Iowa State to host Kansas on Saturday

Maddy Arnold

The ISU women’s basketball team (16-7, 5-7 Big 12) will play Kansas (12-13, 5-8 Big 12) for the first time this season. Iowa State will return to the court on Saturday after six days off from play.

The Cyclones have lost seven of their last nine games after going undefeated in nonconference play. Iowa State is riding a two-game losing streak after dropping a one-point game against Texas Christian at home before losing by seven at Texas last Sunday.

To end their losing streak, the Cyclones will have to match up with junior forward Chelsea Gardner who averages almost 17 points per game. She’s shooting over 50 percent from the field this season and averages over eight rebounds a game.

The last time Iowa State faced Kansas was in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament last season. The Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 77-62 when then-senior Chelsea Poppens and junior Hallie Christofferson combined for 47 points.

Kansas will travel to Ames — where it has not won since 2006 — to take on Iowa State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hilton Coliseum. The Jayhawks do however lead the all-time series 45-30.