Christofferson to lead Iowa State in final regular season games


Senior forward Hallie Christofferson shoots the ball during Iowa State’s 61-60 loss against TCU Feb. 5 at Hilton Coliseum. She scored in double figures for the 21st time this season.

Maddy Arnold

Hallie Christofferson has just two weeks left until the start of her final post season.

But before the senior forward and the rest of the Cyclones can think about the Big 12 tournament and thereafter, they will have to play five more regular-season games.

The first step on that road for the ISU women’s basketball team (17-8, 6-8 Big 12) will be against Texas (17-9, 8-6 Big 12) on Feb. 22. The Cyclones will rematch the Longhorns after falling earlier this season in Texas.

In this last stretch of the regular season, Iowa State will be relying on Christofferson for leadership. She is the only starting senior on the team and Iowa State’s leading scorer so far this season.

“[Christofferson is] a kid that’s completely committed to what the programs about,” said ISU coach Bill Fennelly. “She is one of those people that she does it by example. She shows up every day. She never complains. The one thing that I think is unique is she never blames anyone else for her problems.”

But Christofferson is not a typical leader. She has a reputation for being quiet both on and off the court. Instead of leading with words, the senior prefers to do it through example.

“She’s one person that you have to watch everything she does because she’s not going to say it. She’s not going to talk. She’s not going tot tell you exactly what needs to be done unless you’re one-on-one with her. That’s just the type of person Hallie is,” said junior guard Brynn Williamson.

So far this season Christofferson has given her teammates a solid example to follow. She averages almost 19 points per game — good enough for second in the Big 12 — and eight rebounds.

Christofferson also ranks 12th in the country in free throw shooting percentage. She’s made almost 90 percent of her shots from the charity stripe this season.

“She leads by example. I would talk to her in practice like when we’re in post guard break down. She leads me because I’m not used to it,” said freshman guard Seanna Johnson.

Christofferson will have her work cut out for her if she wants to lead her team to a win against Texas. The first time the two teams played this season, the Longhorns won by seven points in Austin.

Ten different Longhorns were able to score at least two points on the Cyclones. Three of them were in double-digits by the end of the game.

Christofferson scored only nine against Texas but she only played 28 minutes — below her average of almost 33 minutes per game — after committing three fouls on the night.

But Christofferson responded with a 29-point performance against Kansas in Iowa State’s next game. Fennelly said Christofferson’s response shows she is a good leader for the team.

“When you’re really obviously the only senior that plays, the focal point of your team when you don’t play or as well as you think you can do you put a lot of pressure on yourself. That means you care. That means you want to do the right things,” Fennelly said.