Christofferson highlights romp of Devilettes

Cory Weaver

The ISU women’s basketball team defeated the Devilettes of Mississippi Valley State 77-47 on Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. Several Cyclones took home career and season highs en route to the 30-point victory.

Hallie Christofferson led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, while Jessica Schroll collected a season-high eight rebounds. Amanda Zimmerman and Fallon Ellis also had a big day, each with a career-best of 11 points as well.

Christofferson got the Cyclones (6-2) off to a fast start, scoring 11 of the team’s first 16 points. Iowa State slowly began to break away near the 14-minute mark, highlighted by a 5-1 turnover margin.

Brynn Williamson made her first career start on Sunday, and made her presence known with her second 3-pointer of the game to give Iowa State its biggest lead of the half at 23 points with just 5:14 left.

Iowa State continued its scoring barrage into the second half and even increased its biggest lead to 37 at one point. The Devilettes (2-5) weren’t as fortunate on the scoring end, however, and Ka’Neshia Smith was the first on her team to double figures with just eight minutes left in the bout.

Key to the Game

While Christofferson did have her best scoring outing of the season, freshman Fallon Ellis stepped up for the Cyclones with both Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins out with knee injuries. The freshman’s 11 points were a career high as well as her five offensive rebounds and the outing did not go unnoticed by fans when she left to a standing ovation.

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Coach Bill Fennelly

On Christofferson’s performance:

“We want her to shoot more. She’s such a good kid that when she misses, she doesn’t want to miss the next one because it hurts her team,” Fennelly said. “I’ll tell you when to quit shooting,” he said he told her.

On Ellis:

“She’s someone who’s shown glimpses of giving us good minutes. Besides Hallie’s game, that was the most encouraging part of the game for me.”

Hallie Christofferson

On if she changes her game if there is a height advantage or not:

“I didn’t change anything.”

Brynn Williamson

On her first career start:

“It was cool to hear my name in the starting lineup but I hear my name when I score too so it wasn’t really different for me.”

A Numbers Game

525 – Number of consecutive games Iowa State has recorded a 3-pointer, an NCAA record.

24 and 9 – Number of season-high assists Iowa State had on Sunday and season-low turnovers.

6 – Wins all time against teams from the SWAC Conference (6-0).

62 – Consecutive regular season non-conference home wins

22 – Points Christofferson had with 14:14 left in the second half. Also the same amount the entire MVSU had at that point

4 – ISU players in double digits (Christofferson-24, Williamson-10, Ellis-11, Zimmerman-11)

27.1 – The Devilettes’ field goal percentage Sunday. The Cyclones have held seven of eight opponents to under 40 percent this season.