Cyclones ready to get back at Nebraska


ISU coach Bill Fennelly talks with forward/guard Jessica Schroll after pulling her out of a play during the second half of the Iowa State-Columbia game Dec. 11, 2010 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones defeated the Lions 73-27.

Kelsey Jacobs

Both Iowa State and Nebraska will attempt to avoid going 0-2 in Big 12 play as the No. 16 Cyclones host the Cornhuskers on Tuesday night.

Both teams suffered losses in their Big 12 openers Saturday, with the Cyclones (12-3, 0-1 Big 12) falling to No. 1 Baylor 70-58 and Nebraska (10-5, 0-1) going down to Oklahoma 70-50.

“We’re both 0-1, and nobody wants to go 0-2 in this league,” said ISU coach Bill Fennelly, “You’ve got to do everything you can to win at home.”

Winning on the road Saturday was another story for the Cyclones, as they went scoreless for the first 7:55 of the matchup against the Lady Bears.

After the Cyclones got warmed up, they attempted a comeback with senior Kelsey Bolte leading the team with 21 points and sophomore Anna Prins contributing 15 points.

After the loss to Baylor, Fennelly said the team needed to reflect on what they could have done better, which included a better start.

“I think the challenge for our kids is when the game starts, it starts,” Fennelly said. “The first four minutes or the first eight minutes of the game is not the warm up.”

Ultimately, however, he told the team to leave the loss behind in Texas and focus on playing the Huskers.

“You can’t lose to Nebraska on Tuesday because you lost to Baylor on Saturday,” Fennelly said.

A win at home over Nebraska will be especially welcome, as two of the Cyclones’ five Big 12 losses last season came at the hands of the Huskers. Nebraska was the only team to beat the Cyclones at Hilton last year.

The last time Iowa State faced the Nebraska, the Cyclones played without their starting point guard Alison Lacey. The team’s three replacement point guards only scored a combined nine points and turned over the ball 10 times.

Husker Lindsey Moore aided the Nebraska win as she scored 18 points as a freshman against the Cyclones.

“Lindsey Moore is back [this year],” Fennelly said. “Any time you have a really good point guard who is a good leader that is committed to winning and dictates the pace, you have a chance.”

This year Moore is averaging 10.4 points and 5.7 assists per game.

Nebraska also has some new blood for the Cyclones to look out for in the form of Jordan Hooper, a 6-foot-2 freshman who is averaging 15.7 points per game. Among Big 12 players, Hooper ranks 12th in scoring.

Despite the challenge the Huskers will bring for the Cyclones on Tuesday, Fennelly said the team is excited and ready to go.

“I think we’ll be ready to play,” Fennelly said. “It’s always fun to play Big 12 basketball in Hilton and we’ll get that chance on Tuesday.”

The Cyclones will take on the Huskers 7 p.m Tuesday at Hilton Coliseum.