Record-breaker Welle tops charts

Jeremy Gustafson

LINCOLN, Neb. – Lindsey Wilson and Tracy Gahan combined for 43 points and Iowa State secured its first Big 12 Conference road victory, but it was Angie Welle who stole the show.

Welle broke Megan Taylor’s all-time scoring record with 55 seconds left in the game on a turnaround shot in the lane. Her 18 points Saturday give her 1,868 for her career, two better than Taylor.

Oh, and the Cyclones won the game, 82-71.

“I don’t know how many points I needed. I don’t know if I need 15 or 20,” Welle said. “I guess it’s nice to get it out of the way and move on.”

The Cyclones have to feel the same way. After losing five of its first seven conference games, Iowa State needed this one bad.

“I told the kids after we played the Colorado game, `We’re gonna play a nine-game season,'” ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. “I wrote on the board when I went in tonight we’re 1-0.

“It’s nice to get a road win. Well, it’s nice to get any win the way it’s been going.”

Iowa State improved to 3-5 in the Big 12, 15-5 overall and proved that maybe they aren’t struggling as much as some naysayers may believe.

“Everybody asks me the last couple of days `What’s wrong with Iowa State?'” Nebraska head coach Paul Sanderford said. “There’s nothing wrong with Iowa State. This league is tough.”

Sanderford’s Cornhuskers always seem to bring out the best in the Cyclones. Iowa State has won the last seven meetings in the series and 10 of the last 12 meetings.

“I like the gym,” Welle said. “I don’t know if there’s any extra motivation. I think they just get us on a bad day, I guess.”

The way Iowa State won was impressive in its own right, playing all but seven minutes of the first half without Welle the Cyclones managed to keep it close and went into halftime tied at 36.

“I thought we had a real chance to take control of the game in the first half,” Sanderford said. “I thought we missed an opportunity.”

It was Wilson and Gahan who kept Iowa State close. Wilson scored 11 of her 20 points and Gahan 10 of her game-high 23 in the first half while Welle was held to two.

“Lindsey kept us in the game in the first half,” Fennelly said. “Angie took over in the second half and Tracy just kind of wandered in between both halves.”

Welle wasted no time getting back on track in the second half, scoring the first five points of the period.

“I only played seven minutes in the first half,” Welle said. “My legs better be fresh.”

Welle had to wait until the end of the game to score her record-breaking points, partly because her teammates didn’t know how close she was.

“We knew she was close,” Gahan said.

Welle’s final bucket was rewarded with a big round of applause from the Cyclone fans in attendance. Still that didn’t clue Welle in to what she had done.

“I thought [the fans] were just relieved that I caught the ball and didn’t turn it over,” she said.

It’s just another record Welle can add to her long list of accomplishments. Along with points she also has the most rebounds (1,048), free throws made and attempted (446-650) and blocked shots (136.)

But the only record she and her teammates care about is in the win-loss column.

“We’re just really focused now on these next eight games,” Wilson said. “We’re focusing on that being a mini-season in itself and turning things around.”

Gahan agreed.

“We just got to start over from here and look forward to what we have left in the season,” Gahan said.

Iowa State will get a shot at its first conference winning streak when it faces Missouri at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Hilton Coliseum.