, 6-4, Fr., 9.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg
F       31      Megan Ronhovde, Jr., 6-1, 9.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg
C       51      Brittany Wilkins, 6-3, RS Sr., 14.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg
First Off the Bench
F       24      Gillian Bjerke, 6-2, Fr., 3.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F       25      Lisa Bildeaux, 6-3, So., 5.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg
C       32      Amanda Nisleit, 6-0, Fr., 0.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Head Coach: Bill Fennelly (William Penn ‘79)  
ISU Record (yrs): 224-99 (11)   Career: 390-152 (18)

Oklahoma Probable Starters
Sooners (10-3, 0-0 Big 12), 2005-06 Stats
G 22 Chelsi Welch, 5-9, RS Jr., 6.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg
G 33 Britney Brown, 5-8, Jr., 3.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg
G 34 Erin Higgins, 5-9, Jr., 10.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
F       24      Leah Rush, 6-1, Jr., 11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg
C       03      Courtney Paris, 6-4, Fr., 22.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg
First Off the Bench
G 11 Laura Andrews, 6-0, Sr., 4.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg
G 20 Kendra Moore, 5-5, Jr., 6.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg
F       05      Ashley Paris, 6-3, Fr., 6.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg
Head Coach: Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian ‘87)
OU Record (yrs): 183-111 (10)  Career: 183-111 (10)

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 (

Iowa State and Oklahoma meet at 6 p.m. in a Big 12 Conference opener ... game time was moved to accomodate fan interest in the national championship football game ... Iowa State is protecting its perfect 6-0 mark at home and a 21-game home win streak overall ... Oklahoma has not won a game in Ames since 1994 ... Hilton Coliseum is the only Big 12 Conference gym in which OU head coach Sherri Coale has not collected a win ... ISU is 6-3 in Big 12 openers, including a 4-1 home league opener mark ... OU and ISU have met twice in Big 12 openers, with the Cyclones earning victories in both games (1998 and 2001 in Norman) ... OU's Chelsi Welch joined ISU head coach Bill Fennelly and assistant coach Latoja Harris on the Big 12 All-Star squad that traveled to the 2003 World University Games ... Iowa State is 0-1 vs. nationally ranked teams this season, losing at No. 15 Minnesota Dec. 22.

About the Cyclones
Iowa State earned its ninth consecutive Cyclone Classic championship with wins over Nicholls (77-28) and IPFW (87-68) to close out nonconference action ... senior guard Lyndsey Medders set the school record with 16 assists en route to tournament MVP honors, her third-straight Cyclone Classic team appearance ... Medders leads the nation with 9.9 assists per game ... ISU got 22 points from freshman Heather Ezell, while senior Brittany Wilkins posted her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-best 15 rebounds ... freshman Nicky Wieben added 15 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals, joining Wilkins on the all-tournament team.

About the Sooners
No. 18 Oklahoma snapped a two-game losing skid with an 83-70 win at then-No. 16 New Mexico Dec. 30 ... it was the Sooners' second win at The Pit this season ... OU topped UNM 74-63 Nov. 16 in the preseason WNIT semifinals ... Sooner freshman center Courtney Paris, the Big 12's leading scorer (22.3) and rebounder (14.7), played just five minutes of the first half ... she finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds in 22 minutes, to give her an NCAA-best 10th double-double this season ... junior guard Chelsi Welch had 18 first-half points, including 10-of-10 accuracy at the free throw line ... she has missed just one charity shot (41-of -42) this season to lead the Big 12 (.976 ) ... Welch finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while junior guard Erin Higgins and junior forward Leah Rush added 12 and 11 points, respectively ... Oklahoma is 4-2 on the road this season, dropping games at Connecticut (82-62) and Illinois (86-75) ... the Sooners average 76.6 ppg on 45.9 percent shooting, including 33.5 percent accuracy behind the arc ... OU owns a league-best +12.0 rebounding margin.

The Cyclone - Sooner Series
This is the 42nd meeting between the schools with the series beginning in 1977 ... Oklahoma owns a 24-17 lead overall, but Iowa State has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including a 73-60 win in Norman last season ... ISU is 10-7 against OU in Ames, including six consecutive wins in Hilton Coliseum since 1995 ... OU's last win in Ames was Feb. 6, 1994 (65-45) ... the Sooners' last victory against the Cyclones was Feb. 22, 2003, in Norman (61-48) ... that is OU head coach Sherri Coale's only win over the Cyclones ... Fennelly is 10-2 vs. OU ... Coale is 1-9 vs. ISU.

Bumps and Bruises
Seirra Dawson underwent surgery Nov. 18 to remove bone fragments in her elbow ... she has been cleared to practice and should dress for games beginning in mid-January ... Rachel Pierson played in just one regular-season game (North Carolina State), missing action with a sore back ... she will have surgery in January and will miss the remainder of the season ... 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.

Medders Matters
Junior point guard Lyndsey Medders leads the nation with 9.91 assists per game ... she owns five games with double-digit assists this season, including a school-record 16 dimes vs. IPFW in the championship game of the Cyclone Classic ... she earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors Dec. 5 after scoring a career-best 32 points against Drake ... Medders 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).

Fantastic Frosh
Freshmen Heather Ezell and Nicky Wieben have started every game this season ... Ezell, who is ISU's third-leading scorer (12.9 ppg), had a breakout game against Akron, pouring in a career-best 27 points ... she was one 3-pointer shy of the Hilton Coliseum record with seven treys, including 6-of-6 shooting in the first half ... Ezell is averaging a team-best 35.1 minutes played per game ... Wieben had a career game against instate foe Iowa, posting her first collegiate double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds ... seven of her boards were offensive ... Wieben, who ranks nationally with 2.6 blocks per game, is just three blocks shy (28) of matching the ISU freshman single-season blocks record (31).

Trey Bien
Iowa State has made at lease one 3-pointer in 315 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.

Home Sweet Hilton Magic
The Cyclones own a 21-game home win streak in Hilton Coliseum ... they have been phenomenal at home during head coach Bill Fennelly's tenure, compiling a 135-22 record (.860) in Hilton Coliseum, including a 60-3 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 (14,092) watched the Cyclones advance to the WNIT Final Four with a 66-58 win over Saint Joseph's.

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