Iowa State struggled in the first half Friday night against Utah State but used a big second half run to pull away. The 70-40 win marked the eighth straight victory for the Cyclones (11-1). Heather Ezell led the way offensively with 18 points and also had six rebounds. Nicky Wieben chipped in with 13 points, and Alison Lacey finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The media had a chance to talk with Alison Lacey and Heather Ezell after the game.
Talk about coming off the bench tonight.
Heather Ezell: I guess the pressure is off a little. You kind of have a different mindset going in. You can see the flow of the game before you get in to it. It gives you a little time to relax, and you get in to the flow of the game a little better.
Did you feel comfortable shooting tonight?
HE: I have been struggling the last few games. The coaches have been telling me little things that I have to fix. I finally got that in my mind and concentrated on that. Once the first shot went down I got in a little zone and it was all up hill for me.
Have you been thinking a lot about your recent struggles?
HE: You start thinking about it a little too much, and I was definitely doing that. I was trying to fix everything at once when it was only one thing that was the problem. You start thinking about it too much instead of just shooting it. That was my biggest problem. Tonight I got in a rhythm and got going, and I didn't think about my struggles too much.
What is the team's attitude towards Lyndsey's pursuit of the career assists record?
HE: We haven't really talked about it. Lyndsey and I have talked about it a little bit on the side. In the locker room, it's really not talked about. I'm sure everyone knows about it and they all have it on their mind, but we are all in it for Medders. We all want her to get it. She wants to get it over with, but she's not going to talk or brag about it because she's not that kind of person. If it happens she will just go with the flow.
How is your knee right now?
HE: It's pretty much healthy. The only thing is playing three games in a row it gets a little stiff. Other than that, the pain in my knee is pretty much gone.
Talk about starting tonight.
Alison Lacey: Coach told me at shoot around that I was going to start, and I have to get prepared mentally. It was fun to come out and play.
You got the two first baskets of the game. Were those plays designed to go to you?
AL: It was either me or Ronhovde, whoever had position in the post. It was up to Medders which way she went.
Would you prefer to start of come off the bench?
AL: Whatever coach wants to do, I'm ready to do it. It doesn't really bug me. I am going to do whatever is better for the team.
Were you able to concentrate on one position tonight?
AL: I didn't play the four spot tonight. I got to concentrate on the point guard and off guard positions. That was nice to have just two spots instead of three.
Other game notes:
-Lyndsey Medders had six assists in Friday night's game to lead Iowa State, leaving her just two shy of Lindsey Wilson's record of 589 career assists.
-Alison Lacey tied a career-high with nine rebounds in Friday night's win over Utah State.
-Freshman Genesis Lightbourne scored her first point as a member of the Iowa State Cyclones.
-Iowa State outrebounded Utah State 45-36. This marked the tenth time this season that Iowa State has outrebounded their opponent, and they are 10-0 in those games.
-Heather Ezell's five three-pointers was a season high for her and just two shy of her career high of seven.