The women's basketball game on Saturday night was all about senior Lyndsey Medders. She is now the all-time leader in career assists at Iowa State, as she passed Lindsey Wilson's record of 589 early in the second half. She also moved in to a tie for tenth on the career scoring list at Iowa State with 1,201 points. Medders finished tonight's game with 21 points and nine assists. Toccara Ross and Nicky Wieben both chipped in with 16 points to help the Cyclones (12-1) defeat Loyola Marymount 71-55. The media had a chance to talk with Medders about the record and the future of this Cyclone team after the game.
Talk about the assist record.
Lyndsey Medders: I got a little emotional. They (Loyola Marymount) went on an 8-0 or 10-0 run after that, so I felt kind of bad. I hadn't really thought about it. Coach said some things to me that meant a lot. I think the biggest part to me is having my family here to see it. I made a big sacrifice by coming as far out as I did. I knew about half of the Loyola team so that was pretty ironic that I did it front of those people. It meant a little bit more when it actually happened. I'm not going to lie and say that it didn't. Again, it's a record that was made and set because of other people. I didn't do it on my own. Nicky Wieben finally made a layup. I can say that because we love each other. I was excited to do it, and it's over with. I don't want to hear about it anymore.
You are now in the top 10 in scoring for your career at Iowa
LM: I don't even follow that stuff. The most exciting thing is that we are 12-1. Coach told us that no team has ever been 13-1. Those are the kinds of situations that I will talk about. If we beat Kansas, we are 13-1, and no team has ever done that here.
How confident are you with this team going in to Big 12
LM: I think the key work for us this year has been depth. There have been some game we have played this preseason that last year we wouldn't have sitting at 12-1. I am extremely confident. The way Alison Lacey has been playing lately and the way Ezell played last night. She didn't score as much tonight, but she got some steals and she was one of the only ones rebounding at the end of the game. There are a lot of people on this year's team that are doing things that allow us to win games. To be honest with the way we have played the last three days, I am pretty confident with what this team can do. The focus shifts now towards the Big 12. What we always talk about is dominating at home and surviving on the road and giving ourselves a chance to win. I am extremely confident and very excited about it. I think it's going to be a fun run here.
Other game notes:
-Toccara Ross finished with 16 points, marking the ninth game this season she has finished in double-figures. This was the first time in three games.
-Nicky Wieben's 16 points marked the ninth time this season she has finished in double-figures.
-The Cyclones finished the non-conference schedule with one loss or less for the fifth time under head coach Bill Fennelly.
-The Cyclones are now 11-0 in games that they outrebound their opponent after outrebounding Loyola Marymount 37-35.
-Iowa State dominated the points in the paint, 40-24, in a game in which the opponent had some very skilled post players.