Prins continues to come up big for Cyclones


Center Anna Prins fights for a rebound during Tuesday’s game against Nebraska. Prins had 11 rebounds and 18 points to help the Cyclones defeat the Huskers 64-43.

David Merrill

Anna Prins had her third impressive game in a row in Iowa State’s 64-43 victory over Nebraska (10-6, 0-2 Big 12) Tuesday night. This is an act that Iowa State (13-3, 1-1 Big 12) could get used to.

The sophomore center put up 18 points and 11 rebounds in the victory and has averaged 18 points and seven rebounds during the past two games.

For Prins, it was a matter of clearing her head.

“I think it’s just a mindset thing,” Prins said. “I just decided that I need to pick my game up. I was in a little bit of a slump, and I think it was just a confidence issue.”

Prins had balanced first and second halves. She put up 10 points and six rebounds in the first half then eight points and five rebounds in the second.

The team’s 80-51 victory over North Dakota State was the starting point for her hot streak. She had a game-high 22 points and totaled nine rebounds.

She was also one of the bright spots against Baylor, adding 15 points and six rebounds in a 70-58 loss.

Like Prins, coach Bill Fennelly couldn’t quite put his finger on what has been Prins’s spark over the past few games.

“It’s hard to say with a young person,” Fennelly said. “Sometimes it’s timing, sometimes it’s health, sometimes its opportunity. We all go through periods where were just not right. Whatever it is, just keep doing it.”