St. Louis Post Game: Player Quotes and Notes

The Iowa State women played a near perfect first half Saturday afternoon against Saint Louis and led 51-17 at the break. They continued to roll in the second half and went on to win 76-48. Get post game notes and quotes right here at CN.

The Cyclones were led in scoring by sophomore Nicky Wieben with 18 points, and freshman Alison Lacey finished with a career-high 15. Toccara Ross was the only other Cyclone in double-figures with 10 points. The media had a chance to talk with senior Megan Ronhovde, sophomore Nicky Wieben, and freshman Alison Lacey after the game.

 

Talk about today's game a little bit.

Megan Ronhovde: Overall, the first half was probably the best half we have played all year. The second half when Coach Fennelly took the five starters out, I think he was trying to prove a point. It's not about the team the team we were playing today. He was trying to instill in us that we are not going to have games like this when the calendar turns to 2007. I think it's the mental approach that we have to take where when we have a lead we have to be able to maintain that and not have a let down.

 

Was the first half the best half because you were clicking both inside and outside?

MR: Yeah I think so. We were able to establish an inside presence. Nicky did a great job coming off the bench, and we were able to hit some outside shots at the same time. When we are able to click like that, it makes it difficult for other teams to defend.

 

This team may be the best team in the state, men's or women's. What is the potential of this team?

MR: Before we started the season, the coaching staff was aware of the potential that we have. Our whole philosophy is that we take it one game at a time, and we don't over look anything. We knew if we were able to get a few steals on the road when we had that four game stretch where we had road games we knew we had a really good shot going in to Big 12 play. We have put ourselves in to a great position coming in to the Big 12 right now.

 

With the game being a blowout like it was, did you have a chance to do some things that will help out in the future?

MR: I think the first half was a great example of that. I know in the second half there were some different rotations that were put in, so it made it difficult to get in a rhythm. I think you have games like this that is a good learning experience to see how you can handle yourself in a situation with a big lead. We have some young players that are still learning how to play, and you get in situations like this with a 30 point lead, but it's not about today.

 

How much did it help you to get so much playing time today?

Alison Lacey: It's nice to be able to come in and fit in. We have been practicing a lot, and I have been working on different positions. I like playing here a lot. I played here last year, so I am used to Wells Fargo. I am confident in knowing that I was trusted to go in, and I feel comfortable with whoever is playing. It's a bit of a confidence booster.

 

How comfortable are you after your first nine games?

AL: I am a lot more comfortable than I was at the beginning of the year. I am not as nervous when I go in. I am still learning, but the more we play the better we get. It's definitely coming along.

 

Talk about the inside play today.

Nicky Wieben: We came out and got some really good looks inside to start off with. Ronhovde and Medders were doing a good job getting the ball inside. It just happened to be that we kicked it outside and hit some threes. I think overall we had a really good inside-outside game.

 

How has coming off the bench helped your game?

NW: I always try not to think about it too much. Any two of me, Pierson, and Ross can be in there. Whoever is hitting their shots and doing what they need to do is going to be in the game. I think with us three, if one of us isn't playing very well the other two will pick it up.

 

 

Other game notes:

 

-Lyndsey Medders had 10 assists in the first half of Saturday's game.

 

-Amanda Nisleit's two 3-pointers tied a season and career high. She also made a pair against Virginia Tech.

 

-Nicky Wieben's nine rebounds was a season high. Her career high was 13 during her freshman season.

 

-Alison Lacey's 15 points is a new career high. Her previous high was 12 against Cal State Fullerton.

 

-Megan Ronhovde's two three-pointers moved her in to fourth place on the Iowa State career list. She now has 199 for her career.

 

-With the win today, Iowa State has now won five straight games. It is their longest streak since early last season when they won six in a row.

 


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