Seniors lead Cyclones to win

Caitlyn Diimig

He stood straight up. His face was red and his jaw was dropped.

Coach Bill Fennelly had no words to describe the two turnovers Iowa State had just committed against Kansas. By the end of the game, however, Fennelly’s blood drained from his face.

The Cyclones earned a win 66-47 against the Jayhawks.

“We knew we needed to push; we weren’t going to lose again,” said freshman Brynn Williamson.

Leading Iowa State was senior Chassidy Cole. Despite pressure from KU guards, Cole managed a career-high 11 assists.

“Anytime you’re a perimeter player and [junior] Angel Goodrich has you —that’s a lot of respect, because that’s our best defender on the ball,” said KU coach Bonnie Henrickson.

Both Cole and senior Lauren Mansfield had struggled in their last game against Texas Tech.

“I talked to them at great length in practice yesterday. They both practiced awful,” Fennelly said. “And I just told them ‘the clock is ticking.'”

After the first half Fennelly told Cole and Mansfield to step up their game.

“I felt like it was all or nothing, if we didn’t step up then I felt like our team was going to go down the drain,” Cole said. “They were dependent on us at the half we really need to just go out there and do something positive.”

The Cyclones proved their best with a 14-0 run within the first 3:30 minutes of play.

Between both Mansfield and Cole, the two scored 15 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out 16 assists.

“I was always tell our team, ‘You need to be at your best when your best is needed,'” Fennelly said. “And our best was needed then, and they were at their best.”

Kansas may have shined brighter on the offensive end had junior Carolyn Davis not ended her season with a knee injury against Kansas State on Sunday.

“Certainly without Carolyn Davis — that’s a different team,” Fennelly said.

In this seasons’ previous match-up against Kansas, Davis had scored 19 points against Iowa State.

Coach Henrickson insisted her team would not make any excuses for Davis’ injury.

“She had nothing to do with [Iowa State] hitting all those 3s today,” Henrickson said.

Iowa State scored seven 3-pointers, and had a 60 shooting percentage in the second half.

Also leading the Cyclones were sophomore Hallie Christofferson and junior Chelsea Poppens. Christofferson finished with 14 points, her 13th double figure game. Poppens earned her 12th double-double with 17 points and 12 boards.

The Cyclones will take on Oklahoma on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.