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