ISU WBB at Oklahoma State Cowgirls Pre-game

Iowa State Cyclone Basketball at Oklahoma State Cowgirls Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006 • 2 p.m. tip Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) • Stillwater, Okla.

Iowa State Cyclone Basketball
at Oklahoma State Cowgirls
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006 • 2 p.m. tip
Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) • Stillwater, Okla.

Iowa State Probable Starters
Cyclones (9-3, 0-1 Big 12), 2005-06 Stats
G 14 Lyndsey Medders, 5-9, Jr., 15.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 9.3 apg
G 15 Heather Ezell, 5-9, Fr., 12.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.9 apg
F       05      Nicky Wieben, 6-4, Fr., 10.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg
F       31      Megan Ronhovde, Jr., 6-1, 8.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg
C       51      Brittany Wilkins, 6-3, RS Sr., 14.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg
First Off the Bench
F       24      Gillian Bjerke, 6-2, Fr., 3.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
F       25      Lisa Bildeaux, 6-3, So., 5.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg
C       32      Amanda Nisleit, 6-0, Fr., 0.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg
Head Coach: Bill Fennelly (William Penn ‘79)  
ISU Record (yrs): 224-100 (11)   Career: 390-153 (18)

Oklahoma State Probable Starters
Cowgirls (6-6, 0-1 Big 12), 2005-06 Stats
G 12 Taylor Hardeman, 5-10, Fr., 6.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg
G 25 Brisa Silva, 5-6, Jr., 9.4 pg, 2.1 rpg
F       05      Destanie Sykes, 6-0, Jr., 5.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg
F       32      Shaunté Smith, 6-0, Jr., 11.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg
C       42      Whitney Pegram, 6-4, Jr., 19.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg
First Off the Bench
G 14 Vivi Nascimento, 6-0, Jr., 5.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
F       24      Amanda Foster, 6-3, Jr., 3.3. ppg, 3.8 rpg
C       15      Christian Hood, 6-5, Jr., 3.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg
Head Coach: Kurt Budke (Washburn ‘84)
OSU Record (yrs): 6-6 (1)  Career: 359-52 (13)

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).

Quickly
Iowa State travels to Oklahoma State for its first Big 12 road test after both teams dropped their league openers Wednesday ... the Cyclones have lost two straight in Stillwater since earning a 76-64 win in Gallagher-Iba Arena in 2000 ... first-year OSU head coach Kurt Budke won four national championships as head coach at Trinity Valley (Athens, Texas) Community College and compiled an 80-16 record in three seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech ... Budke brought in five junior college players, giving him just four underclassmen (two freshmen, two sophomores) ... OSU is 5-3 at home this season after winning its last five games in Stillwater ... Iowa State is 1-1 on the road.

About the Cyclones
Iowa State suffered its worst home loss since 2003, snapping a 21-game home win streak at the hands of No. 18/16 Oklahoma (87-67) Wednesday ... senior Brittany Wilkins recorded her second consecutive double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman Nicky Wieben matched her career best with 19 points ... junior Lyndsey Medders rounded out ISU's double-digit scoring with 12 points ... the Cyclones had their lowest shooting half of the season to start the game, hitting just 26.5 percent from the floor ... Oklahoma scorched the nets with 55.9 percent accuracy, including 7-of-12 from behind the arc to earn a 50-29 lead at the half ... ISU never recovered, but kept played an even second half with an array of lineups against the Sooner starters.

About the Cowgirls
First-year head coach Kurt Budke added five junior college standouts to the Cowgirl roster ... 6-4 junior Whitney Pegram is OSU's top scorer, averaging 19 ppg ... freshman Shaunté Smith and junior Brisa Silva post 11.2 and 9.4 ppg, respectively ... junior Destanie Sykes leads the Cowgirls on the backboards with 7.8 rpg ... Oklahoma State enjoyed a four-game win streak before losing two of its last three games ... the Cowgirls posted a record-setting 103-48 win over Prairie View A&M Dec. 29 to close out nonconference action before dropping a 74-52 decision at Texas A&M Wednesday ... Pegram led OSU with 12 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots, while Silva added 10 points ... despite shooting 48.9 percent in the game, the Cowgirls could not overcome a 51-24 rebounding deficit ... OSU had 19 turnovers in the game, including 10 by Silva.

The Cyclone - Cowgirl Series
This is the 42nd game in the series that dates back to 1978 ... Oklahoma State holds a 23-18 edge overall, including an 11-7 record in Stillwater ... Iowa State has lost two straight in Gallagher-Iba Arena after logging a 76-64 win on Jan. 18, 2000 ... ISU head coach Bill Fennelly is 8-5 against Oklahoma State ... OSU head coach Kurt Budke faces Iowa State for the first time.


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