On the Air
The Cyclones return home for a pair of games in Hilton Coliseum to close out the month of January ... Baylor travels to Ames to face just its second Big 12 North Division foe of the season... the Lady Bears are 0-2 in league road games this year ... BU went 10-0 in nonconference action before dropping its Big 12 opener at at Missouri Jan. 4 ... Iowa State is 1-2 vs. the Big 12 South Division, including a home loss to Oklahoma Jan. 4 ... the Cyclones will play fi ve consecutive North Division teams after playing host to Baylor ... ISU junior Lyndsey Medders should remain ranked fi rst nationally after improving her assists average to 8.8 per game over the weekend.
Iowa State takes 42.l percent of its shots from behind the arc, while Baylor shoots 3-pointers just 22 percent of the time ... ISU and BU rank fi rst and second in the league, respectively, in field goal percentage defense ... the Cyclones are averaging 70.6 ppg both overall and in league games ... Baylor, which averages 73.9 ppg overall, is posting 61.8 ppg in Big 12 play ... seven Cyclones have seen action in all fi ve conference games, while six Lady Bears have played in all six of their league contests ... ISU has not lost a game in which it scored at least 70 points this season (9-0) ... Iowa State has made more free throws (196) than its opponents have attempted (138) ... senior forward/center Brittany Wilkins is the most accurate Cyclone from 3-point territory, hitting 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from downtown.
About the Cyclones
Iowa State earned its second Big 12 Conference road win with an 86-71 victory at Colorado Saturday ... six of the seven Cyclones that played tallied double-digit scoring, led by Brittany Wilkins' 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting ... Nicky Wieben came off the bench to tally 17 points, while Lyndsey Medders posted 15 points and 14 assists ... Megan Ronhovde logged her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds ... Heather Ezell had 11 points and Lisa Bildeaux added 10 points and eight rebounds in her fi rst collegiate start ... Iowa State committed just four turnovers in the game and outrebounded its fi rst Big 12 opponent (42-35).
About the Lady Bears
No. 9 Baylor dropped to 3-3 in Big 12 action with a 73-70 home loss to Oklahoma Saturday, snapping a 25-game win streak in Waco ... the defending national champions have lost two of their last three games ... All-American Sophia Young led BU with 18 points and nine rebounds against the Sooners ... the Lady Bears forced 21 Oklahoma turnovers for 22 points of BU offense, but were outrebounded (37-30) ... Young leads Baylor in scoring (21.0) and rebounding (10.1), while Angela Tisdale and Abiola Wabara contribute 13.5 and 10.2 points per game, respectively... the Lady Bears average 73.9 ppg on 45.1 percent shooting and outrebound opponents by 4.6 each game.
The Cyclone - Lady Bear Series
This is the 12th game of the series, with Baylor owning a 6-5 lead ... Iowa State is 3-1 vs. the Lady Bears in Ames, losing its only game to BU in Hilton Coliseum in 2002 (95-91) ... the Cyclones dropped an 82-77 heartbreaker in Waco last season ... ISU head coach Bill Fennelly is 5-6 vs. Baylor ... BU head coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson is 5-2 vs. ISU.
Bumps and Bruises
Lyndsey Medders missed most of the Texas game Jan. 11 with back spasms, playing just 13 minutes of the fi rst half and sitting out the entire second period ... Seirra Dawson underwent surgery Nov. 18 to remove bone fragments in her elbow ... she returned to action Jan. 11 at Texas... Rachel Pierson played in just one regular-season game (North Carolina State), missing action with a sore back ... she had surgery Jan. 9 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.
Junior point guard Lyndsey Medders ranks first nationally with 8.8 assists per game ... she owns six games with double-digit assists this season, including a school-record 16 dimes vs. IPFW in the championship game of the Cyclone Classic to earn tournament MVP honors ... she was voted Big 12 Player of the Week 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.
Freshmen Heather Ezell and Nicky Wieben have made an immediate impact in the Cyclone lineup ... Ezell, who is ISU's third-leading scorer (12.0 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 fi rst half ... Ezell, who has started every game this season, is averaging a team-best 35.1 minutes played per game ... Wieben had a career game against instate foe Iowa, posting her fi rst collegiate double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds... seven of her boards were offensive ... Wieben set the ISU freshman single-season blocks record with two against Nebraska Jan. 14 and is sixth on the overall single-season list