Fennelly Picks Up 400th Win on Wednesday

Iowa State head women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly picked up career win number 400 on a night in which the threes were pouring in as the Cyclones rolled past Cal State Fullerton 85-62.

"What I told the kids is that I'm a hell of a lot happier being 1-0 than winning my 400th game," Fennelly said after the game. "It's a moment to reflect about the people in your life and how lucky you are to be doing what you're doing. I have been truly blessed to have great people around me and coaches that work as hard as they do."


Fennelly now has a career record of 400-163 in 19 seasons as a head coach, which includes a 234-110 record in 12 seasons at Iowa State.


The two teams combined for 25 three-point baskets on the night including 11 from the Cyclones who struggled from downtown in two exhibition games. Senior guard Lyndsey Medders and freshman guard Alison Lacey led the way with four three-pointers each for Iowa State.


Iowa State pulled away quickly, leading by as much as 13 in the first half behind the great three-point shooting. The Cyclones stretched their lead to as much as 24 in the second half.


"We shot the ball great. I thought we were efficient, we took care of the ball, and it was a game that we had to keep scoring. They (Cal State Fullerton) were making shots when they had to make them, so we just had to keep scoring," Fennelly said.


Medders led the Cyclones in scoring with 24 points to go along with six assists. Sophomore forward Nicky Wieben had a career high 20 points and also had seven rebounds and five blocked shots.


Lacey played exceptionally well in her first start as a member of the Cyclones, starting in place of Heather Ezell. Lacey scored 12 points and also led the team in rebounds with nine. Ezell did not start due to the concussion that she suffered on Sunday night in the final exhibition game against Upper Iowa. Ezell did play in the game though and finished with 10 points and seven assists.


It was a quiet night shooting the ball for senior forward Megan Ronhovde, but she found ways to contribute with seven rebounds and a career high seven assists.


Even with all of the great individual performances in the game, this night was still all about Fennelly. Medders soaked her coach near the end of the game with a water bottle.


"He (Fennelly) means a lot to me. He is the number one reason that I am two thousand miles away from my family. That was the best way that I could show my appreciation," Medders said after the game.


The Cyclones next game is Monday night, November 20 as they travel to Cedar Falls to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers.



Other Game Notes:


-Alison Lacey hit the Cyclone's first 3-pointer of the contest at the 18:20 mark of the first half, marking the 336th consecutive regular-season game Iowa State has made a trey, dating back to 1995.


-After going 8-32 from 3-point range during two exhibition games, the Cyclones started the regular season on fire from behind the arc, hitting 6-13 in the first half. The Cyclones were 11-24 for the contest.


-Lyndsey Medders finished with 24 points, the highest for her since scoring 26 at Kansas State on Feb. 11, 2006. She now has 1,052 career points, putting her 11 points shy of 15th on Iowa State's career scoring list.


-Nicky Wieben beat her season point average from a season ago in the first half, scoring 10 points. She finished with a career high 20. Her previous best was 19, which she did on two occasions.


-Nicky Wieben had five blocked shots, giving her 64 and moving her in to eighth place on the Iowa State career list just one game in to her sophomore season.


-Cal State Fullerton's 14 3-pointers tied a Hilton Coliseum record by an opponent. It had been done twice before.

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