Iowa State to face West Virginia in Ames for the first time


Photo: Adam Ring/Iowa State Daily

Iowa State’s Hallie Christofferson prepares to attempt a 3-point shot against the UNI Panthers on Monday, Dec. 17, at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls. The Cyclones won the game 67-59. Christofferson scored 21 points and pulled in 10 rebounds, leading the Cyclones in both categories.

Dylan Montz

As West Virginia goes through its inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference, it will also pay its first-ever visit to Hilton Coliseum.

No. 24 Iowa State will host West Virginia in the WBCA Play 4Kay game on Feb. 16 in Hilton Coliseum. In the first meeting this season between the two teams on Jan. 26, the Cyclones (17-5, 8-4 Big 12) defeated the Mountaineers 53-49 in Morgantown, W.Va.

In that victory against West Virginia (14-10, 6-7), the Cyclones found themselves down by 14 points early before storming back to take the win.

Forward Hallie Christofferson led the way for Iowa State with 23 points and a pair of free throws with 6.5 seconds left to secure the win. Forward Chelsea Poppens and point guard Nikki Moody each recorded 10 points as well.

For West Virginia, center Ayana Dunning tallied 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the way for the Mountaineers.

Iowa State’s defense also stepped up in the second half of the game. In the last 29:28 of the game, West Virginia shot 25 percent (8-of-32) from the field to allow the Cyclones to climb back into the game and take the lead.

In West Virginia’s last game, a 64-54 loss at home to No. 25 Oklahoma State, forward Averee Fields ended the game with a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Guard Christal Caldwell added 16 points in the loss, her 18th double-double of the season.

Tipoff will be at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Hilton Coliseum.