Welle breaks record in Cyclone victory

Jeremy Gustafson

LINCOLN, Neb.- Lindsey Wilson kept Iowa State in the game in the first half and Angie

Welle took it over in the second half as the No. 14 Cyclones picked up


first Big 12 Conference road win, 82-71 over Nebraska.

Welle, who was hit with two quick fouls and played only seven minutes


the first half, scored 16 of her 18 points in the final 20 minutes and

picked up a little piece of history on the way.

Welle’s 18th point, on a turnaround shot in the lane, broke the ISU

all-time scoring record. Her 1,868 points is two better than former


Megan Taylor accumulated from 1997-2001.

“I don’t know how many points I needed. I don’t know if I need 15 or


Welle said. “I guess it’s nice to get it out of the way and move on.”

With Welle on the bench most of the first half, the Cyclones relied on

Wilson and senior Tracy Gahan to keep them in the game.

Wilson had 11 points and Gahan 10 as the Cyclones fought off seven of


shooting from the three-point line to tie the Cornhuskers 36-36 at the


of the first half.

“I thought we had a real chance to take control in the first half,”

Nebraska head coach Paul Sanderford said. “I thought we missed an


With Welle back in for the start of the second half the Cyclones took

control of the game quickly.

Welle blocked a shot by Nebraska’s Katie Robinette and ran down court

for a

quick two points inside on an assist from Gahan. Just 20 seconds later


again took a pass inside and made it good for a score and a foul. The

three-point play put the Cyclones up 41-36.

Welle, who also grabbed 10 rebounds, said that the rest she received in


first half led to her explosive start.

“I only played seven minutes in the first half,” Welle said.


legs better be fresh.”

Nebraska closed to within two, 41-39, but Iowa State continued to


going on a 17-6 run to put the Huskers away.

“We went from a tie game to up 13 pretty quick,” ISU head coach Bill

Fennelly said.

With Welle back in the game the Cyclones three-point threats were left

open. Iowa State made good on seven of 11 threes in the second half


percent) and were 14 of 32 for the game. Iowa State’s 14 three

pointers in

the game tied a Husker opponent record in the Bob Devaney Sports

Center. The

previous record was held by Iowa State and BYU.

Gahan, who had a game-high 23 points, was five of nine from


the three-point line. Wilson finished five of seven on her threes.

“I think just having Angie in the game in the second half


opened things up,” said Wilson, who finished the game with 20 points.

For the game the Cyclones were good on 51.9 percent of their shots (27


52) while Nebraska struggled, shooting 26 of 64 (40.6 percent)

including a

12 of 37 slump in the second half.

Nebraska’s Keasha Cannon led the Huskers with a career-high 22

points. Robinette was next for the Huskers with 11.

“You’ve got to credit your defense for forcing the wrong people


take the wrong shots at the wrong time,” Fennelly said.

As for Welle, who is also the school record holder with 1,048 rebounds,


got her final basket despite her teammates not knowing she was so close


the record.

“We knew that she was close, but I didn’t know . when it


Gahan said. “Then in the locker room (ISU guard) Erica Junod went up


congratulated her. Then it was really exciting.”

Welle said she didn’t know at the moment either, even when the

Cyclone fans in attendance erupted with applause when she scored her

record-breaking basket.

“I thought (the fans) were just relieved that I caught the ball


didn’t turn it over,” Welle said. “I went over and did an interview

with Fox

Sports after (the game) and they told me.”

Iowa State, which improved to 3-5 in the Big 12, 15-5 overall,


now prepare to host Missouri at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.



IOWA ST. (15-5) Cizek 1-1 0-0 2, Welle 6-7 6-10 18, Wilson 7-12 1-2 20,

Gahan 7-12 4-4 23, Paustian 2-7 0-0 6, Fox 2-6 0-0 5, Cofield 2-7, 0-0


Kriener 0-0 3-4 3. Totals 27-52 14-20 82.

NEBRASKA (12-8) Robinette 4-15 2-2 11, Morse 0-3 0-0 0, Cowgill 2-3 0-0


Howell 4-9 0-0 10, Cannon 8-19 5-6 22, Cepero 1-1 0-0 2, Johansen 0-0

0-0 0,

Richards 1-5 0-0 3, Jones 3-5 3-4 9, Johnson 3-4 2-2 8. Totals 26-64



Halftime-Tied 36-36. 3-Point goals-Iowa St. 14-32 (Wilson 5-7, Gahan


Paustian 2-7, Fox 1-4, Cofield 1-4, Welle 0-1), Nebraska 7-19 (Cowgill


Howell 2-4, Cannon 1-4, Richards 1-4, Robinette 1-3, Morse 0-1). Fouled

out-None. Rebounds-Iowa St. 38 (Welle 10), Nebraska 29 (Robinette,


6). Assists-Iowa St. 19 (Wilson, Gahan 5), Nebraska 16 (Cannon 9).


fouls-Iowa St. 15, Nebraska 20. A-5,896.