Dallas, Texas- In a do or die situation Tuesday afternoon in the Big 12 tournament, it was a freshman and a senior whom led the Iowa State women's basketball team to a 72-68 win over the Texas Longhorns.
Freshman Heather Ezell led
"We challenged Heather hard in
practice the other day, and to her credit, she stepped in and made some huge
shots. It seems like every shot that she made was at the perfect time," said
Ezell knocked down four of her five 3-pointers in the second half when her team needed them the most.
"If you lose, you're out. So it's time to no matter what, no excuses, put the ball in the hole, doesn't matter what's going on. So kind of got that mentality and it I was open, I was going to put it in, said Ezell.
"We have come-from-behind a lot. In our last four or five wins, now five we have been down at halftime. You want to be around people who just don't quite fighting and competing, and I've been honored to be around this group all year and they have kept plugging away," said Fennelly.
The last time these two teams met,
"We didn't play our best game down
there. Our scout team plays harder defense on us the past few days than I think
Lyndsey Medders didn't have her best game as a Cyclone, but the junior made her presence felt during this first round tournament game. Medders went 5-12 from the field but still managed to score 17 points and tacked on seven assists on the game.
"At the end of the game, when you get into tournaments, you have to have great guard play which we have in Lyndsey Medders," said Fennelly.
With the win, the number nine
seeded Cyclones will move on to face the number one seeded Oklahoma Sooners
tomorrow at noon.