Cyclones Win Exhibition 72-50

Junior college transfer Toccara Ross got her first start as a member of the Iowa State Cyclones today filling in for Rachel Pierson, who was out with an illness. Ross was one of two Cyclones who finished the game with a double-double, along with sophomore Nicky Wieben, as the Cyclones cruised past St. Cloud State 72-50 in their first exhibition game of the season.

"It was a good start," head coach Bill Fennelly said. "We wanted to play a lot of people and we did. Part of that probably ruined the flow of the game a little bit because we were subbing so much. I thought the young kids did okay. They were excited about playing, and that was cool to get them in the game."


Ross started her Cyclone career with 15 points and 10 rebounds in only 21 minutes on the floor. Wieben led the team in both scoring and rebounding with 21 points and 12 rebounds, including five offensive boards. Senior Lyndsey Medders also scored in double-figures finishing with 11 points on a day that she really struggled shooting the ball, making only four of her 12 attempts. She also added eight assists.


Both teams started off  slowly as the game was tied at 16 with about 6:30 remaining in the first half, but about a minute later senior Megan Ronhovde hit a three-pointer that ignited the crowd and the team. The Cyclones then went on a 10-0 run. Iowa State led 37-22 at halftime.


Iowa State picked up where they left off before halftime extending their lead to as much as 22 points in the second half.


All four of the true freshmen on the roster played significant minutes led by Alison Lacey's four points and seven rebounds. Shellie Mosman spent much of her 13 minutes playing point guard with Medders on the bench.


The biggest problem for the Cyclones today was turnovers as they finished the game with 20 of them including five from Medders.


"Part of (the turnovers) is my fault because of the way we subbed. There is no flow to the game and people are in and out. The ones that bothered me were the three-seconds, illegal screens, dribbling the ball off our foot. The ones that are our fault are the ones that we need to clean up, and our older kids need to make sure they don't make the mistakes," Fennelly said.


Fennelly said he expects Rachel Pierson to be ready to play next Sunday as the Cyclones play host to Upper Iowa at 6:30 p.m. in their final exhibition game before getting the regular season underway on November 15.



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